1986-87 Women's Basketball Championships

1986-87 University of Victoria Women’s Basketball
CIAU National Champions
The Team
Kathy Shields (Head Coach)
Janet Fowler
Lori Clarke
Karla Karch
Tessa Valg
Irina Sladecek
Kim Poland
Elizabeth Sara
Sandy Begg
Shannon Conway
Lynn Montgomery
Joanne Nutini
Adele Fedorak
The University of Victoria’s women’s basketball team dominated the Canada West conference consisting of the University of Calgary, Lethbridge, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia. In nine years the Vikettes have only lost one Canada West Championship earning them eight titles and 113 total wins for head coach Kathy Shields.
Victoria hosted the 1986-87 Canada West tournament adding a home court advantage for the feisty team. With a 2-0 record the UVic women swept their competition, defeating the University of Alberta 76-47 and the University of Lethbridge 66-49. Third year leaders Lori Clarke and Janet Fowler were named Canada West first team all-stars, while first year Karla Karch was named to the second team.
The three Vikette powerhouses Clarke, Fowler and Karch racked up a combined total of 481 points throughout the season. Shooting a free throw percentage of 82.5 percent Clarke earned 181 points, 35 assists and 33 total rebounds. Complimenting Clarke, Fowler controlled the free throw line shooting a perfect 90 percent, 17 assists, 81 combined rebounds and 175 points. Paying no mind to her freshmen status, Karch confidently banked 125 points, 29 rebounds and 24 assists. Clarke and Fowler successfully out-shot and out-rebounded there previous season with a combined ratio of 356-260 point and 114-104 rebounds.
Clarke, Fowler and Karch’s on court leadership would drive the ladies to their fifth Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) national championship title, as of 1979. Playing in Laval, Quebec, the Vikettes aimed to redeemed their crown from the 1984-85 season. The Vikettes downed the University of Prince Edward Island in an opening match 83-60. Their domination continued during the second game against the University of Manitoba defeating the Bison's 68-48. In hopes of repeating their 1984-85 CIAU championships, the Vikettes met the University of Laurentian Voyageurs in the championship finals. Going down to the wire, the Vikettes pulled off a 54-52 victory over a competitive Voyageur team.
Clarke vindicated her CIAU First Team All-Star title and went on to earn player of the year. Clarke also won the Nan Copp Award as CIAU outstanding player of the year. Fowler was dubbed CIAU championship tournament most valuable player (MVP), player-of-the-game against the University of Prince Edward of Island and CIAU First Team All-Star. First–year Karch capped off the tournament’s All-Star team and received player-of-the-game against Manitoba and Laurentian. 
Canada West Record: 9-1 (1st)
Canada West Playoffs: 2-0 (Gold)
CIAU Record: 3-0 (Gold)
Canada West First Team All-Stars: Lori Clarke, Janet Fowler
Canada West Second Team All-Stars: Karla Karch
CIAU First Team All-Stars: Lori Clarke, Janet Fowler, Karla Karch
CIAU All-Canadian: Lori Clarke, Janet Fowler
CIAU MVP:  Janet Fowler
Nan Copp Award -CIAU Player of the Year: Lori Clarke

  • 1987 CIAU National Champions
  • Defeated the University of Lethbridge on home court to earn their eighth Canada West title
  • Defeated the University of Laurentian at Laval University in CIAU National Championships (54-52)