If you walked into Viking Pavilion forward of the Portland State women’s basketball team’s Tuesday’ early morning practice, you would not have read the regular shootaround songs. Alternatively of Drake – Savannah Dhaliwal’s most loved as anyone ought to know – you would have read Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Over the Rainbow blasting more than the stadium’s loudspeakers.
Excellent style, to start with of all. 2nd of all, that track, paired with the Vikings taking pictures close to before a observe, likely couldn’t illustrate any better how this weekend will be for the Vikings. It is a enjoyable excursion with your teammates, but it is really also a business vacation. You’re going to Hawaii, but you’re also likely there to get a few of basketball games.
The Vikings traveled to Oahu Wednesday morning, and will get a probability to discover a bit outside of their follow on shootaround instances Thursday and Saturday. The business component will come Friday and Sunday, when the Vikings encounter Prairie See A&M and Hawaii as element of the Lender of Hawaii Classic. The Vikings open the event against Prairie Check out A&M Friday at 6:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. HT, ahead of wrapping it up versus Hawaii Sunday at 7 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. HT.
The Vikings head into the tournament with a little bit of momentum, possessing long gone 2- at home during the very first week of the season. The improvement from video game-to-game was obvious for a young Viking workforce, particularly on defense. In the initial quarter of their season opener from Warner Pacific on Nov. 9, the Vikings permitted 28 factors on 11-of-18 capturing over-all and 5-of-7 from deep. Above the future seven quarters, even so, the Vikings held their two opponents to just 35-of-109 (.321) in general from the flooring and 8-of-52 (.154) from three-point range.
The defensive energy was most spectacular in the Vikings’ 80-52 get about Dixie State past Friday. Dixie Condition arrived into the recreation acquiring just established a faculty document with 22 3-ideas in their year opener a few days prior to. The Vikings held Dixie Point out to just 5-of-34 (.147) shooting from deep, having said that,…