WBB National Championship: Day 2 Recap

WBB National Championship: Day 2 Recap

VIU Mariners 75, St. Mary’s Lightning 44

Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo, BC) kept their hopes alive for a Bronze Medal with a 75-44 victory over St. Mary’s University at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship on Friday afternoon at the St. Clair College SportsPlex. A tight game to start had St. Mary’s take a quick 12-11 lead after the opening quarter. VIU responded in the second quarter and closed the half up 27-21. St. Mary’s couldn’t connect in the third quarter only scoring 4 points as VIU pulled away holding a comfortable 46-25 lead going into final period. VIU kept the pedal down scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter to cruise to the final buzzer. The Mariners shot 50% in the second half and owned the boards for a 51-33 advantage. Sara Simovic was a clear choice for VIU Player of the Game, scoring 21 points to go with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Laura Belisle made three triples to reach double-figures for St. Mary’s to earn Player of the Game honours. 

Nomades de Montmorency 98, St. Clair Saints 61

Host St. Clair College was removed from medal contention at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship Friday after a 98-61 defeat at the hands of 3-time defending champion Montmorency (Laval, QC). A competitive game saw the teams tied 21-21 with St. Clair making five triples in the opening frame while Montmorency doing the damage from short range. Montmorency put it all together for an impressive 31-point second quarter and led 52-33 by the halftime break. Not relenting in the third quarter, the Nomades increased their lead 79-48 after three quarters putting the game out of reach. Montmorency’s Juliette Gauthier led all scorers with 26 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists to earn the Player of the Game Award.  St. Clair’s Shannon Kennedy was Player of Game for the Saints and scored 17 points adding 5 rebounds. Montmorency advances to the 10 a.m. Bronze Semi-final on Saturday, while St. Clair will play in 7th/8th Place Game against St. Mary’s at 2 p.m. 

Humber Hawks 78, NAIT Ooks 58                   

Humber College (Etobicoke, ON) put together an impressive showing, ousting NAIT (Edmonton, AB) by a score of 78-58 in the Gold Medal semi-final at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship. NAIT came out of the gate well in a physical low scoring battle to lead Humber 13-11 after the first quarter. However, Humber loosened up in the second quarter to move ahead 31-23 by halftime and then increased their advantage into the third quarter. Humber was able to go the bench midway through the 4th quarter after leading by as much as 28 points. Humber scored 26 points off 31 NAIT turnovers and shot 56% from the field in the second half.  Jill Semple was Player of the Game for Humber scoring 12 points adding 8 rebounds and a pair of steals. Chawncy McClenan scored 14 points and cleared 12 rebounds to go with 4 blocked shots for NAIT Player of the Game honours. Humber will play the winner of Sainte-Foy/Holland game in the Gold Medal Match Saturday. NAIT plays Montmorency at 10 a.m. in the Bronze Medal semi-final Saturday morning. 

Holland Hurricanes 79, Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy 64

Holland College (Charlottetown, PEI) played the role of giant killer with a 79-64 win over #1 ranked Sainte-Foy (Sainte-Foy, QC) on Friday night at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship at the St. Clair College SportsPlex. Holland did not waste any time taking a 19-8 lead after the first quarter but gave up a little ground in the second quarter and settled for a 34-28 cushion over Sainte-Foy. Holland put the clamps down in the third quarter and pulled ahead by 27 points early in the fourth quarter at 64-37. Sainte-Foy could not mount a serious comeback from the deficit and was relegated to the Bronze Medal semi-final Saturday at 12:00pm against VIU. With the win Holland advances to the Gold Medal Game on Saturday night against 2nd ranked Humber College with tip time at 8:30 p.m. The Holland Player of the Game award was given to Ashley Moss who filled the stat sheet with 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocked shots and 3 steals. Laurie Marchand scored 16 points for the Sainte-Foy Player of the Game award. Holland shot 45% from the 3-point range in the game and scored 26 points off the bench in the win.

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