Hawks earn first ever CCAA Women's Basketball title

Hawks earn first ever CCAA Women's Basketball title

Humber Hawks 50, Holland Hurricanes 49

It took a final second 3-pointer to give Humber College the CCAA National Title on Saturday night as they defeated Holland College 50-49 in the Championship Game at the St. Clair College SportsPlex in Windsor. Humber’s Ruth Holland was kicked out a pass at the top circle and nailed a triple leaving only 0:00.5 on the clock. Holland College’s desperation pass down the court was knocked away to give Humber its first ever CCAA National Championship and tipped off quite a celebration for the Humber faithful. Holland College had control of the low scoring game and held a slim 22-20 lead at halftime. They increased that lead in the third quarter and were up 49-42 with just a few minutes to play. But Humber closed the gap after some untimely Holland miscues setting up the final dramatics. Ruth Holland only scored 8 points but with that final shot earned her Player of the Game honours for Humber. Candace Smith was Holland’s Player of the Game and scored 14 points.

NAIT Ooks 53, Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy 62

NAIT claimed the Bronze Medal at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a narrow 63-62 win over Sainte-Foy. Trailing 41-38 at halftime, NAIT staked themselves an 8-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and they needed every point as Sainte-Foy would make it interesting with a late comeback. It came down to the final possession but Sainte-Foy’s final shot attempt fell short that would have been the winner. Nicole Ruptash scored 16 points including four triples on her way to the Player of the Game award for NAIT. Laurie Marchand scored a game high 24 points for Sainte-Foy’s Player of the Game award.

NAIT Ooks 65, Nomades de Montmorency 57

The NAIT Ooks knocked Montmorency out of the tournament in the Bronze Medal Semi-final on Saturday morning with a 65-57 win. Montmorency took control early leading 18-9 over NAIT in the first quarter but then surrendered the next 15 points unanswered bridging into the second quarter. In fact, NAIT only allowed 7 more Montmorency points the rest of the first half and took a 42-25 lead into the break. NAIT stretched their lead to 24 points in the third quarter going ahead 51-27. Montmorency recovered the remainder of the game and got it to a one possession game at 56-54 late in the fourth quarter but NAIT put on the final push for the victory. Torey Hill had the monster performance for the NAIT Player of the Game recording a double-double by halftime finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds adding a pair of blocked shots and steals. Nadège Pluviouse had a good overall game scoring 11 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy 61, VIU Mariners 54

It may not be the medal they were looking for but Sainte-Foy earned the right to play for Bronze after defeating VIU 61-54 on Saturday afternoon. VIU was a worthy opponent taking a first quarter lead of 12-11 but Sainte-Foy overtook them by halftime at 26-24. Sainte-Foy continued their run into the third quarter allowing VIU only eight points in the frame. VIU made a nice comeback to within four points in the late stages but Sainte-Foy salted it away at the free throw line. Sainte-Foy out-rebounded VIU 47-29 in a key statistic for the game.  Myriam Leclerc was named Player of the Game for Sainte-Foy after scoring 16 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Lanae Adams scored a game-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the VIU Player of the Game award. 

St. Mary’s Lightning 82, St. Clair Saints 72

St. Mary’s University used a strong fourth quarter to defeat host St. Clair in the 7th Place game. The Lightning put up 28 points in the fourth quarter with Montana Romeril scoring 12 of her game high 34 points in the period. Shooting a perfect 16-for-16 from the free throw line, Romeril claimed the Player of the Game award for St. Mary’s. St. Clair was leading 37-34 at halftime but caught out of position too often on defense allowed St. Mary’s to score 26 points from the charity stripe. Jaide Lyons was St. Clair’s Player of the Game and ended her career scoring 19 points and narrowly missed a double-double with 9 rebounds.

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