Match 5: Douglas Royals 78, MSVU Mystics 60
A strong first half by Rachel Beauchamp, Ellen Fallis and Sarah Jorgenson propelled the Douglas Royals to a 78-60 victory over the Mount St. Vincent Mystiques as consolation play began in the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship.
Beauchamp was the leading scorer with 22 points. Fallis contributed 19 and Jorgenson, who was selected as her team’s Player of the Game, added 14.
After falling behind early, the Mystiques launched several promising rallies, all of which were cut short before a real threat could take shape. Only in the final three minutes did Mount Saint Vincent climb within 10 points of the lead. However their attempts were thwarted by the taller Royals, who dominated the rebounding at both ends of the floor.
Guard Kate Gallant was named MSVU’s player of the game. She collected 12 points and six rebounds. Maria Carroll, perfect from the foul line in seven attempts, added another 13 points for the Mystics.
Match 6: Humber Hawks 78, Holland Hurricanes 66
Rebounding from their opening round loss, the top-seeded Humber Hawks defeated the Holland Hurricanes 78-66 to keep alive their medal hopes alive.
In a game marked by a whopping 57 foul shots, the Hawks, undefeated in their OCAA season, were led by player-of-the-year Ceejay Nofuente’s 23-point performance. Also prominent was Aleena Domingo, who totaled 17 points and was named Humber’s Player of the Game. Leticia Lopez, with 10 points, was the only other Humber player to reach double figures in scoring.
Humber took a seven-point lead within the first two minutes and never gave up the edge, which grew to 44-26 by halftime.
Holland’s Player of the Game, Jayla Verney, produced 24 points and led her team with three steals. Five teammates – Ty’Keia Beals, Tyleigha Nelson, Darcy Zinck and Chelsea Slawter-Wrig, - each produced double-digit points as well. Zinck was also the game’s top rebounder with nine.
Match 7: Lethbridge Kodiaks 74, Nomades de Montmorency 70
Getting 66 of their points from only three players, the Lethbridge Kodiaks held off the Nomades de Montmorency for a 77-70 victory, advancing them to the CCAA Women’s Basketball Final.
The third-seeded Kodiaks, who won their opener on Thursday by 55 points, had a 19-point lead in the second quarter only to watch it disappear as the second-seeded RSEQ team refused to fold. Twice in the dying moments, Montmorency grabbed a one-point edge only to have Lethbridge regain its margin on the next possession.
Late foul shots by Kodiaks Player-of-the-Game Emma Lowry created the ultimate four-point margin.
Sunder West and all-Canadian Logan Moncks were equally productive with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Lowry and West each played the full 40 minutes.
Montmorency suffered a serious early blow when standout Mael Gilles drew three fouls in the first quarter and was forced to the bench. Returning in the fourth quarter, she led the comeback with 12 points and some excellent passes before fouling out in the dying moments.
Andrea Torres sparked Montmorency’s offence with 21 points and was her team’s Player of the Game. Frederique Beauchamp hit for 14 and Jael Kabunda for 13. She also hauled in 11 rebounds to pace both teams and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the foul line.
Match 8: Dawson Blues 68, NAIT Ooks 55
A 13-point explosion in the second quarter carried the Dawson Blues into the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball Final.
They defeated the host NAIT Ooks for the right to face the Lethbridge Kodiaks with the title on the line.
Despite having fewer experienced players, Dawson never trailed in this game. They took an early lead and held it grimly, although NAIT scrambled to tie the score 23-23 going into halftime.
Dawson built its success on exceptional outside shooting: 11 of 33, compared with only 4 of 19 for NAIT. Most impressive for the winners was Sorelle Ineza, who connected on five of seven attempts and totaled 17 points.
Dawson’s top scorer and Player of the Game was Leony Boudreau, with 20 points. Tamara Farqhar added 10 points and Dahomee Forges took 12 rebounds.
Fifth-year guard Shea-Lynn Noyes paced NAIT with 15 points and was named the team’s Player of the Game. Torey Hill added 13 and Sydney Hurlburt had 11. Hill also paced NAIT on the boards with 12 rebounds.
Final Day Schedule – Saturday, March 18, 2017
10 am MT – Bronze Semi-Final – Humber Hawks vs. Nomades de Montmorency
12 pm MT – Bronze Semi-Final – Douglas Royals vs. NAIT Ooks
2 pm MT – Placement Match – MSVU Mystics vs. Holland Hurricanes
6 pm MT – Bronze Medal Match – TBD vs. TBD
8 pm MT – National Championship Match – Lethbridge Kodiaks vs. Dawson Blues
National Championship Links