By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair Saints women’s basketball team departed yesterday for their pre-tournament practice in preparation for the OCAA Provincial Championship, hosted by Centennial College in Scarborough. The Saints will attempt to upset 4-time defending OCAA Champion Algonquin College on Thursday with tip time set for 3:00 pm.
Algonquin (15-1) had only one loss this season, to St Lawrence, but slipped to 2nd place by virtue of the tie-breaker in the East Region. The Thunder come off an 85-62 victory over Sheridan in the cross-over play-off to qualify for the OCAA’s.
They are led by 5th year 5’ 5” point guard Felicia Mazerolle. She is a top defender, managing 3.9 steals per game, 2nd in the OCAA. Teammates Lindsay Whittaker and Francesca Bellehumeur-Moya also averaged double points figures, but the entire roster is experienced and their height can match up with any team in the province.
The Saints are riding a 6-game winning streak and coming off a 73-60 home court win over Durham, in the qualifying game this past weekend. Second-year forward Shannon Kennedy led the province in total points scored and also ranks top 10 in the OCAA with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Second-year point guard Meighen Boyd has a double digit scoring average at 11.0 points per game while ranking 3rd in the province with 4.6 assists per game.
St Clair won an OCAA Bronze Medal at this tournament last year and will look to improve on that performance this weekend.
Day 1 – March 5
- 1pm – Game #1: Niagara (5th West, 12-7) vs. Humber (1st West, 17-1)
- 3pm – Game #2: St. Clair (3rd West, 13-6) vs. Algonquin (2nd East, 15-1)
- 6pm – Game #3: Centennial (3rd East, 11-5) vs. Mohawk (2nd West, 16-2)
- 8pm – Game #4: Fanshawe (4th West, 13-6) vs. St. Lawrence K (1st East, 15-1)
Day 2 – March 6th
- 1pm – Game #5: Loser Game#1 vs. Loser Game#2
- 3pm – Game #6: Loser Game#3 vs. Loser Game#4
- 6pm – Game #7: Winner Game#1 vs. Winner Game#2
- 8pm – Game #8: Winner Game#3 vs. Winner Game#4
Day 3 – March 7th
- 10am – Game #9: Loser Game#7 vs. Winner Game#6
- 12pm – Game #10: Loser Game#8 vs. Winner Game#5
- 5pm – Bronze: Winner Game#9 vs. Winner Game#10
- 7pm – Gold: Winner Game#7 vs. Winner Game#8
Tournament information and results, along with web streaming links, can be followed online.