By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College women’s basketball team dropped their opening game to Algonquin, at the OCAA Championship, by a score of 65-49. St Clair scored the first basket of the game on their first possession, but Algonquin quickly took control, putting the Saints in an early hole and finished the quarter up 23-11.
St Clair had a brief spurt in the 2nd, but Algonquin answered and entered halftime up 38-22. The Saints could only muster 6 points in the 3rd quarter and Algonquin moved to their largest lead of the game at 54-28.
The Saints put together a good 4th, winning the final frame 21-13, but the damage was done.
St Clair guard Shannon Kennedy scored a game high 27 points from a variety of spots on the floor, and added nine rebounds for the near double-double. For her efforts, Kennedy was named Player of the Game for St Clair, but no other player approached double figures for the Saints.
Algonquin won the rebound war 48-35 and used their considerable quickness to score 20 points in transition off 23 St Clair turnovers.
Algonquin’s Lindsay Whittaker was named Player of the Game, scoring 19 points for the Thunder.
St Clair advances to the Bronze Medal quarter final on today against Niagara, who lost to Humber in their opening game.