(WELLAND, ON) – The St Clair Saints women’s basketball team fell 90-81 yesterday afternoon to the Humber Hawks at the OCAA Championship hosted by Niagara College in Welland. The Saints are now relegated to the consolation side of the bracket with no chance at a provincial medal. They will and face St Lawrence today at 1:00pm.
The Saints were playing right with the nation’s 2nd ranked team, and hit a pair of treys to end the 1st quarter tied at 24-24. Humber, however, continued to stay hot, shooting over 50% from the field and from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half.
St Clair cooled off enough in the 2nd quarter to allow the Hawks to take a 51-38 lead into the halftime break. Humber then maintained their momentum into the 3rd where they increased their lead to as many as 19 points.
The Saints never gave in, though, and with some desperation in the final frame they cut the deficit to just 9 points on a few occasions, but could get no closer.
Statistically, Humber had a slight advantage in rebounding, 42 to 36, but scored 11 second chance points to just 1 for St Clair.
Third-year guard, and 2nd Team West All-Star, Shannon Kennedy was named the St Clair Player of the Game after scoring 23 points to go with 6 rebounds.
Fifth-year guard, and 1st Team West All-Star, Jaide Lyons dropped 16 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Nicole Tamm and Sarah Body each scored 14 points for St Clair, with Bondy also contributing 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
St Clair College will host the CCAA National Championships beginning March 16 at the Sportsplex.