(WINDSOR, ON) – St Clair College, the host of the 2015-16 CCAA Women’s National Basketball Championships, was removed from medal contention Friday after a 98-61 defeat at the hands of 3-time defending champion Nomades de Montmornecy.
A competitive game saw the teams tied 21-21 with St Clair making five triples in the opening frame while Montmorency doing the damage from short range. Montmorency put it all together for an impressive 31-point second quarter and led 52-33 by the halftime break.
Not relenting in the third quarter, Les Nomades increased their lead to 79-48 after 30 minutes, putting the game out of reach.
Montmorency’s Juliette Gauthier led all scorers with 26 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and earned the Player of the Game Award.
St Clair’s Shannon Kennedy was Player of Game for the Saints, scoring 17 points and adding 5 rebounds.
The loss resulted in the Saints facing St Mary’s University in the 7th place game on Saturday afternoon. Despite St Clair leading 37-34 at halftime, the Lightning decided the game in the 4th quarter with 28 points as Montana Romeril dropped 12 of her game-high 34 points, in the final frame.
Romeril hit a perfect 16-for-16 from the penalty stripe and claimed Player of the Game honours for her performance.
Fifth-year forward Jaide Lyons was St Clair’s Player of the Game and ended her career scoring 19 points and narrowly missing a double-double with 9 boards.
Meanwhile, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks knocked Montmorency out of the tournament Saturday morning with a 65-57 victory. The Ooks win was completed in come-from-behind fashion as Les Nomades took an early 18-9 lead before NAIT secured a halftime 42-25 lead.
Montmorency recovered the remainder of the game and got to within a single bucket, 56-54, late in the fourth quarter, but the Ooks put on the final push for the victory.
Torey Hill had the monster performance as the NAIT Player of the Game, recording a double-double by halftime, and finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds plus a pair of blocked shots and steals.
Nadège Pluviouse had a good overall game for Montmorency, scoring 11 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
With the win NAIT advanced to the Bronze Medal Game at 6:00pm Saturday evening to meet Sainte-Foy.
Les Dynamiques earned their way to the Bronze Game by defeating Vancouver Island University 61-54 Saturday afternoon.
VIU was a worthy opponent as they took a first quarter lead of 12-11, but Sainte-Foy leap-frogged them by halftime at 26-24. Sainte-Foy continued their run into the third quarter, allowing VIU only eight points in the frame.
The Mariners made a nice comeback to within four points in the late stages, but Les Dynamiques 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 and 4 rebounds with 3 assists.
Lanae Adams scored a game-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and 4 assists as the VIU Player of the Game.