Ooks Survive Late Push For Bronze

Nicole Ruptash is cheered on by her teammates as she leads a rush down the court. Ruptash was named NAIT's player of the game.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Nicole Ruptash is cheered on by her teammates as she leads a rush down the court. Ruptash was named NAIT’s player of the game.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Jay Shewfelt

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has claimed the Bronze Medal at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a narrow 63-62 win over Les Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy.

Trailing 41-38 at halftime, the Ooks staked themselves an 8-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and they needed every point as Sainte-Foy would make it interesting with a late comeback. It came down to the final possession, but Sainte-Foy’s final shot attempt fell short, instead of being the winner.

Railene Hooper reacts after pulling down the final rebound as the buzzer sounds with the NAIT Ooks outlasting Les Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy 63-62 to win the 2015-16 CCAA bronze medal.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Railene Hooper reacts after pulling down the final rebound as the buzzer sounds with the NAIT Ooks outlasting Les Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy 63-62 to win the 2015-16 CCAA bronze medal.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Nicole Ruptash scored 16 points, including four triples, on her way to the Player of the Game Award for NAIT.

Laurie Marchand scored a game high 24 points as Sainte-Foy’s Player of the Game.

Laurie Marchand (4) was named as Sainte-Foy's player of the game. Marchand contributed 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists in the loss.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Laurie Marchand (4) was named as Sainte-Foy’s player of the game. Marchand contributed 24 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists in the loss.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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