March 14, 2013, (ISN) – The Dawson College Blues decisively topped the Vancouver Island University Mariners 65-43 in first round action at the CCAA women’s basketball nationals. Dawson rode a 33-16 lead into the second half and never looked back in a strong debut at the championships in Truro, NS.
Despite a much better second half for VIU, their poor play in the opening two quarters hindered their attempt at any sort of comeback. Poor shooting plagued them all night, as they went 11 for 45 from the field and did not make a single three pointer all game.
Calyah Cruickshank and Jennifer Silver led the way for the Blues by contributing 19 and 14 points, respectively. Sarah St-Fort added a game-high 10 rebounds for Dawson. Jocelyn Jones had a team-high 10 points for VIU.
With the win, Dawson advances to the semis Mar. 15 and will face the winner of Fanshawe/STU.
By losing their opening match, the sixth-seeded VIU Mariners are relegated to the consolation round. They will face the loser of Fanshawe/STU on Mar. 15.
After losing the RSEQ title to the top seeded Nomandes de Montmorencey, the Blues were determined to get redemption on the national stage. With the victory they are one step closer to doing so.
Dawson College looks to carry the momentum created by their first round win into the next round in their quest to avenge their RSEQ championship loss. In their eyes silver is not good enough; only gold will suffice this time around.
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Tommies survive early scare, move on to semifinal
The St. Thomas Tommies topped the Fanshawe Falcons 76-53.
The No. 7 ranked Fanshawe was leading second-seeded St. Thomas by two points after the first quarter. St. Thomas then surged and went on a 16-0 run during the second quarter and never looked back.
St. Thomas was led in points by Kelly Vass (12), Carissa McTague (10) and Ashley Bawn (10). Fanshawe’s offence rested on the shoulders of Natasha Amo (23) and Felicia Mazerolle (16).
The Tommies will now face the third-seeded Dawson College Blues in the semifinal Friday at 8:15 p.m. Fanshawe will move into the consolation round where they will face the VIU Mariners Friday at 3:15 p.m.