March 15, 2013, (ISN) – The Algonquin Thunder defeated the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics in dramatic fashion by a score of 71-69. The game came down to the final five seconds of overtime when Holly Ryerse iced it with two free throws.
Algonquin advances to bronze medal quarter-final in overtime thriller
Ryerse, the Thunder MVP, had a game-high 24 points, while Sandre Bascoe contributed 20 of her own to lead Algonquin to victory. Chelsea MacKay had an outstanding game with 21 points and 7 assists, including a huge shot that gave the Mystics the lead in the final seconds of regulation.
The nail biter put some of the top female basketball talent in Canada on display to kick off day two of the CCAA women’s basketball national championships in Truro, NS. While both teams were already relegated to the consolation round, they did not let that deter their play whatsoever.
With the victory, Algonquin keeps their medal hopes alive. They will face the loser of Olds/Montmorency. The winner of that game will advance to the bronze medal and face the loser of Dawson/STU.
MSVU will play the loser of VIU/Fanshawe in a game that decides seventh and eighth place.
Mariners keep medal hopes alive
The VIU Mariners solidly defeated the Fanshawe Falcons 68-55. VIU took the lead early in the first and remained unthreatened by the Falcons until the fourth quarter. By that time it was too little, too late for Fanshawe.
The Mariners’ depth provided the decisive blow to the Falcons. All-Canadian Jocelyn Jones, Heather McCarthy, Jenna Carver and Shayna Worthington all contributed double-digit scoring totals. McCarthy, who won player of the game for VIU, also contributed nine rebounds and four steals.
The Falcons offence came down to Felicia Mazerolle (24 points) and Janine DeLeon (17 points). No other player on the Fanshawe team contributed more than four points.
With the win, VIU keeps their bronze medal hopes alive and will face the loser of the Olds/Montmorency game at 10 a.m. A win in that game will send the Mariners into the bronze medal contest.
The Fanshawe loss brings them to 0-2 in the championships and set a showdown with Mount St. Vincent to decide who is ranked seventh and eighth at 2:30 p.m. on SatuGamrday.