March 15, 2013, Regina, Sask. (CIS) – The University of Calgary Dinos booked a return engagement with the Windsor Lancers in the national semi-final Friday afternoon, upending the Carleton University Ravens 59-51 in the second quarterfinal at the 2013 CIS Women’s Basketball Final 8.
The fifth-seeded Dinos will take on the defending champion and top-seeded Lancers in the first semi-final Saturday night at 5 p.m. It’s the second straight year the Dinos and Lancers will meet in the second round, with Windsor taking last year’s contest 81-71 on the Dinos’ home floor in Calgary en route to a second straight Bronze Baby.
The Ravens are relegated to the B-side of the draw and will face No. 8 seed Ottawa in the consolation semi-final Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Dinos managed to hang on for the win despite giving up 30 offensive rebounds to the Ravens and losing the overall battle on the glass by a whopping 54-33 margin. Carleton put up 72 attempts from the field against only 48 for Calgary, but the Ravens could only muster a 25 per cent efficiency from the field.
Calgary won the game from long range, shooting 8-for-20 from three-point land against 4-for-19 outside shooting by the Ravens.
It was a slow start for the Dinos, who didn’t record their first field goal until a three from Kristie Sheils nearly six minutes into the game – a sign of things to come. Sheils hit a total of four treys on the afternoon, with the final three coming in the fourth quarter with the game still very much in doubt as the Ravens had whittled Calgary’s 13-point lead down to just three.
The 14-point effort by the second-year guard from Elsemere Port, England was enough to earn her player-of-the game honours for the Dinos.
Her first bomb from outside sparked the Calgary offence, which overcame a six-point deficit midway through the first quarter to take a 16-12 lead after the first 10 minutes. The first five points of the second quarter extended the Calgary run to 16-3, and at the half the Dinos held a 34-25 lead.
Carleton roared back in the third, holding Calgary to just 11 points and three field goals while closing the gap to just five points, setting the stage for Sheils’ heroics in the fourth.
“I don’t know if it was nerves, but the looks that we had just weren’t dropping early on,” said Dinos head coach Damian Jennings of his team’s slow start. We’re a team that can create momentum for ourselves very quickly, but we have trouble putting teams over the edge of the cliff.”
The tandem of Lindsay Shotbolt and Ellizabeth Roach accounted for much of Carleton’s offence, with the two combining for 24 points and 14 offensive rebounds. Roach’s 15 points on the afternoon led all players, while Shotbolt picked up 13 rebounds – eight of which came on the offensive glass.
Jessica Franz matched that 13-board total for the Dinos, chipping in with five points. Ashley Hirons added a dozen points for the Dinos as she dialed it up from long range, while Alex Cole contributed 11 points.
The upstart Dinos now face the challenge of knocking off the two-time defending national champions when they face the mighty Windsor Lancers in Saturday’s semi-final.
“We knew making the final four that there would be some tough teams to face,” said Jennings. We’re excited about the victory – who wouldn’t want to play Windsor in the semi-final?
“(Windsor and Carleton) are two different teams, to be honest, and all seven other teams in this competition are excellent. Ottawa held its own for about 31 minutes today. Windsor doesn’t have fun against pressure, and that’s what we do.”
“It’s going to be a challenge,” added Sheils, “but any game that we have here is going to be hard. We have to do our stuff and not worry too much about them.”
CGY: 16-18-11-14: 59
CAR: 12-13-15-11: 51
Points: Kristie Sheils (14)
Rebounds: Jessica Franz (13)
Assists: Megan Schaufele (4)
Points: Elizabeth Roach (15)
Rebounds: Lindsay Shotbolt (13)
Assists: Kendall MacLeod (3)
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (ALL TIMES MDT)
FRIDAY, MAR. 15
1:00 – Quarter-final #1: Windsor 56, Ottawa 46
3:00 – Quarter-final #2: Calgary 59, Carleton 51
6:30 – Quarter-final #3: Regina vs. McGill
8:30 – Quarter-final #4: Saint Mary’s vs. Fraser Valley
SATURDAY, MAR. 16
1:00 – Consolation semifinal #1: Carleton vs. Ottawa
3:00 – Consolation semifinal #2: TBA
5:00 – Semifinal #1: Windsor vs. Calgary
7:00 – Semifinal #2: TBA
SUNDAY, MAR. 17
11:00 – 5th place: TBA
1:00 – 3rd place: TBA
4:00 – Championship: TBA