Saint Mary’s staves off comeback bid; holds on for win over Fraser Valley

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Braden Konschuh

March 17, 2013, Regina, Sask (ISN) – Saint Mary’s saw what had been a 16-point lead all but disappear late, but held on for a 62-57 victory over Fraser Valley on Friday night in the last quarter-final of the 2013 CIS Championship at the University of Regina.

Fraser Valley, which came into the tournament as the No. 7 seed, scored 12 consecutive points over a span of four minutes midway through the fourth quarter to get to within one, but five straight points for SMU put it back in control and the Huskies held off the Cascades down the stretch for the win.

“They’re a talented offensive team and we knew that they were going to make a run and that we’d have to maintain our defensive intensity,” Saint Mary’s head coach Scott Munro said. “It’s the old adage – bend, but don’t break – and we were able to do that.”

Justine Colley, who was crowned the CIS Player of the Year at last night’s awards gala, scored 17 points to led Saint Mary’s. Naomie Fequiere added 14 points for the Huskies, while Lindsay Panchan came off the bench to score 11 and Laura Langille chipped in with 10.

Fraser Valley’s Kayli Sartori tied Colley for the game high with 17 points and six assists, while Sarah Wierks had 14 points and 11 rebounds to secure the lone double-double of the contest. Courtney Bartel had 11 points in 26 minutes off the bench for the Cascades.

It was all Saint Mary’s early, as the Huskies built up a 20-7 lead in the first 5:35 of the first quarter. Fraser Valley got to within five by the end of the first, and Saint Mary’s took a 29-23 advantage into halftime after a low-scoring second quarter which saw the two teams combine for just 17 points.

No. 2-seeded Saint Mary’s controlled the third quarter and looked to be well on its way to victory after a lead that reached as many as 16 points, but Fraser Valley put together its big run to get right back into the contest.

Saint Mary’s will square off with tournament host and No. 3 seed Regina on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Access 7 / www.cis-sic.tv), while Fraser Valley moves to the consolation bracket and will meet No. 6 seed McGill on Saturday at 3 p.m. (www.cis-sic.tv).

LINE SCORE

UFV: 15-8-11-23: 57

SMU: 20-9-19-14: 62

STAT LEADERS

Fraser Valley

Points: Kayli Sartori (17)

Rebounds: Sarah Wierks (11)

Assists: Kayli Sartori (6)

Saint Mary’s

Points: Justine Colley (17)

Rebounds: Justine Colley (9)

Assists: Justine Colley (6)

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 68, McGill 53

8:30 – Quarter-final #4: Saint Mary’s 62, Fraser Valley 57

SATURDAY, MAR. 16

1:00 – Consolation semifinal #1: Carleton vs. Ottawa

3:00 – Consolation semifinal #2: McGill vs. Fraser Valley

5:00 – Semifinal #1: Windsor vs. Calgary

7:00 – Semifinal #2: Regina vs. Saint Mary’s

SUNDAY, MAR. 17

11:00 – 5th place: TBA

1:00 – 3rd place: TBA

4:00 – Championship: TBA

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