|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Andria Carlyon – 12||Pts: Angelina Carvery – 13|
|Reb: Andria Carlyon – 11||Reb: Laura Langille – 9|
|Ast: Jessilyn Fairbanks – 5||Ast: Angelina Carvery – 5|
|Team Statistics||Alberta||Saint Mary’s|
|Field Goal %||31.6% (18-57)||39.1% (27-69)|
|Pts off Turnovers||7||15|
|2nd Chance Pts||14||9|
|Pts in the Paint||28||30|
Photo credit Edwin Tam
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Angelina Carvery recorded agame-high 13 points to lead the second-seeded Saint Mary’sHuskies to a decisive 71-51 victory over the No. 7 Alberta Pandasin the first quarter-final of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’sbasketball championship at the St. Denis Centre on Fridayafternoon.
Rachelle Coward picked up 12 points while freshman Emily Jamesonadded 10 for the AUS conference champions, who improved to 30-0overall this season against CIS opponents. The Huskies return tothe national semifinals for the second straight year, hoping toimprove from the program-best bronze medal they claimed in 2013 inRegina.
Despite two-time CIS player of the year Justine Colley spendingonly 16 minutes on the court because of early foul trouble, Saintjumped out to a commanding 25-7 lead after the first quarter anddominated the second frame 21-8 to go into halftime ahead by46-15.
Colley, a senior national team member from East Preston, N.S.,finished with a modest seven points on 1-of-4 shooting from thefloor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line.
“It’s definitely not the way we drew this oneup,” said winning head coach Scott Munro. I was definitelyexpecting Justine to play way more than she did. But other playersstepped up. We took advantage of many open looks early and wereable to build a healthy lead.
“Alberta is a good basketball team. These things happen.They’ve been a top five team in the country all year and Iabsolutely still believe they’re worthy of thoserankings.”
Understandably, Alberta bench boss Scott Edwards wasn’tthrilled with the way things unfolded.
“First of all, credit to Saint Mary’s. They came outand played their game and hit some shots early that rattled ourteam,” Edwards said. “It was pretty disappointing tohave that kind of result in our biggest game of theyear.”
The Pandas, who earned the at-large berth for the championship,are making their first CIS tournament appearance since they tookhome a bronze medal in 2009. Andria Carlyon led the way in a losingcause with 10 points.
The second-highest ranked offence in the country were quick outof the gate, starting the game with an explosive 9-2 run thatprompted a timeout from Edwards. After dropping her first basket ofthe contest, Coward notched a running lay-in to help the Huskiesbuild their early lead.
Colley earned her only field goal of the game soon after with amid-range jumper. After Coward sank a three-pointer, the Huskiesforced an Alberta turnover and Jameson made them pay, sinkinganother jumper from beyond the arc. The St. John’s, Nfld. nativeconverted another quick lay-up in transition, helping the No. 2seed take a commanding 25-7 lead after one quarter of play.
Jameson continued to stay hot in the second, recording the firstthree points of the quarter with another long-ranger. Kelly Lyonsresponded by using some quick handy work under the Huskies basket,fighting off some heavy Saint Mary’s defensive pressure to earn alay-up for the Canada West bronze-medallists.
However, that did little to stymie the Huskies offensive wavethroughout the rest of the opening half of play. Carvery and CarlieNugent tallied consecutive three-pointers, and Jameson’s long deepcorner two solidified a dominant first half where Saint Mary’s shota potent 50% from the floor and made six of their 13 attempts frombeyond the arc.
The Huskies limited the Pandas to single digits in each of thefirst two quarters as well as a first-half field-goal percentage of16.7%. Jameson paced Saint Mary’s with a half-high of 10 points,while three Pandas picked up a team-high of four each forAlberta.
Carlyon looked to create a spark for the Pandas at the start ofthe second half, picking up a basket while taking a foul andconverting the ensuing free-throw. Carlyon and Megan Van de kraatsthen both got to the foul line on consecutive possessions butcombined to go just 1-of-4. Saskia Van ginhoven helped the Albertacause with a strong penetration inside for two more points, but thePandas still faced a 30-point deficit at the midway point of thethird.
The AUS champs continued to maintain their healthy spread intothe final quarter of play and Munro took an opportunity to rest histwo-time CIS MVP throughout the latter stages of the final twoquarters.
The Huskies finished with a 39.1% field-goal percentage whilethe Pandas used an improved second-half offence to finish at a31.6% efficiency. Alberta narrowly won a tight rebound battle with47 boards compared to 46 from the Huskies.
In Saturday’s early semifinal at 3 p.m., Saint Mary’s willplay the winner of Saskatchewan and Queen’s, live on Sportsnet 360and www.cis-sic.tv.
The Pandas will play the loser of Saskatchewan-Queen’s onthe consolation side at 10 a.m.
SMU 25-21-14-11: 71
ALB 7-8-13-23: 51
Points: Angelina Carvery (13), Rachelle Coward (12), Emily Jameson(10)
Rebounds: Laura Langille (9), Emily Jameson (6)
Assists: Angelina Carvery (5)
Player of the game: Angelina Carvery
Points: Andria Carlyon (12), Saskia VanGinhoven (10)
Rebounds: Andria Carlyon (11), Jessilyn Fairbanks (6), SallyHillier (6)
Assists: Jessilyn Fairbanks (5)
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times EASTERN TIME)
Friday, March 14
13:00 Quarter-final 1: Saint Mary’s 71, Alberta 51
15:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 6 Queen’s vs. No. 3 Saskatchewan(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier vs. No. 1 Windsor (
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 5 Fraser Valley vs. No. 4 McGill (
Saturday, March 15
10:00 Consolation 1: No. 7 Alberta vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
12:00 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
15:00 Semifinal 1: No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. Winner QF 2(Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
17:00 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 /
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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