|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Liz Boag – 18||Pts: Kelsey Trulsrud – 22|
|Reb: Gemma Bullard – 7||Reb: Kelsey Trulsrud – 15|
|Ast: Liz Boag – 2||Ast: Kabree Howard – 7|
|Field Goal %||25.0% (18-72)||32.1% (17-53)|
|Pts off Turnovers||21||6|
|2nd Chance Pts||5||6|
|Pts in the Paint||18||20|
Photo Credit: Edwin Tam
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Kelsey Truslud recorded a game-high22 points and the No. 3 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies held off theupstart No. 6 Queen’s Gaels, winning their quarter-final match61-52 at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketballchampionship on Friday afternoon at the St. Denis Centre.
The Canada West champions will move on to the nationalsemi-finals on Saturday afternoon where they will take on the AUSbanner-winners from Saint Mary’s. The Huskies, making their sixthappearance in the championships in the last seven years, had theirbest finish as the CIS finalists back in 2011, the last time theBronze Baby was awarded at the University of Windsor.
Trulsrud was 7-of-12 from the field, and added a game-best 15rebounds to record the weekend’s first double-double. Kabree Howardtallied 12 points while Dalyce Emmerson garnered 11 rebounds forSaskatchewan.
Queen’s, who are returning the national spotlight after a10-year absence from the CIS championships, was led by stand-outguard Liz Boag who grabbed a team-best 18 points for the Gaels, whofell in the OUA Finals last weekend to No. 1 Windsor.
“I’m not surprised at all by how close this gamewas. I have so much respect for (Queen’s head coach) Dave(Wilson) and his program. They’re a team that puts a lot ofpressure on you, they’re relentless,” said Saskatchewanhead coach Lisa Thomaidis. “I’m proud of the way ourteam managed to stay in the game and grind out this win. We showeda lot of character today.”
Wilson, in his 32nd season at the helm of the Gaels, thought histeam was a few possessions away from pulling off the upset.
“We had a number of opportunities to build the leadsubstantially and couldn’t capitalize on that and wecouldn’t keep the pace that we would have liked to have keptin that fourth quarter. This has been a team of character all yearand they have a lot of pride in the efforts they put into the gameso they will come out very hard tomorrow and we will give Albertaall that they can handle.”
The second quarter-final of the day got off to a torrent startas both squads began with high-pace tempos offensively.Back-to-back three’s by Kiera Lyons and Riley Humbert ofSaskatchewan was answered with two long-rangers by Boag earlyon.
The Huskies turned over the ball on three-straight possessionsmidway through the quarter, and the Gaels took a slight 10-8 lead.However, Kabree Howard responded with a bucket and made foul shotfor a three-point play to put Saskatchewan back in front. Trulsrudhit a three and Antoinette Miller drained two of her free throwsafter the Gaels moved into the penalty with their fifth foul of theperiod.
However, Boag continued to carry her squad through the openingquarter, taking the ball end-to-end and finishing with a runningfloater down the middle of the key. The Kingston, Ont. nativefinished with 10 points in the first quarter but her team faced an18-15 deficit heading after 10 minutes of play.
The Gaels tightened up defensively in the first few minutes ofthe second, holding Saskatchewan pointless in the opening minutes.A three-pointer from Jenny Wright at the 7:01 mark was followed bya Gemma Bullard jumper off the glass, putting the Gaels up byfour.
Meanwhile, the Huskies picked up their first points of thesecond after a 5:12 drought as Trulsrud hit a running lay-up whiletaking a foul. After she made her free-throw Antoinette Millerpenetrated through the Gaels defence for an athletic lay-in to helpawaken the Saskatchewan offence. A three-pointer by Howard andrunning jumper by Trulsrud briefly restored the Canada Westsilver-medallist’s lead.
However, Boag persevered, using her speed to earn another tripto the foul-line while picking up two points. The OUAfirst-team all-star led all players with 13 points at halftime,helping the Gaels to a 31-28 lead through two quarters of play.
Abby Dixon gave Queen’s a six-point advantage midway through thethird-quarter with her first points of the game, a basket frombeyond the arc. The North Vancouver, BC product then scored on anopen lay-up following a quick transition play from theGaels.
The OUA finalists were looking to extend their lead late in thethird, as they held the ball on one sole possession for the final2:12 of the period. After a strange series of events, includingfive offensive boards, a Saskatchewan foul and kick-ball as well asa jump-ball which went the way of the Gaels, Emily Hazlett hit ajumper with two seconds remaining to give Queen’s a 43-37 lead atthe end of three quarters.
Trulsrud brought the Huskies back to within a single possessionafter hitting a contested lay-up. The Saskatoon, Sask. native sanktwo foul shots as the momentum started to swing in Saskatchewan’sfavour. A strong rejection from Dalyce Emerson led to a RileyHumbert basket that gave the Huskies their first lead of the secondhalf.
Trulsrud continued her strong play late in the game, stealing aQueen’s pass attempt before Miller hit a tough jumper with the shotclock running out, extending Saskatchewan’s lead. After a Gaelsmiss, Howard converted two free throws with just over 30 secondsremaining.
Wright and Boag both missed the target on their long-rangeattempts in an effort to bring the Gaels within striking distance,allowing the Huskies to pull away for the victory and clinch aberth in the semi-finals Saturday.
No. 2 Saint Mary’s and No. 3 Saskatchewan will do battle for aberth in the CIS Finals tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and thegame will be broadcast on Sportsnet 360 and at www.CIS-SIC.tv.
The Gaels will take on the Alberta Pandas in the consolationsemi-finals Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. That match will beavailable live at CIS-SIC.tv.
SSK 18-10-9-24: 61
QNS 15-16-12-9: 52
Points: Kelsey Trulsrud (22), Kabree Howard (12), Antoinette Miller(11)
Rebounds: Kelsey Trulsrud (15), Dalyce Emmerson (11)
Assists: Kabree Howard (7)
Player of the game: Kelsey Trulsrud
Points: Liz Boag (18), Jenny Wright (12)
Rebounds: Gemma Bullard (7), Jenny Wright (6)
Assists: Liz Boag (2)
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: Saskatchewan 61, Queen’s 52
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. No. 6 Queen’s (
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. No. 3 Saskatchewan(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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