|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Aieisha Luyken – 20||Pts: Mariam Sylla – 17|
|Reb: Sarah Wierks – 11||Reb: TEAM – 12|
|Ast: Aieisha Luyken – 6||Ast: Dianna Ros – 6|
|Field Goal %||42.4% (25-59)||26.9% (21-78)|
|Pts off Turnovers||20||16|
|2nd Chance Pts||10||24|
|Pts in the Paint||18||18|
Photo credit Steve Kriemadis
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Canada West second-team all-starAieisha Luyken recorded a game-high 20 points and the No. 5 rankedFraser Valley Cascades defeated the No. 4 McGill Martlets 74-60 inthe final quarter-final of the day at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CISwomen’s basketball championship on Friday evening.
Luyken shot 5-of-13 from the floor and added six rebounds forthe Cascades, who are making their second-straight nationalsappearance. UFV finished tied for seventh place in 2013, and arethe Canada West finalists at this year’s Final 8. Fraser Valleywill play No. 1 Windsor in the second semi-finals Saturday at 5p.m. at the St. Denis Centre, live on Sportsnet 360 and www.cis-sic.tv.
“It’s exciting. You know we’ve been to tworegionals and gone 0-1 and 0-1 and last year was 0-2 at nationalswhich was disappointing for everybody,” said UFV head coachAl Tuchscherer. “We wanted to come in this year with a littlebit different approach to how we prepared and how we carriedourselves and I thought tonight was a good game and it was prettybusiness-like for us. We’ve got our work cut out for ustomorrow for sure.
“I thought our ball movement was fantastic in the firsthalf and defensively we forced a lot of tough shots. We started tokind of glaze over a little bit in that third quarter and they cameat us super hard. All our time-outs, all our quarter time-outs,were just talking to the girls about relaxing and just havingconfidence in what we do and just finding something to make ithappen. They did, so I’m really proud of them. McGill pulledwithin two at one point and we got some big baskets down thestretch, and that’s a big veteran effort for us.”
RSEQ MVP Mariam Sylla recorded a team-best 17 points and 11rebounds for a double-double in a losing cause for the Martlets whoare appearing in their ninth Bronze Baby tournament. McGill willtake on Laurier in the second consolation semi-final on Saturday atnoon on www.cis-sic.tv.
“They just outplayed us, plain and simple. Especiallyearly on. I was a bit concerned about their size and physical play.They did a good job a creating open looks,” said McGill headcoach Ryan Thorne. “I’m proud of our effort to come allthe way back to within two points in the fourth. Unfortunately,mounting that comeback took a lot out of us and we just ran out ofenergy a little. Meanwhile, they had had a chance to rest someplayers, so they were fresher at the end.”
The Cascades collected an early advantage, going up 8-0 throughthe opening three minutes of the contest. A three-pointer fromDianna Ros got the Martlets on the board, but Nataliia Gavryliukresponded with a jumper of her own from beyond the arc, givingFraser Valley its first double-digit lead of the contest midwaythrough the first quarter.
The Canada West finalists maintained that spread until the finalminute when Hélène Bibeau converted a corner three,cutting the lead down to eight heading into the second quarter.
Tessa Hart opened the second with three-point basket, butfirst-team CIS all-Canadian Sylla responded with some strongphysical play in the post, picking up a lay-in off the glass whiletaking some punishment. After converting her free-throw, theConakry, Guinea native stuffed a Cascades attempt. Ros drainedanother three soon after, cutting the deficit down to eight.
However, the Cascades kept pace with the Martlets to maintain ahealthy margin throughout the half. Second-team Canada Westall-star Luyken dropped her second three-pointer in less than twominutes following a McGill turnover.
Sylla grabbed her own rebound coming out of a timeout andnotched two points for the RSEQ champions, but Gavryliuk hit twomore long-range jumpers as UFV spread its advantage to 18. However,McGill would cut slightly into Fraser Valley’s lead, going into thehalf down by 13.
Gavryliuk, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, led both teams with 11points at half-time, while Sylla had a team-high nine for theMartlets. UFV shot 48.6% in the first half compared to 35.7% fromMcGill.
Kayli Sartori opened the second-half with a corner three for theCascades. After a rejection from Sarah Wierks on Sylla, Gavryliukcontinued to remain potent on her three-point shot, extending herteam’s lead. Bibeau answered with her own three at the other end ofthe court and Ros nailed a mid-range jumper the Martlets attemptedto keep the deficit manageable.
Sensing a bit of a momentum shift, Cascades coach Al Tuchscherercalled timeout to talk things over. Coming out of the break, McGillnailed eight-straight points bringing UFV’s lead down tosingle-digits heading into the final period.
Courtney Bartel snapped McGill’s run at the beginning of thefourth, but Carolann Cloutier responded with a three that kept theMartlet tide alive. Bartel connected on an off-balance jumper,while Ros picked up her own rebound off a missed shot and steppedback from the arc to sink a basket. Soon after Bibeau was fouled onher three-point attempt and calmly made all of her shots from theline to bring the Martlets within four at the 6:48 mark.
After a Cascades timeout, Sylla tallied a put-back off herteammates miss, but UFV answered with three straight points oftheir own to give themselves a bit more breathing room. A criticalthree by Luyken pushed the lead back up to nine, and a Martletsturnover on their next possession resulted in two more points forFraser Valley.
The Martlet offence slowed through the last minutes of thesecond half, as they failed to make a basket for over four minutesafter scoring 10 points in less than four minutes to open the finalquarter.
UFV capitalized, re-establishing their double-digit spread andputting the contest out of reach to book a date with the three-timedefending champion Lancers in Saturday’s second semi-finalmatch.
Fraser Valley shot 42.4% from the floor compared to 26.9% fromthe Martlets.
UFV 21-21-11-21: 74
McG 12-17-18-13 : 60
Points: Aieisha Luyken (20), Nataliia Gavryliuk (17),Kaylie Sartori (14)
Rebounds: Sarah Wierks (11), Kaylie Sartori (7)
Assists: Aieisha Luyken (6)
Player of the game: Aieisha Luyken
Points: Mariam Sylla (17), Hélène Bibeau (16), DiannaRos (13)
Rebounds: Mariam Sylla (11), Hélène Bibeau (7)
Assists: Dianna Ros (6)
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: Windsor 81, Wilfrid Laurier 53
20:00 Quarter-final 4: Fraser Valley 74, McGill 60
Saturday, March 15
10:00 Consolation 1: No. 7 Alberta vs. No. 6 Queen’s (
12:00 Consolation 2: No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier vs. No. 4 McGill (
15:00 Semifinal 1: No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 3 Saskatchewan(Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
17:00 Semifinal 2: No. 1 Windsor vs. No. 5 Fraser Valley (Sportsnet360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv*)
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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