|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Andria Carlyon – 20||Pts: Liz Boag – 27|
|Reb: Andria Carlyon – 13||Reb: TEAM – 9|
|Ast: Jessilyn Fairbanks – 5||Ast: Jenny Wright – 5|
|Field Goal %||37.9% (22-58)||30.3% (20-66)|
|Pts off Turnovers||15||21|
|2nd Chance Pts||13||6|
|Pts in the Paint||34||14|
Photo credit Edwin Tam
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Canada West all-star Andria Carlyonscored a team-leading 20 points, and the No. 7 Alberta Pandasrecorded their first victory of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CISwomen’s basketball championship with a 67-55 triumph over the No. 6Queen’s Gaels in the consolation semi-finals on Saturdaymorning.
Carlyon shot 6-of-11 from the field, 8-of-9 from the free-throwline, and also recorded a game-high 13 rebounds to tally adouble-double for the Pandas. Teammate Maddie Rogers added 11points and eight boards for Alberta.
The Canada West bronze medallists, who fell to No. 2 SaintMary’s in Friday’s opening round, will look to closeout their national tournament with a winning record on Sundayafternoon when they play either No. 4 McGill or No. 8 Laurier at 3p.m. in the fifth-place game, available live at www.cis-sic.tv.
For the OUA finalists from Queen’s and 32-year bench-boss DaveWilson, their first CIS championship appearance in 10 seasons andthird overall comes to a close with the loss. OUA West first-teamall-star Liz Boag tallied a game-high 27 points, including sixthree-pointers, for the Gaels.
“I’m very proud of the kids, obviously the firstquarter didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but theydefinitely responded and pulled themselves out the funk they werein since yesterday,” said Alberta head coach Scott Edwards.“They showed some real character today to come back from afirst quarter deficit to a lead at half-time. The toughness theyshowed in the second half was really impressive.
“There are only three games in all of Canada tomorrow, and weget to play in one of them. You always want to finish your seasonon a win so that’s what we’ll play for tomorrow,because it would be good for this team if we could finish in thetop 5 in the tournament. We’re obviously still verydisappointed in our performance in the quarterfinals, but hopefullywe can show our fans back home proud and earn one more wintomorrow.”
Carlyon followed two made free-throws with a lay-up to give thePandas an early 7-3 advantage in the first. However, two straightthree-pointers from Boag helped spark an 11-0 streak by the OUAfinalists through the middle portion of the quarter to jump ahead,prompting a timeout from Alberta.
The Kingston, Ont. native then sank her fourth basket of thefirst from beyond the three-point line and Robyn Pearson’smid-range jumper following a Pandas turnover extended the streak to17 before Saskia Van ginhoven finally snapped the Gaels run.Queen’s garnered a 20-9 advantage after 10 minutes of play.
The intensity picked up early in the second quarter as thePandas were called for charging on back-to-back possessions.However, Alberta persevered as Carlyon sank a tough bucket whiletaking a foul to cut the lead back to single-digits. The Dapp, Alb.native picked up a steal off Queen’s on their next possession,leading to two converted foul shots from Kelly Lyons.
Boag drained yet another three soon after to push the Gaels leadback to 10. However, the Pandas put together their own five-pointrun to come within striking distance at the mid-point of thesecond.
Rogers completed the first-half comeback with a three off a nicepass from Renee Byrne, capping off an offensive explosion forAlberta in the quarter to even the game at 29-29. Byrne then naileda long three from well beyond the top of the line, and the Pandasgrabbed a 33-29 lead going into the half-time break.
Boag recorded a first-half high of 17 points, while Carlyontallied 10 for the Pandas.
Alberta extended its lead to eight and held onto that spreadthrough the majority of the third quarter. Megan Vande Kraatspicked up consecutive blocks, stymieing the Gaels offence whichslowed considerably in the middle two stanzas of the contest,totalling just 19 points in the second and third quarters.
Coming out of a Queen’s timeout, Vande Kraats caught fire,notching three straight baskets to extend Alberta’s lead to 14 latein the third. The Pandas took a 53-39 lead into the finalquarter.
Boag attempted to keep her team close, picking up six points inthe opening two minutes of the fourth. Sarah Saftich picked up acorner three to bring the Gaels within 11 halfway through the finalperiod.
However, a critical block followed by a rebound from Carlyonhelped keep the Queen’s offence at bay while Alberta continued tomaintain a healthy spread into the final minutes of regulation andonto the win.
The Pandas shot 45.2% in the second half and 37.9% overall,while Queen’s finished with a 30.3% efficiency. Alberta alsocontrolled the glass-game, pulling down 51 rebounds compared to 35from the Gaels.
“Certainly we got emotion going in the first quarter andthat gave us the lead and the momentum to get a run on them. Thenlater with fouls coming it stopped the flow of the game for us,which also put us in significant foul trouble, so that was reallytough to have that momentum taken away,” said Queen’scoach Dave Wilson. “I couldn’t be more proud of theprogression that this group has made this season and the effortthat they put it.”
ALB 9-24-20-14: 67
QNS 20-9-10-16: 55
Points: Andria Carlyon (20), Maddie Rogers (11), Renee Byrne(10)
Rebounds: Andria Carlyon (13), Megan Vande Kraats (9)
Assists: Jessilyn Fairbanks (5)
Player of the game: Maddie Rogers
Points: Liz Boag (27), Robyn Pearson (9), Jenny Wright (7)
Rebounds: Liz Boag (5), Robyn Pearson (5), Jenny Wright (5)
Assists: Jenny Wright (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: 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: Alberta 67, Queen’s 55
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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