CONSOLATION #2 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship: No. 4 Martlets join Alberta in consolation final

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Recap | Box Score

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Laurier 12 13 7 19 51
McGill 16 10 16 16 58
St. Denis Centre
Laurier McGill
Pts: Whitney Ellenor – 12 Pts: Mariam Sylla – 18
Reb: TEAM – 10 Reb: Mariam Sylla – 14
Ast: Laura Doyle – 4 Ast: Dianna Ros – 4
Team Statistics Laurier McGill
Field Goal % 27.9% (17-61) 32.3% (21-65)
Rebounds 49 53
Assists 11 14
Turnovers 17 13
Pts off Turnovers 18 14
2nd Chance Pts 13 12
Pts in the Paint 22 20
Fastbreak Pts 0 2
Bench Pts 17 11

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Photo credit Steve Kriemadis

WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Mariam Sylla, the RSEQ MVP andfirst-team CIS all-Canadian, recorded her second double-double ofthe weekend as the fourth-seeded McGill Martlets tallied a 58-51victory over the No. 8 Laurier Golden Hawks at the ArcelorMittalDofasco CIS women’s basketball championship on Saturday afternoonat the St. Denis Centre.

Sylla finished with game-highs of 18 points and 14 rebounds tohelp the Martlets clinch their first win of the championships whileHelene Bibeau chipped in with 14 points in the win. McGill willmove on to the fifth-place game against No. 7 Alberta on Sundayafternoon at 3:00 p.m. (live at cis-sic.tv).

The Golden Hawks close out their fourth-ever appearance at a CISchampionship, and were led by Whitney Ellenor who recorded ateam-best 12 points.

Both teams played a strong defensive first half, combining toscore just 51 points through the opening two quarters of play. TheMartlets grabbed an early advantage, going up by four points at theend of the first.

Both offences went cold during the opening minutes of the secondquarter, as only two points were scored through the first three anda half minutes of the period. McGill held a small lead, but a 7-0streak by the Golden Hawks in the latter stages of the half allowedthem to snag a two-point advantage.

The Martlets answered with two straight buckets, including ajumper by Dian Ros, and the RSEQ champions were able to take asingle-point lead into halftime. Sylla nearly recorded herdouble-double in the first half, picking up 10 points and nineboards after 20 minutes of play.

McGill’s momentum continued early in the third quarter, as theyextended their point-streak to 11 by scoring the first seven pointsof the second half.

Doreen Bonsu looked to spark the Hawks offence, picking up atough lay-in and earning a trip to the foul-line. Kimberley Yeldongrabbed Bonsu’s rebound off and sank two free-throws soon after tobring the deficit down to a single possession.

However, Francoise Charest responded with a timely three toincrease the Martlets lead once again. Kizzy Clarke then came upwith a strong rejection and found Marie-Pier Bastrash for thetransition outlet to push the lead up to eight. McGill held theGolden Hawks to just seven points in the third to take a 10-pointlead into the final quarter of play.

Laurier’s offence came to life in the final quarter, as theyslowly chipped away at the Martlet lead throughout the final 10minutes of play. The Hawks came within seven points with just overa minute to play, but another timely three by Bibeau took the windout of Laurier’s sails, shutting out their hopes for a latecomeback bid.

The Martlets shot 32.3% from the floor compared to 27.9% fromLaurier, and slightly out-rebounded Laurier 53-49.

STATLEADERS

McG 16-10-16-16: 58
WLU 12-13-7-19: 51

McGill
Points: Mariam Sylla (18), Hélène Bibeau (14),Françoise Charest (8)
Rebounds: Mariam Sylla (14), Gabriela Hébert (7)
Assists: Dianna Ros (4)

Player of the game: Mariam Sylla

Laurier
Points: Whitney Ellenor (12), Laura Doyle (7), Kimberley Yeldon(7)
Rebounds: Kimberley Yeldon (9), Nicole Morrison (7)
Assists: Laura Doyle (4)

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: McGill 58, Wilfrid Laurier 51
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*)

Sunday, March 16
15:00 5th Place: No. 7 Alberta vs. No. 4 McGill (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
17:00 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)

* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.

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