|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Nicole Wierks – 17||Pts: Miah-Marie Langlois – 20|
|Reb: 2 Players (#05, #TM – 11)||Reb: 2 Players (#06, #TM – 11)|
|Ast: Aieisha Luyken – 3||Ast: Miah-Marie Langlois – 5|
|Field Goal %||29.4% (15-51)||27.3% (21-77)|
|Pts off Turnovers||10||30|
|2nd Chance Pts||2||18|
|Pts in the Paint||20||24|
Photo credit Edwin Tam
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – All-Canadian guard Miah-MarieLanglois totalled a game-high 20 points and the top-seeded WindsorLancers defeated the No. 5 Fraser Valley Cascades 65-45 in thesecond semi-final of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’sbasketball championship on Saturday night at the St. DenisCentre.
The tournament host Lancers are looking to become the first teamto win four consecutive Bronze Baby Trophies since the LaurentianVoyageurs won a record five straight titles from 1975 to 1979.Playing in its fifth CIS final in a row, Windsor will meet the No.2 Saint Mary’s Huskies Sunday at 8:00 p.m., live on Sportsnet360.
The defending champs had to grind it out against Fraser Valleyas they trailed 25-24 at halftime after shooting only 19.4 per centfrom the floor in the first 20 minutes (7 for 36).
“We played them twice earlier this season so we knew theywere a good team. We weren’t surprised at all they gave us agood battle,” said Windsor guard Jocelyn LaRocque, referringto 27 and 20-point non-conference wins at the St. Denis Centre inlate December. “We weren’t too worried about shots notdropping. We were just saying as a group keep shooting, and if theydon’t go in, we’ll just rebound like crazy. We knew ifwe kept shooting at some point they were going to drop.”
“Maybe it was a little nerve, I don’t know,”said Lancers coach Chantal Vallée. “If we didn’tscore, we wanted to make sure they weren’t scoring either.Fortunately, I have a team that’s mature enough that no onewas going to panic.
“It’s out fifth straight national final andit’s still as exciting. It’s going to be quite abasketball game against Saint Mary’s.”
Jessica Clemencon scored 15 of her 20 points in the second-halfand picked up nine rebounds while Korissa Williams brought down ateam-high 11 boards in the win for Windsor.
Nicole Wierks tallied a team-high 17 points for Fraser Valleywhile her sister Sarah led UFV with 11 rebounds on the night. TheCascades, who have already improved upon their seventh-place finishin 2013, will face the No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies in thebronze-medal match on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The game will beavailable live at cis-sic.tv.
While the first semi-final got off to a high-paced start, thesecond began with more timid play as the teams combined to go4-of-18 in the opening five minutes. A steal by CIS all-rookieCheyanne Roger led to a jumper from Langlois, creating someexcitement for the home crowd and giving the tournament hosts abrief one-point advantage.
Following another Cascades turnover, Korissa Williams picked uptwo points while being fouled and Jocelyn LaRocque dropped a threeafter Windsor got an offensive rebound off of Williams’ missed freethrow, doubling their advantage.
Nicole Wierks did some tough work in the post to earn a pair oftrips to the foul-line where she sunk all four of her respectivefree-throws, and led the Cascades with six points after one quarterof play.
UFV opened the second with a fast-break by Kaylie Sartori,starting a strong 14-2 run for the Canada West finalists. NataliiaGavryliuk hit a top-corner three to keep the Cascades momentumgoing, while the three-time champions had a couple of offensivemiscues and went cold through the opening five minutes of thesecond. Another lay-up by Sartori put the Cascades ahead by fourwith under five to play in the half.
After a five-minute drought, Langlois finally scored Windsor’sthird and fourth point of the second at the 2:08 mark. The Lancersthen brought full-court pressure and forced five UFV turnovers inthe last two minutes of the half, and cut the deficit to 25-24 atthe break.
Windsor shot 19.4% in the first two quarters while Fraser Valleywas 34.8% from the floor.
LaRocque took her third charge of the game early in the thirdquarter, and brought the St. Denis Centre crowd to its feet with acorner three to put Windsor ahead 29-28. The Windsor native sunkanother three from the opposite corner on the Lancers nextpossession, giving them a five-point advantage.
Langlois and Clemencon exchanged baskets, spreading the lead tofive. Meanwhile, it seemed as though Windsor handed its first-halfoffensive woes to UFV who managed just five points in the thirdquarter. The contest took a chippy turn late in the third as anumber of physical battles dialed up the intensity heading into thefinal quarter of play with the defending champions leading38-30.
The three-time defending banner-winners put their mark on thecontest in the fourth quarter. Their up-tempo defence and new-foundpotency with the ball in the last 10 minutes would end up being toomuch for Fraser Valley to overcome.
Sartori hit a couple of free-throws to begin the final period inan effort to awaken the Cascade offence. However, Clemencon came tolife in the final quarter, earning back-to-back baskets. Sophomoreguard Caitlyn Longmuir also found her perimeter shot in the fourth.Coming out of a Cascades timeout, she hit a three to spread thelead up to 15.
Courtney Bartel and Nicole Wierks tried to stem the Windsorwave, each sinking a three-pointer in the final minutes of play.However, Longmuir’s shooting continued to sharpen as she answeredwith her second and third three-pointers of the quarter, pushingthe game out of UFV’s reach.
Windsor shot 27.3% from the field compared to 29.4% from theCascades, but outrebounded Fraser Valley 51-43.
“We were playing an outstanding team more thananything,” said UFV coach Al Tuchscherer. “They canbeat you in a number of different ways and I thought we made a fewpretty good adjustments throughout the game that neutralized someof their weapons, but those weapons came alive as the game went on.They’re good, they’re an outstanding team.
“I thought our defence was really solid for three quarters.We played a lot of zone tonight which we don’t particularlyplay a lot, and I thought we shifted well into that defensivemindset for much of the game.”
WSR 18-6-14-27: 65
UFV 10-15-5-15: 45
Points: Miah-Marie Langlois (20), Jessica Clemençon (18)
Rebounds: Korissa Williams (11), Jessica Clemençon (9)
Assists: Miah-Marie Langlois (5)
Player of the game: Miah-Marie Langlois
Points: Nicole Wierks (17), Nataliia Gavryliuk (8)
Rebounds: Sarah Wierks (11), 3 players with 4
Assists: Aieisha Luyken (3)
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: Saint Mary’s 67, Saskatchewan 54
17:00 Semifinal 2: Windsor 65, Fraser Valley 45
Sunday, March 16
15:00 5th Place: No. 7 Alberta vs. No. 4 McGill (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
17:00 Bronze: No. 3 Saskatchewan vs. No. 5 Fraser Valley (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Final: No. 2 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 1 Windsor (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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