|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Saskia Van ginhoven – 15||Pts: Mariam Sylla – 21|
|Reb: Jessilyn Fairbanks – 10||Reb: Mariam Sylla – 7|
|Ast: Jessilyn Fairbanks – 6||Ast: Dianna Ros – 7|
|Field Goal %||38.5% (20-52)||43.9% (25-57)|
|Pts off Turnovers||14||23|
|2nd Chance Pts||3||2|
|Pts in the Paint||28||30|
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Mariam Sylla recorded a game-high 21points, helping the fourth-seeded McGill Martlets to a 70-56victory over the No. 7 Alberta Pandas in the fifth-place game atthe ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship onSunday afternoon at the St. Denis Centre.
The RSEQ MVP was 8-of-13 from the field and added a team-bestseven rebounds in the victory for McGill, who take fifth-place atthe national championship tournament for the second-straightseason. A total of four players reached double-digits on thescoreboard for McGill, who pulled away in the fourth quarter byholding the Canada West bronze-medallists to single digits in thefinal 10 minutes of the contest.
“Every team wants to finish the season with a win, sowe’re very pleased with the result,” said McGill headcoach Ryan Thorne. “Obviously, we would have loved to havethis kind of performance in the first round on Friday. ButI’m very proud of the way the girls kept their heads up highafter a tough loss and the way they responded the last two days.They showed a lot of character and showed what a proud basketballprogram we have at McGill.”
Alberta finishes sixth at their first CIS national championshipappearance in four seasons. The Pandas won a bronze medal in theirlast Final 8 outing in 2009. Saskia VanGinhoven led Alberta with 15points while Jessilyn Fairbanks tallied 12 points and a game-high10 rebounds for a double-double.
Carlyon began the game with a lay-up while taking a foul fromSylla. The Dapp, Alta. native converted her free-throw, but a threefrom Hélène Bibeau evened the game after two minutesof play.
Fairbanks and Sally Hiller each picked up five points in theopening 10 minutes, but the Martlets responded by going 9-of-15 inthe first quarter, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc to take athree-point lead into the second.
The RSEQ champions strung together an 11-3 run through the firstfive minutes of the next quarter to spread their advantage intodouble-digits. However, the Pandas answered with a 7-0 run late inthe first half with Fairbanks acting as the catalyst. The Edmontonproduct followed a jumper by sinking both her free-throws, andfinished with a team-best nine points at the half.
McGill shot an impressive 50.0% in the opening two quarters andcarried a 40-33 lead into the break. Sylla led all players with 10points in the first half.
The squads exchanged three-pointers to open the third quarter.Fairbanks jumped on a McGill pass to pick up a steal and laid apass to Maddie Rogers in transition. VanGinhoven then found Carylonin the low post for a lay-up.
The Edmonton native picked up a fast-break lay-up off a McGillturnover, but Sylla answered to help the Martlets maintain theirfirst-half lead. The all-Canadian from Conakry, Guinea grabbedanother basket, but VanGinhoven converted a three-point play as thePandas went on a mini run to close the third to come within fourheading into the final quarter.
Hillier sank a three-point jumper to begin the fourth, but twomore free throws from Sylla pushed the Martlet lead back up tofive. McGill looked to put the game away midway through the fourthwith a 7-0 run that included a long-range basket from FrancoiseCharest.
McGill finished the game with a solid 43.9% shooting efficiencycompared to 38.5% from the Pandas. Alberta garnered 35 totalrebounds while McGill picked up 30.
McG 24-16-12-18: 70
ALB 21-12-15-8: 56
Points: Mariam Sylla (21), Françoise Charest (10),Hélène Bibeau (10), Marie-Pier Bastrach (10)
Rebounds: Mariam Sylla (7), Hélène Bibeau (6)
Assists: Dianna Ros (7)
Player of the game: Mariam Sylla
Points: Saskia VanGinhoven (15), Jessilyn Fairbanks (12)
Rebounds: Jessilyn Fairbanks (10), Andria Carlyon (7)
Assists: Jessilyn Fairbanks (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: 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: McGill 70, Alberta 56
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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