|St. Denis Centre|
|Pts: Justine Colley – 20||Pts: Jessica Clemencon – 19|
|Reb: Laura Langille – 5||Reb: Korissa Williams – 12|
|Ast: Justine Colley – 4||Ast: Miah-Marie Langlois – 7|
|Team Statistics||Saint Mary’s||Windsor|
|Field Goal %||29.3% (17-58)||41.1% (30-73)|
|Pts off Turnovers||11||11|
|2nd Chance Pts||0||16|
|Pts in the Paint||20||36|
Photo credit Edwin Tam
WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – The top-seeded and tournament hostWindsor Lancers earned their fourth-consecutive Bronze Baby Trophyin convincing fashion on Sunday evening in front of a capacitycrowd of just under 3,000 on their home court at the St. DenisCentre, defeating the No. 2 Saint Mary’s Huskies 71-45 in theArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championshipgold-medal game.
Tournament all-star and four-time CIS all-Canadian JessicaClemencon recorded a team-best 19 points, while Korissa Williamspicked up 14 points and 12 rebounds to tally the final’s onlydouble-double.
The now four-time defending national champions end their 2013-14season on a 27-game winning streak, including regular season andplayoff games, while extending their post-season run to 15 gamesdating back to the 2010-11 year.
Windsor becomes the first CIS women’s basketball team to earnfour-straight national titles since Laurentian won five-straightbanners from 1975-1979.
“It never gets old,” said Windsor head coach ChantalVallée. “I’m so proud of the girls. We werefacing an outstanding basketball team today, a very talentedoffensive team, and to come up with that kind of effort, I tip myhat off to our players. I couldn’t be more proud of each andeveryone one of them.”
Miah-Marie Langlois added eight points, six rebounds and sevenassists, and was named the CIS Final 8 Tournament MVP for ahistoric third time over the last four years. Langlois becomes thefirst CIS basketball player, in both men’s and women’s, to earn thehonour three times in their career.
“Our defence was amazing today. That’s really whatmade the difference in the game,” said Langlois. “Whata way to finish my university career. I’ll never forget thosemoments with all the girls, those I played with for five years likeJessica. There are no words to describe it.”
The Saint Mary’s Huskies had their 31-game winning streaksnapped, but finish a superb season with their best-ever result ata CIS Final 8 in just their third national tournament appearance,improving upon their bronze-medal finish in 2013.
Two-time CIS player of the year Justine Colley ended herincredible five-year career with a game-high 20 points while addingfour rebounds and four assists. Rachelle Coward added eight pointsand four boards in a losing cause for the AUS champions.
“Hats off to Windsor. They’re a great, greatprogram. Very deserving of all their championships. They were thebetter team tonight. They took us out of what we wanted todo,” said SMU head coach Scott Munro. “We still had agreat season, the best in program history. We only had one loss allseason, unfortunately it was tonight. With some distance,we’ll appreciate the season as a whole.”
After earning five charge calls one day earlier against UFV,Jocelyn LaRocque picked up right where she left off in the earlygoing, taking some harm from Coward who picked up her first foulless than 30 seconds into the championship.
Langlois and Clemencon connected for an easy bucket to start thecontest. After Angela Carvery dropped a three for the Huskies,Clemencon shook off some aggressive Huskies defence using a quickspin-move to notch her second lay-up of the game. The 2011 BLGAward winner as CIS female player of the year would score Windsor’sfirst six points.
Langlois then penetrated the Huskies defence for a lay-up, butColley quickly grabbed the ball off the in-bounds pass and drovedown the court, forcing a Lancers foul. She hit 1-of-2 to bringSaint Mary’s within two.
Langlois, playing in her final intercollegiate contest in herhome city, hit a two-point bucket from mid-range and then forced aSaint Mary’ s turnover. Williams connected on Windsor’s ensuingpossession, doubling the Lancers lead. Sophomore guard CaitlynLongmuir then brought the crowd to its feet with a buzzer-beatingthree at the end of the first, giving Windsor a 17-9 lead.
Colley took the ball end-to-end on consecutive possessions tobring SMU within five early in the second period. However, afterthe Lancers responded with four quick points, both offences slowedas the first half came down to its final couple of minutes.
Langlois finally scored a mid-range jumper to end the scoringdrought, and the Lancers would end the half with a 9-2 run, toppedoff with a Jocelyn LaRocque three-pointer.
Meanwhile, the nation’s top player from Saint Mary’s picked upsix of SMU’s seven total points in the second stanza, her finalbasket coming off a fast-break turnover. The Huskies finished thefirst half with a 22.2% field-goal efficiency (6-27) while Windsorwas 14-of-39 (35.9%). Clemencon finished with a first-half high of10 points.
LaRocque continued to frustrate Coward, drawing another chargingcall on the SMU rookie guard, negating the Huskies first possessionof the second-half.
After Clemencon dropped a three-pointer, Colley turned over theball, leading to a transition lay-up from Williams. Clemenconspread the lead above 20 soon after as Windsor’s offence wascharged coming out of the halftime break.
Becky Nash sank a baseline jumper in an attempt to spur on SMU,but Williams came up with an acrobatic play to keep the ball inplay after a Windsor rebound looked like it was heading out ofbounds. Kristine Lalonde notched a lay-in after Williams’ greatplay to keep the Windsor momentum alive.
Coming out of a television timeout, Longmuir hit another threeand CIS all-rookie Cheyanne Roger followed that with a lay-up tospread the lead up to 26 with just over three minutes left in thethird.
Colley continued to persevere even in midst of the lead gettingaway from the Huskies, putting together another athletic run to thebasket to earn two points for her team. After forcing a Windsorturnover and finding Coward for a three-pointer, Colley then hit afade-away jumper to cut the lead to 20. The Lancers took a 49-31lead into final period.
Clemencon and Williams began the fourth with two points each andWindsor went up by 24 early in the period.
Laura Langille answered for the Huskies with four-straightpoints, trying to get something going for the AUS banner-winners.After another Windsor three-pointer, Colley garnered a well-earnedtrip to the foul line while sinking a tough, running jumper.
However, the Lancers offence remained potent throughout thefinal quarter, wiping away any hope for an SMU comeback bid, and aLaRocque three-pointer with 1:12 remaining put a cap on the contestand started the countdown to the final buzzer.
SMU 9-7-15-14: 45
Points: Jessica Clemençon (19), Jocelyn LaRocque(15), Korissa Williams (14)
Rebounds: Korissa Williams 912), Tessa Kreiger (10)
Assists: Miah-Marie Langlois (7)
Player of the game: Jessica Clemençon
Points: Justine Colley (20), Rachelle Coward (8), Angelina Carvery(6)
Rebounds: Laura Langille (5), Justine Colley (4), Rachelle Coward(4)
Assists: Justine Colley (4)
Tournament MVP: Miah-Marie Langlois,Windsor
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: JessicaClemençon, Windsor
Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor
Jessica Clemençon, Windsor
Justine Colley, Saint Mary’s
Rachelle Coward, Saint Mary’s
Kaylie Sartori, Fraser Valley
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: Fraser Valley 69, Saskatchewan 57
20:00 Final: Windsor 71, Saint Mary’s 45
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