Source: Western Sports Info / Photo credit MichaelP. Hall
LONDON, Ont. – A double-double from Hailey Milligan(Brantford, Ont.) and 21 points from Miah-Marie Langlois (Windsor,Ont.) helped Team West take a 97-90 victory in the 2014 OUA Women’sBasketball All-Star Game, presented by Recharge with Milk, onSaturday night at Western University’s Alumni Hall.
Milligan, who was selected as the game’s most valuable player,said that despite playing with players from across the OUA therewas great chemistry on the court, especially once the game gotgoing.
“We all know each other from playing against each other, we do alot of scouting, so we know each others go-to moves and ourstrengths,” said Milligan. “Once you get the feel of the game andonce you get the rust off there’s no stopping the train.”
Milligan topped the West score sheet in both points and reboundsin her second OUA all-star game, scoring 22 points and adding 11rebounds. Langlois just missed out on a double-double of her own,recording 21 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in the win. Onthe East side, Ottawa Gee-Gee Stephanie MacDonald (Ottawa) led allplayers with 23 points, along with 18 from Queen’s Liz Boag(Kingston, Ont.). Carleton’s Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, Ont.) ledall East rebounders with 11 boards on the night.
Both teams traded points in the early going before Team Eastbegan to build a small lead, thanks in part to strong three pointshooting as five different players connected from long range in theopening frame. However, the West closed the gap in the final minuteof the quarter, cutting the East’s lead to 27-25 after the opening10 minutes.
The game continued to be a back and forth affair in the second,with each side trading points for the majority of the frame. TheWest began slowly chipping away at their opponents lead midwaythrough the quarter, eventually taking a 44-43 lead into thehalf.
Somewhat fittingly for the game’s third quarter it was threepointers all around after the break with the two teams combiningfor five baskets from beyond the arc on 14 total attempts. Langloisled all players in the quarter, dropping 12 points on the Eastdefence to help Team West take a 68-64 lead after 30 minutes.
That lead would be enough to secure the win, as the Westoutscored their opponents 29-26 in the final frame to emerge with a97-90 victory.
Saturday night’s showcase was only one part of the weekend’sfestivities as the OUA all-stars hosted youth basketball clinics onSaturday afternoon prior to tip-off. The players will also be onhand in gyms around London on Sunday as they award medals toparticipants in the U15 Girls Ontario Cup tournaments.
“It’s amazing,” said Milligan on working with the youngerplayers. “I’m a strong believer if you can see it – you canbe it. Being able to show these young girls that there is potentialfor women’s athletics, and women in basketball specifically, it’san amazing experience and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”