Sylla sensational as Martlets topple Toronto to take tourney title

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Martlets pose for traditional champions photo are sweeping their own Redbird Classic tourney

Martlets pose for traditional champions photo are sweeping their own Redbird Classic tourney

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MONTREAL — Tournament MVP Mariam Sylla posted another one of her patented “double-doubles” as the McGill University women’s basketball team toppled Toronto 68-59 to sweep the women’s division of the 20th annual Redbird Classic invitational tournament at Love Competition Hall, Sunday.

The Martlets had defeated Lakehead 68-51 on Friday, followed by a 73-41 victory over Regina, Saturday.

It marked the team’s second Redbird Classic title in as many years. Other recent tourneys wins include the Naismith Classic in 2010, the UNB Helen Campbell Classic in 2007 and Redbird Classic again in 2006.

McGill trailed 16-14 after the first quarter, before exploding in the second frame to take a 37-24 lead at the half. Toronto briefly came back to cut the lead to four after three stanzas and had it within one point midway through the fourth before the Martlets put it away.

Sylla, a 6-foot-1 forward from Guinea, was 5-for-12 in field-goals and a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul-line. The 22-year-old pharmacology junior who was recently named among the CIS Top 8 Academic All-Canadians, was voted to the all-tournament squad in addition to garnering tourney MVP honours, hitting double-digits in all three games. Over the weekend, Sylla registered a pair of “double-doubles” to finish with 40 points and 25 rebounds, to go along with four assists and a pair of steals. She shot 34.4 per cent from the field (11/32) and made a stellar 17 of 18 free-throws.

Teammate Dianna Ros, a 5-foot-7 senior point guard from Montreal, shot a stellar 7-for-12 from the field, including a 2-for-4 effort from three-point range. She added four assists and three rebounds in a game-high 34 minutes of court-time.

Also making the all-tournament team for McGill was sophomore Carolann Cloutier (21 pts, 5 rbs) of Montreal and Alex Kiss-Rusk (29 pts, 15 rbs) of Beaconsfield, Que.

Top scorers for Toronto was tourney all-star Jill Stratton with 17 points and Liane Bailey with 11 points.

The Martlets improved to 5-1 in preseason play and will have one final non-conference tune-up when they head across the border to play the University of Maine, an NCAA Div. 1 team, on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. The RSEQ season begins on Nov. 8 with McGill hosting Bishop’s.

2014 REDBIRD CLASSIC MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

SCHEDULE & RESULTS

FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2014
2 p.m. (W) Regina 67, Toronto 62
4 p.m. (M) Ottawa 109, Brock 70
6 p.m.(W) McGill Martlets 68,Lakehead 51
8 p.m.(M) StFX 77, McGill Redmen 73 (OT)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 18, 2014
1 p.m.(W) Lakehead 80, Toronto 62
3 p.m.(M) Ottawa 106,StFX 88
5 p.m.(W) McGill Martlets 73, Regina 41
7 p.m.(M) McGill Redmen 76, Brock 68

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014
10 a.m. (W) Regina 82, Lakehead 64
12 p.m.(M) Brock 85,StFX 76
2 p.m.(W) McGill Martlets 68,Toronto 59
4 p.m.(M) Ottawa 88, McGill Redmen 56

Men’s games in bold

2014 McGILL REDBIRD CLASSIC FINAL WOMEN’S STANDINGS:
TEAM W L PF PA PCT
McGill 3 0 209 151 1.000
Regina 2 1 190 199 0.667
Lakehead 1 2 195 212 0.333
Toronto 0 3 183 215 0.000

WOMEN’S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Jill Stratton, Toronto
Alyssua Kajati, Regina
Jylisa Williams, Lakehead
Carolann Cloutier, McGill
Alex Kiss-Rusk, McGill
Mariam Sylla, McGill

Tournament MVP: Mariam Sylla, McGill
Tournament Champions: McGill Martlets

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2014 McGILL REDBIRD CLASSIC FINAL MEN’S STANDINGS:
TEAM W L PF PA PCT TIE-BREAKER
1. Ottawa 3 0 303 214 1.000
2. McGill 1 2 205 233 0.333 4 vs StFX & Brock
3. Brock 1 2 223 261 0.333 beat StFX
4. StFX 1 2 241 264 0.333

MEN’S ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Kevin Bercy, StFX
Johneil Simpson, Brock
Francois Bourque, McGill
Caleb Agata, Ottawa
Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa

Tournament MVP: Johnny Berhanemeskel, Ottawa
Tournament Champions: Ottawa Gee-Gees

SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office
514-398-7012

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