Game 1: Montmorency vs Mount Allison
The opening game of the CCAA Women’s Basketball Nationals in 2015 was as exciting as they come, as the Nomades de Montmorency held off the Mount Allison Mounties 71-62. The Nomades came out strong in the first quarter and dominated the first half with a 44-23 lead at the half.
It was Gladys Hakizimana who lead the way in the opening half, but the second half story was the Mount Allison Mounties. After only gaining two points in the 3rd quarter, the Mounties got big points from Maddyson McDonald who poured in 18 after half time including big 3’s in the 4th quarter. The Mounties just could not make it all the way back but proved that they could hang with the #1 seed. Hakizimana (16 points, 4 rebounds) was named the Player of the Game for Montmorency, while Mackenzie Gray (11 Points, 7 rebounds) picked up the Player of the Game for Mount Allison.
The Holland Hurricanes got out to an early 7-point lead in the first quarter but once Jenna Carver got the Mariners on the board, the energy at the VIU Gym increased tenfold as VIU battled back. By the end of the first half it would be a 33-31 lead for the Hurricanes, with Marvia Dean pouring in 14 points. The Hurricanes continued to increase their lead by out-scoring the Mariners 20-9 in the 3rd quarter, but the Mariners crowd propelled their team to tied with less than 5 minutes remaining. In the final minute, The Hurricanes had a 3 point lead that stretched to 5 with the Mariners forced to foul. They would be able to run out the clock and defeat the Mariners and their large crowd. Marvia Dean (19 Points, 13 rebounds) picked up the Player of the game for the Hurricanes while Jenna Carver (17 points, 17 rebounds) won the Player of the Game for the VIU Mariners.
Game 4: Lethbridge vs Quest
The Lethbridge Kodiaks and the Quest Kermodes finished off Day 1 of the CCAA Nationals with another great basketball game. Alicia Cameron came out on fire and put up 21 first half points, and lead the Kodiaks to a 12-0 stretch in the 2nd quarter putting them up 30-14. The Kermodes trailed the Kodiaks 40-28 at halftime. The Kodiaks pulled away during the 3rd quarter in a 24-8 run, with Cameron moving her game total to 28 points. The Kodiaks would continue to put points into the basket in the 4th quarter, and scored more than any team on the day, finishing off an 85-52 win. Player of the Game for Quest was Shayna Cameron (9 points) while Ali Cameron (38 points, 2 Assists) was the Player of the Game for Lethbridge College.
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