2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship

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McGill University Martlets basketball
 
QF 3: 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship
By Mike Gange for CIS
 
FREDERICTON (CIS) – When the number one team meets number eight in an eight-team tournament, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. But when McGill Martlets took on UNB Varsity Reds in the third quarter-final game of the 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship, UNB didn’t show ay signs of quitting.

 
The V-Reds tied the score on three separate occasions, and went into the half trailing 34 to 32.Even with 2-and-ahalf minutes to go, it was a one-point game. That’s when McGill finally put the pressure on, winning the game 58 to 52. 
 
McGill team leader, Diana Ros was on the floor for 30 minutes, and scored 11 points to lead the Martlets. She said playing in front on UNB’s home crowd, a noisy boisterous capacity crowd numbering nearly 1700, was nerve wracking. 
 
“The intensity of the game was no surprise. It’s a hostile environment, and we were nervous. It is great to get this win,” she said. “We never take any team lightly. And UNB brought a good game tonight.”
 
McGill coach Ryan Thorne was pleased with the win. “UNB is a well coached team, and they got the crowd behind them, that helps too, like a 6th player. A team like UNB brings lots of grit,” he said. Earlier the 41-year old Thorne received the PETER ENNIS AWARD/ TIMEX coach of the year. 
 
“The turning point for us was when we went back to grinding it out,” said Thorne.“We didn’t follow all the details in our game plan and UNB took advantage of that. But our key players like Diana Ros took over, and showed leadership and maturity. It’s her last year, and she just has no desire to quit. 
 
Grace Wade scored 15 points for the UNB Varsity Reds, who will now play in the consolation pool tomorrow.  
 
“I’m disappointed, of course, but in this game we knew we belonged in this tournament. The crowd was a spark, for sure, a good thing to have behind us, said Wade. “At half time, all our comments were positive, we knew we were in this and could win this. 
The CIS championship trophy for women’s basketball is the Bronze Baby. The trophy has been emblematic of women’s basketball supremacy for nearly 100 years.
 
QF 4: 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship
 
 FREDERICTON (CIS) – Keneca Pingue-Giles, a fifth-year guard from Ryerson University, was named the CIS player of the year in women’s basketball, Wednesday night. On Thursday, she showed why, scoring 29 points to lead Ryerson Rams over Regina Cougars in a 73 – 70 decision. 
 
Despite Pingue-Giles efforts, it was hardly a one-sided affair. With four minutes to go in the first half, the score was 30 – 30. With three minutes to go in the third-quarter, the score was tied at 46. But half way through the last quarter, the Ryerson advantage became evident as the Rams built up a 65 – 57 lead. 
 
Charlotte Kot scored 18 points for the Cougars, and Kehlsie Crone added another 14. 
 
At the end of game, Pingue-Giles wasn’t aware of her points total until told by reporters. “I had a good night, I guess, but it wasn’t only me. It was a team effort. We got stops at key moments, which got them a bit frazzled and we were able to execute our game plan,” she said. 
 
“Getting to the Final 4 is a big deal. It feels great. We were at the finals last year, and that makes a difference today. We know the level of the competition, we know what to bring,” she said.
 
“We have never played McGill, but they are a top team for a reason. We know we have confidence in ourselves to deliver at key moments,” she said. 
 
Ryerson Rams coach Carly Clarke was excited about the win. “This is the second year in a row, and we move again to the medal rounds. It was a team effort today. Our 5th year players were composed and determined, and they passed that confidence on to the younger players. Now we will face McGill. They are number 1 for a reason, and we have to learn a lot about them, in the day off. It will be an interesting battle.”
 
Regina Cougars coach Dave Taylor said that Keneca Pingue-Giles was the difference in today’s game. “She came as advertised. We took away the key, but then she shot 6 for 10 at the 3-point line. On the whole, we gave Ryerson too much of a cushion. We have pride in our program, we want to win the next two games. 
 
Ryerson will play McGill in the semi-final round on Sunday. Regina will face UNB tomorrow in consolation game number 2 at 8 pm. 
 
STAT LEADERS:
 
RYE: 18-18-25-12: 73
REG: 17-17-14-22: 70
 
Ryerson
Points: KenecaPingue-Giles(29), Sofia Paska(18)
Rebounds: Sofia Paska(10), SilvanaJez(7)
Assists: Mariah Nunes(7)
 
Player of the game: KenecaPingue-Giles
 
Regina
Points: Charlotte Kot(18), Kehlsie Crone(14)
Rebounds: KehlsieCrone(7), Sidney Dobner(7)
Assists: Sidney Dobner(5)
 
Player of the game: Charlotte Kot
 
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC)
 
Thursday, March 17
13:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 7 Ottawa  62vs. No. 2 Saskatchewan  73
15:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 6 Alberta  52 vs. No. 3 Saint Mary’s  53  
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 8 UNB 52 vs. No. 1 McGill  58
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 5 Ryerson 73 vs. No. 4 Regina 70  
 
Friday, March 18
18:00 Consolation 1: Ottawa vs. Alberta(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
20:00 Consolation 2: UNB  vs. Regina(www.CIS-SIC.tv)
 
Saturday, March 19
12:00 Semifinal 1: Saskatchewan vs. Saint Mary’s(SportsnetONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
14:30 Semifinal 2: McGill vs. Ryerson(SportsnetONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
17:00 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
 
Sunday, March 20
10:00 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
 
* Webcast of the semifinals & final are on pay-per-view basis.

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