The NAIT Ooks women’s basketball team defeated the Dynamiques de Sainte Foy 63-62 in the CCAA Nationals Bronze medal game Saturday night in Windsor, ON at St. Clair College.
Quarter-Final – Thursday, March 17
#6 VIU Mariners vs. #3 NAIT Ooks
Ooks win 74-36
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Ooks (Edmonton, AB) opened the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a lopsided victory over Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo, BC) in Windsor on Thursday afternoon. After scoring the game’s first 11 points, the Ooks finished the opening quarter up 14-5 and increased their lead to 26-7 in the early stages of the second quarter. VIU put together a 9-point run to close the half but still trailed 26-14 at the break. NAIT was relentless into the third quarter and entering the fourth quarter led VIU 43-20 allowing the reserves a chance to shine. NAIT’s Malesha Petterson scored 11 of her game high 17 points in the final frame on her way to earning Player of the Game honours. Eleven players for NAIT reached the score sheet and outrebounded VIU 51-24. Jamie McFarlane filled the stat line recording 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals for the Player of the Game award from VIU.
Semi-Final – Friday, March 18
#3 NAIT Ooks vs. #2 Humber Hawks
Ooks lose 78-58
Humber College (Etobicoke, ON) put together an impressive showing, ousting NAIT (Edmonton, AB) by a score of 78-58 in the Gold Medal semi-final at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship. NAIT came out of the gate well in a physical low scoring battle to lead Humber 13-11 after the first quarter. However, Humber loosened up in the second quarter to move ahead 31-23 by halftime and then increased their advantage into the third quarter. Humber was able to go the bench midway through the 4th quarter after leading by as much as 28 points. Humber scored 26 points off 31 NAIT turnovers and shot 56% from the field in the second half. Jill Semple was Player of the Game for Humber scoring 12 points adding 8 rebounds and a pair of steals. Chawncy McClenan scored 14 points and cleared 12 rebounds to go with 4 blocked shots for NAIT Player of the Game honours. Humber will play the winner of Sainte-Foy/Holland game in the Gold Medal Match Saturday. NAIT plays Montmorency at 10 a.m. in the Bronze Medal semi-final Saturday morning.
Bronze Semi-Final – Saturday, March 19
#3 NAIT Ooks vs. #5 Nomades de Montmorency
Ooks win 65-57
The NAIT Ooks knocked Montmorency out of the tournament in the Bronze Medal Semi-final on Saturday morning with a 65-57 win. Montmorency took control early leading 18-9 over NAIT in the first quarter but then surrendered the next 15 points unanswered bridging into the second quarter. In fact, NAIT only allowed 7 more Montmorency points the rest of the first half and took a 42-25 lead into the break. NAIT stretched their lead to 24 points in the third quarter going ahead 51-27. Montmorency recovered the remainder of the game and got it to a one possession game at 56-54 late in the fourth quarter but NAIT put on the final push for the victory. Torey Hill had the monster performance for the NAIT Player of the Game recording a double-double by halftime finishing with 29 points and 15 rebounds adding a pair of blocked shots and steals. Nadège Pluviouse had a good overall game scoring 11 points to go with 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
BRONZE Medal Game – Saturday, March 19
#3 NAIT Ooks vs. #1 Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy
Ooks win 63-62
NAIT claimed the Bronze Medal at the CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a narrow 63-62 win over Sainte-Foy. Trailing 41-38 at halftime, NAIT staked themselves an 8-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and they needed every point as Sainte-Foy would make it interesting with a late comeback. It came down to the final possession but Sainte-Foy’s final shot attempt fell short that would have been the winner. Nicole Ruptash scored 16 points including four triples on her way to the Player of the Game award for NAIT. Laurie Marchand scored a game high 24 points for Sainte-Foy’s Player of the Game award.