March 13, 2017 – NAIT will play host to this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women’s basketball national championship March 15-18. The Top 8 CCAA teams from across the country will participate.
The teams competing include the gold medalists from each of the five conferences, two silver medalist wildcard teams, and the host NAIT Ooks.
The RSEQ (Quebec) conference will be represented by les Nomades de Montmorency and the Dawson College Blues. The Holland College Hurricanes and the Mount Saint Vincent University Mystics will be attending from the ACAA (Maritimes) conference. The reigning national champion Humber College Hawks return to defend their title,representing the OCAA (Ontario) conference. The Douglas College Royals won the PACWEST (BC) conference and will join the host NAIT Ooks and the ACAC (Alberta) champion Lethbridge College Kodiaks as the final teams vying for this year’s national title.
All games will take place at the NAIT gymnasium. Quarter-finals will be played Thursday, semi-finals Friday, and the Gold and Bronze medal games will be Saturday.
The teams will gather Wednesday evening, March 15 at the Sutton Place Hotel for the CCAA Awards banquet where the All-Canadians, national player and coach of the year awards will be presented. The guest speaker will be former Team Canada’s women’s basketball assistant coach Bev Smith.
NAIT’s athletics manager and tournament co-chair Gregg Meropoulis is excited to get the championships started.
“NAIT is ready to welcome Canada’s most outstanding collegiate teams to Edmonton and offer them a CCAA championship to remember.”
“NAIT is honoured to be hosting the 2017 Women’s CCAA National Basketball Championship,” said Linda Henderson, NAIT’s director of athletics and co-chair. “A tournament of this magnitude showcases the extraordinary skills of student-athletes from across the country. It will be an outstanding demonstration of the exceptional skills of these 120 student-athletes who have worked countless hours in the classroom and on the court to get to this premier tournament.”
First-round matchups for the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship at NAIT:
Lethbridge (3) vs. Douglas (6), 1 p.m.
Montmorency (2) vs. MSVU (7), 3 p.m.
Humber (1) vs. NAIT (8), 6 p.m.
Holland (4) vs. Dawson (5), 8 p.m.