CONSOLATION #2: No. 1 Cougars join provincial rivals in consolation final
Courtesy of University of Calgary sports information office / photo credit David Moll
CALGARY (CIS) – A gutsy effort by the top-seeded University of Regina Cougars gave them an 87-84 win over the No. 5 Acadia Axewomen and a berth in the fifth-place game at the CIS women’s basketball championship Sunday afternoon at the University of Calgary’s Jack Simpson Gym.
The two opponents came into their consolation draw following very different type games in their quarter-final matches, with AUS champion Acadia falling 94-46 to defending national champion Windsor while the No. 1 Cougars fell 75-66 to the host Calgary Dinos in the final opening-round game on Saturday.
The Cougars will now play their provincial rivals, the No. 6 Saskatchewan Huskies, in the fifth place game, Monday at 1 p.m. MT, live on SSNCanada.ca.
Lindsay Ledingham of Regina had a team-high 19 points as part of a double-double for the Cougars. Brittany Read, also from Regina, had a double-double. Canada West MVP Joanna Zalesiak of Poland was named player of the game for the winners after she tallied 17 points, six assists and five rebounds.
“I was pleased how we bounced back, its tough to recover off of a loss like last night when you have gold medal aspirations,” stated Cougars’ head coach Dave Taylor. “We got off to a rough start and then at half time down nine, we could have teetered either way but I’m proud of how our girls battled back.”
Shad Bay, N.S. native Kristy Moore was the top scorer for the Axewomen with 19 points. Fifth-year player Emma Duinker had 17 points in her final university outing and earned game-MVP honours for Acadia.
The Axewomen, playing in their first-ever CIS Final 8 tournament, had trouble adjusting to the stage, said head coach Ben Greenlaw.
“Our kids were little over awed by the situation and since it was our first time winning AUS, I was worried we might not show up,” said the fourth-year Acadia bench boss. “But we did today and showed everyone that we can play basketball.”
The Axewomen used their quick-strike offence to pounce on the Cougars right from the start. Acadia would score the game’s first nine points before Regina got on the board just under three minutes into the contest. The Cougars went on to bring the game close, but the Axewomen played a very gritty game, scoring 12 points on turnovers.
Regina struggled to get shots down as they only managed 31.1 per cent on field goal attempts in the first half. They also were only able to put in two three-balls, compared to Acadia who notched five from outside. The Axewomen also went 39.5 per cent from the field, which propelled them to a 43-36 advantage at the half.
The Regina team that won all its regular season games woke up in the second half. They began to get better shots and made it a one-possession game through the latter half of the third quarter until taking a 61-58 lead into the fourth.
Neither team was able to pull away until late in the final five minutes when the Cougars gave themselves a six point cushion. Acadia would continue to attack that lead, but Regina pulled through and held on for the victory.
The Cougars out-rebounded the Axewomen 60-41 and maintained a 37.5 field goal percentage, while Acadia went 39.5.
Scoring by quarter:
REG 18-18-25-26: 87
ACA 16-27-15-26: 84
Points: Lindsay Ledingham (19), Joanna Zalesiak (17), Danielle Schmidt (15)
Rebounds: Brittany Read (11), Lindsay Ledingham (10)
Assists: Joanna Zalesiak (6)
Player of the game: Lindsay Ledingham
Points: Kristy Moore (19), Emma Duinker (17), Jasmine Parent (17)
Rebounds: Abbey Duinker (11), Jasmine Parent (6)
Assists: Kristy Moore (3)
Player of the game: Emma Duinker
CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times MOUNTAIN TIME)
NOTE: Live webcast of all games on SSN Canada (ssncanada.ca). Semifinals will be broadcast live on Shaw TV and NBA TV Canada, and the final will be broadcast live on Shaw TV and on a two-hour tape delay on NBA TV Canada.
Saturday, March 17
12:00 Quarter-final #1: UBC 65, McGill 43
14:00 Quarter-final #2: Ottawa 73, Saskatchewan 70 (OT)
17:00 Quarter-final #3: Windsor 94, Acadia 46
19:00 Quarter-final #4: Calgary 75, Regina 66
Sunday, March 18
12:00 Consolation #1: Saskatchewan 58, McGill 53
14:00 Consolation #2: Regina 87, Acadia 84
17:00 Semifinal #1: UBC vs. Ottawa (LIVE on Shaw TV and NBA TV Canada)
19:00 Semifinal #2: Windsor vs. Calgary (LIVE on Shaw TV and NBA TV Canada)
Monday, March 19
13:00 5th place: Saskatchewan vs. Regina
15:00 Bronze medal
19:00 Championship final (LIVE on Shaw TV / tape delay 9 p.m. MT on NBA TV Canada)