Photo credit Matt Llewellyn, Ryerson
|Wolfville, NS - The Acadia Axewomen basketball team
extended their winning streak to three games by edging the Saint
Mary's Huskies 81-75. The win moves the Axewomen four points ahead
of the Huskies in fifth place overall in the AUS standings with two
four-point games remaining in the regular season being played at
home this weekend against the fourth place Memorial Sea-Hawks.
Second year Axewoman Lindsay Harris led Acadia with 21 points while fourth year Axewoman Emma Duinker added 19 points and 10 rebounds as Acadia led for the entire game except for a one point lead that the Huskies offered two minutes into the final quarter on a layup by Susanne Cavin that was quickly erased by a Emma Duinker jumper.
Last year's AUS Rookie of the Year, Justine Colley, posted a game high 27 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies while Cavin netted 24 points and 11 rebounds for the losing cause.
Shooting 42.5% from the floor, the Axewomen fell short on the three point curve with only 19%, while the Huskies remained in throwing distance from Acadia with 15 points from the distant arc on only 16 attempts.
Abbey Duinker and Kristy Moore added 16 and 13 points respectively as the Axewomen improve to 10-8 with two games remaining against Memorial.
The final standings remain unpredictable with fifth place Acadia and fourth place Memorial facing off with two four-point games while the third place StFX X-Women will take on the first place UNB Varsity Reds and last place UPEI Panthers to close the season. The Axewomen will not slip to sixth place but have a chance to move up from fifth to four with wins against Memorial. Four points seperate StFX, Memorial and Acadia.
Following this weekend, the Axewomen will prepare for a quarterfinal game this Friday night at Memorial, host of the 2011 AUS Women's Basketball Championship.
Source: Acadia Sports Info
|OUA playoff 1|
|WATERLOO, Ont.- The Laurier Women's Basketball team
was coming off their best regular season in six years, finishing
the year with a 15-7 record, good for third place in the OUA West.
In their first game of the playoffs, the Hawks knocked off the
sixth seed Guelph Gryphons for their first post-season win since
2009. Laurier dominated their opponents, leading by as many as 26
points, on their way to a 73-47 victory.
"We came out ready to play, we were on fire. At the start of the game everyone was hitting their shots, we got off to a big lead and stayed that way for the game," said team captain Renata Adamczyk.
Laurier will travel to Windsor to face the second seed Western Mustangs, who beat Laurier in both regular season meetings between the two clubs.
Guelph made the first basket of the game, and that was the only lead they held all night as the Hawks played a strong first quarter, grabbing the 17-10 lead. Laurier extended their advantage in the second to 17 points, thanks in large part to Felicia Mazerolle (Elliot Lake, Ont.) who had a seven point effort.
"We focused on our defence and our offence came along with that," said Mazerolle following the game.
The Hawks had a 37-20 lead at half and didn't allow Guelph to draw closer in the third. Laurier outscored Guelph 17-12 to take a 54-32 lead into the final frame. The fourth saw more of the same from the Laurier offence, who shot an outstanding 27-for-54 (50%) from the field. Laurier stifled the Guelph offence, outscoring the Gryphons 19-15 for the easy 73-47 victory.
Laurier's defence was outstanding in the game, forcing Guelph to shoot 35.1% from the field and 16.7% from three point range. Laurier also outrebounded Guelph 37-25, and had 18 assists to Guelph's seven.
Renata Adamczyk (Greensville, Ont.) led the Golden Hawk attack with a game-high 15 points and five assists. Rookie Felicia Mazerolle had 13 points and two steals in her first career playoff game, while Christa Mancino (Port Colborne, Ont.) scored 13 points. Mallory Kohlmeier (Sarnia, Ont.) had 10 points and five assists, and Megan Grant (Thunder Bay, Ont.) recorded eight points and seven rebounds.
"The veterans have been why we are where we are," said head coach Paul Falco. "We've got great leadership from Mallory, Megan and Renata and Christa has really stepped up."
Kayla Goodhoofd (Oakvillle, Ont.) had 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Gryphons. Samantha Russell (Paradise Valley, AZ.) had 10 points in the losing effort.
Laurier now advances to the OUA quarter-final to take on the 19-3 Western Mustangs who are ranked third in the CIS, and had a bye in the first round of playoffs. Top-seed and the second ranked Windsor (20-2) will take Brock (14-8) in the other OUA West playoff game. Both games will take place on Saturday, February 26th.
Source: Laurier Sports Info
|OUA playoff 2|
|OTTAWA - York came hungry for victory in tonight's
OUA playoff match, though the OUA East third-ranked Gee-Gees were
able to hold off the Lions and win 67-53 to advance in the
"It was not a good performance by us tonight," said head coach Andy Sparks, "I give York all the credit; they did some stuff that gave us a lot of trouble. We didn't respond as well as we needed to."
It wasn't the quickest of starts for the Gee-Gees, but slow and steady they began to build up their lead through the first quarter. A pair of back-to-back treys from fifth-year guard Alexandra Roy, Montreal, Qué., gave the Gee-Gees an eight point lead to close the frame. The second was a more even battle, though the Gee-Gees extended their lead up to ten at the half.
The Lions slowly began to chip away at the Gee-Gees lead throughout the third until the score was tied with a minute remaining in the quarter. This match would come down to the fourth and final frame to decide a victor, though both teams would struggle to find the basket at the start of this deciding quarter. But then the Gee-Gees slowly began to rebuild their lead to close with the win.
Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., notched a double-double once again, leading the Gee-Gees with 26 points and 18 rebounds. First-year guard Kim Cupid, Toronto, Ont., tallied 11 points in her strong first half.
"I think we played ok, but we're going to have to play a lot better if we want to do good this weekend," said Cupid. In commenting on the mask she's been forced to wear since breaking her nose, Cupid said "The mask has been a distraction to me. I'm getting used to it and feeling a lot better than I did when I first started to wear it; I'm starting to adjust to it."
"It was nice to see us respond in the last four minutes," said Sparks on his team's comeback, "That certainly showed some character after things going bad for such a long period of time."
"We played like we were a team that was trying not to lose, not a team that was trying to win," concluded Sparks, "And lack of confidence; there was not nearly enough desperation by our team."
The Gee-Gees will now travel to Toronto for the OUA East final four to face the second place Carleton (18-4 OUA, 0-0 playoffs) on Saturday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. for an OUA quarter-final playoff game.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
|OUA playoff 3|
|TORONTO- The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team
is heading to the OUA East Final Four after defeating the Queen's
Gaels 62-51 at Kerr Hall Gymnasium on Wednesday night. Second-year
guard Kelsey Wright tallied a game-high 22 points, while Angela
Tilk added 19 as well as nine rebounds to lift the Rams to their
first playoff victory since 2009. Brittany Moore responded for the
Gaels with 18 points. "I give all the credit to them," explained an
ecstatic Interim Head Coach Charles Kissi. "They believed in what I
asked them to do and they worked their butts off tonight."
Both teams looked nervous in the opening minutes of the contest, as a jumper by Jill Wheat were the only two points scored by either the Rams or Gaels through the first three minutes. Alexandrea Tkaczyk (Cambridge, Ont.) got the Rams on the board with a strong move to the basket where she picked up two points plus a foul shot. Her fellow post player Tilk then dropped three points as Ryerson opened a four-point lead. However, Moore answered for Queen's with two straight baskets, and nailed a three with time winding down in the opening quarter to bring her team within one.
The visitors took an early lead in the second, but the Rams quickly woke up and went on an 8-0 run capped off with Wright picking up a steal, and converting a three pointer to put them up by three. Key turnovers plagued the Gaels, as they would continue to give Ryerson opportunities. Veteran Ashley MacDonald was relentless, picking up four steals in the first two periods. However, fellow sharp shooter Moore was beginning to heat up for Queen's, as she nailed two more three's and finished with 11 points in the half.
Tilk was the primary producer for the Rams, recording 10 in the half to keep her team on pace with Queen's. The Welland, Ont. native sunk three straight free throws at the end of the half to send the respective teams to locker rooms with the contest locked at 31-31.
Ryerson came out of in the third quarter hot, as MacDonald (Port Colborne, Ont.) opened the half with a three. Wright followed with a pair from beyond the arc herself, and the Rams opened a 10-point lead. Meanwhile, the Gaels were snake-bitten the entire quarter, as they began settling for long jumpers that were not finding the basket. They managed just four points in the quarter, and went into the final period down by nine points.
Queen's would find their rhythm more towards the bottom half of the fourth, as Moore would once again find the net from long range on a couple of occasions. After cutting the lead to just three on a shot by Liz Boag, Wright would answer with four straight points to solidify the Ryerson advantage for good.
"Basketball is a game of runs, and you just have to persevere and keep fighting. You have to play to win and not to lose," said Kissi.
Tilk would go on to drain three of four foul shots in the last minute, and the Rams booked their place in the OUA East Final Four with the victory.
"She was confident going into tonight and played that way," said Kissi of third-year forward Tilk. "She's done a phenomenal job."
The women will head to the University of Toronto this Saturday, and match-up against the host team. The Blues are currently ranked the No. 6 team in the nation, and the Rams were defeated in both meetings this year.
However, the Rams gave Toronto a good run in their final regular season match-up last Friday, and Kissi is optimistic about his team's chances come Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to (playing them) again. I thought we gave one away against (Toronto) last time, we could have won that game. This gives us a lot of confidence going into Saturday."
The Rams and Blues will match-up in the second semi-final of the day on Saturday, which will take place at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Source: Ryerson Sports Info
|OUA playoff 4|
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University women's basketball team (14-8 OUA West) had their season come to an abrupt end as they gave up a 17-point lead falling to the Lakehead Thunderwolves 85-80 at the Bob Davis Gymnasium Wednesday night. Brock led by 15 points at the half 45-30, keeping Lakehead's all-time leading scorer Tasia McKenna to just five points.
Midway through the third quarter, Lakehead put together an 11-2 run cutting the lead to five points, 55-50 with 3:36 left in the quarter.
With seven minutes remaining in the final quarter, the Thunderwolves went on a 7-2 run over two minutes tying the game 70-70 with 5:34 left.
After Lakehead went up 78-74, the Badgers would battle back tying the game 78-78 with one minute left in regulation.
Next possession, the T-Wolves Lindsay Dreury would get an offensive board and the putback to make it 80-78.
In the final 30 seconds, Brock's Jessica Del Signore (Brantford, Ont.) would miss two shots from beyond the arc that would have put Brock ahead but instead they were forced to foul.
Lakehead would knock down 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to secure the victory and advance to the OUA West Semi-Finals.
McKenna and Dreury combined for 58 of the Thunderwolves points, including 42 of their 55 points in the second half. McKenna finished with 28 points while Dreury added a game high 30 points and 15 rebounds for the double-double.
Brock had three players in double figures led by junior Emily McKay (Toronto, Ont.) who recorded a career high 29 points and seven rebounds. Del Signore and senior Whitney Gorges (Welland, Ont.) chipped in with 16 points each. Sophomore Samantha deJong (St. Catharines, Ont.), who got in foul trouble early on, was held scoreless for the game while adding just five rebounds in the loss.
Lakehead shot a game high 47.5% (28-for-59) from the field and 80.0% (24-for-30) from the charity stripe. Brock finished the contest shooting 37.9% (25-for-66) from the floor and 66.7% (20-for-30) from the free throw line.
In the OUA West semi-finals Saturday, Lakehead will now take on first place Windsor while Laurier will take on second place Western.
Source: Brock Sports Info