Wbball at Nationals - Summary

March 24th, 2013

VIU finishes in the 5th/6th place at the 2103 CCAA Women's Basketball Nationals

Jocelyn Jones was named a Tournament All-Star and a player of the game, Heather McCarthy was named player of the game vs Fanshawe

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VIU eliminated from medals

The Olds College Broncos will play for a national bronze medal in their inaugural season in the CCAA.

The Alberta champions once again were led by CCAA player of the year Jylisa Williams, whose tournament-high 42 points overwhelmed Vancouver Island University for a 72-55 final score in the first of two bronze medal semifinals on Saturday.

Williams netted 21 points in the first half alone, only a point shy of the entire 22 points that sixth-seeded VIU collected in the game's opening 20 minutes.

The victory propels No. 5 ranked Olds College to the bronze medal game where they will meet either St. Thomas University or Algonquin College. The Broncos' opponent will be determined during the 12:15 p.m. game on Saturday.

Vancouver Island's defeat knocks the Mariners out of this tournament.

Apart from the offensive dominance of Williams, the Broncos didn't require much else offensively. Te'Anna Edman-Rowe was the closet player to cracking the 10-point mark. She collected nine points and three steals.

Vancouver Island, which barely shot over 20 per cent from the floor and from behind the arc, tallied 12 points from Shayna Worthington, 11 from Jocelyn Jones and Jenna Carver had 10 points

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Mariners keep medal hopes alive

The VIU Mariners solidly defeated the Fanshawe Falcons 68-55. VIU took the lead early in the first and remained unthreatened by the Falcons until the fourth quarter. By that time it was too little, too late for Fanshawe.

The Mariners' depth provided the decisive blow to the Falcons. All-Canadian Jocelyn Jones, Heather McCarthy, Jenna Carver and Shayna Worthington all contributed double-digit scoring totals. McCarthy, who won player of the game for VIU, also contributed nine rebounds and four steals.

The Falcons offence came down to Felicia Mazerolle (24 points) and Janine DeLeon (17 points). No other player on the Fanshawe team contributed more than four points.

With the win, VIU keeps their bronze medal hopes alive and will face the loser of the Olds/Montmorency game at 10 a.m. A win in that game will send the Mariners into the bronze medal contest.

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Dawson College Blues advance to the semifinals

The Dawson College Blues decisively topped the Vancouver Island University Mariners 65-43 in first round action at the CCAA women's basketball nationals. Dawson rode a 33-16 lead into the second half and never looked back in a strong debut at the championships in Truro, NS.

Despite a much better second half for VIU, their poor play in the opening two quarters hindered their attempt at any sort of comeback. Poor shooting plagued them all night, as they went 11 for 45 from the field and did not make a single three pointer all game.

Calyah Cruickshank and Jennifer Silver led the way for the Blues by contributing 19 and 14 points, respectively. Sarah St-Fort added a game-high 10 rebounds for Dawson. Jocelyn Jones had a team-high 10 points for VIU.

With the win, Dawson advances to the semis Mar. 15 and will face the winner of Fanshawe/STU.

By losing their opening match, the sixth-seeded VIU Mariners are relegated to the consolation round. They will face the loser of Fanshawe/STU on Mar. 15.

After losing the RSEQ title to the top seeded Nomandes de Montmorencey, the Blues were determined to get redemption on the national stage. With the victory they are one step closer to doing so.

Dawson College looks to carry the momentum created by their first round win into the next round in their quest to avenge their RSEQ championship loss. In their eyes silver is not good enough; only gold will suffice this time around.