Two unlikely teams face off in an unpredictable final as both teams enter the championship after knocking off the top two seeds, Sheridan and Dawson. Following a convincing 80-63 victory, the Dynamiques advanced over top-seeded Sheridan College yesterday. Mount Saint Vincent has been a bit of a giant-killer this tournament as they defeated 3rd place SAIT in their opening round matchup, before dropping 2nd place Sheridan in the semi-final. This game could also be of historical importance as the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics have the opportunity to be the very first National Championship winner from the Atlantic conference in the 33 year history of the CCAA.
The Dynamiques got off to a quick start leading 11-6 midway through the first quarter and continued to build on it taking a 22-15 lead into the second quarter. However, the Mystics started the second on a 7-0 run to tie the game up at 22 forcing a Sainte-Foy time-out. Following the T.O., the Dynamiques took off on a 7-0 run of their own to make it 29-22. The Mystics would creep back into the game with another run, 6-0, to enter the half down by a single point, 29-28.
Katherine Brien had a strong first half for MSVU with 14 points and 3 treys. Marie-Line Petit was a statistical threat for the Dynamiques pouring in 6 points to go with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. The Mystics had difficulties scoring from the inside in the first half, but combated that with a decent performance from three-point range and strong work on the boards.
The Mystics seemed to have solved that in the second half as they took a 36-33 midway through the third, but the momentum took a wild swing the other way as the Dynamiques caught fire on offence and played some shut-down defence to outscore the Mystics 20 to 0 in the remainder of the third quarter and take a 53-36 lead heading into the final quarter.
The Mystics had no answer to the Dynamiques remarkable third quarter run and the two teams played to a stand-still in the fourth with the point differential reaching no less than 14 points in the final frame as Cegep de Sainte-Foy cruised to a 69-55 victory and their third-straight CCAA National Championship.
Katherine Brien was named Player of the Game for the Mystics finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds, despite a quiet second half in which she only produced 2 points. Catherine Groleau was named Player of the Game for the Dynamiques after dropping 24 points on 10 for 18 shooting with a pair of treys. Groleau would also go on to win MVP of the entire tournament in the awards ceremonies preceding the final game.
Last reviewed 3/20/2010 10:49:13 PM