McGill cruises to consolation win over Fraser Valley
McGill University had a strong third quarter and never looked back, defeating Fraser Valley by a 70-52 margin on Saturday afternoon in a consolation semifinal at the 2013 CIS Women’s Basketball Championship at the University of Regina.
Mariam Sylla had 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to notch the contest’s lone double-double for McGill, which will meet Ottawa on Saturday morning in the consolation final (11 a.m., www.cis-sic.tv). Anneth Him-Lazarenko and Francoise Charest chipped in with 12 points apiece for McGill, while Sylla added five blocks in the win.
Kayli Sartori led Fraser Valley in scoring for the second time in as many nights, ending up with 15 in a losing cause for the Cascades.
“After we lost last night, we decided to keep fighting and represent our university and our conference and we need to continue to do that,” McGill head coach Ryan Thorne said. “I thought out shot selection was good today, but for a large part of the game we were trying to play too fast and had too many turnovers.”
McGill ended up with 31 turnovers to Fraser Valley’s 21, but made up for it with a big 44-31 rebounding advantage in the victory.
Fraser Valley led for the majority of the first quarter, opening up a six-point advantage after buckets from Tessa Hart and Aieisha Luyken on back-to-back buckets late in the period. No. 6-seeded McGill was able to start to take control in the second quarter, as the Martlets reeled off 10 consecutive points in the span of four minutes to turn a five-point deficit into a five-point lead.
The third quarter was all McGill. The RSEQ champion Martlets outscored Fraser Valley by a 25-11 margin in the third, at one point going on a 14-4 run to build up their first double-digit lead of the game. McGill took a 19-point advantage into the fourth quarter and didn’t allow the Cascades to get any closer than 16 down the stretch.
McGill will now prepare for Sunday’s consolation final against Ottawa, a team which the Martlets played during the non-conference schedule. Ottawa took a 66-63 win in that game, which was played back on Oct. 21 at McGill.
UFV: 13-13-11-15: 52
MCG: 10-21-25-14: 70
Points: Kayli Sartori (15)
Rebounds: Courtney Bartel (5)
Assists: Sarah Wierks (2), Kayli Sartori (2), Nicole Wierks (2)
Points: Anneth Him-Lazarenko (12), Francoise Charest (12)
Rebounds: Mariam Sylla (13)
Assists: Dianna Ros (5)