FREDERICTON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies punched their ticket to the 2016 CIS Women's Basketball Championship Game with a 65-58 win over the Saint Mary's University Huskies Saturday at the Richard J. Currie Center.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb/index
The second seeded Saskatchewan will get their first shot at the gold medal since 2010-11, Sunday afternoon against the fifth seeded Ryerson University Rams. The Rams knocked off top seeded McGill 87-72 in Saturday's second semifinal. Sunday's Championship game tips off at 1 p.m. Atlantic (10 a.m. SK) and is available live on Sportsnet 360 or at CIS-SIC.tv for pay-per-view.
Fifth-year Huskie Dalyce Emmerson was ecstatic to have the chance to play in the final. "I have played in two other semis, and we didn't get to the final, so this is really nice," said Emmerson. "We still have some business to take care of, but right now, I am so happy.
Emmerson was dominant again for Saskatchewan with her second double-double of the weekend. The Prince Albert, Sask. native scored 18 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Huskies.
"I took a lot of pressure, but if they have to work to control me, then it leaves someone else open, and they can take their shots," Emmerson said of her play. "It was a physical game today, not unlike what we see in the Canada West, so we were used to it, and ready for it."
Saskatchewan was able to get out to a strong start with a 20-13 first quarter. In the second the green and white Huskies continued to work the lead taking a 36-23 lead by halftime.
After cutting the deficit to 10 by the start of the fourth quarter, the Saint Mary's Huskies would mount a series comeback in the final frame. The maroon and white Huskies, who trailed by 17 at one point in the third, cut the Huskie lead to just one in the fourth. Saskatchewan though, remained poised and was able to string together a couple of scores and keep Saint Mary's at bay.
"They did some things differently in the second half, scored in transition and had too many good scorers to be taken lightly," Saskatchewan head coach Lisa Thomaidis said of the Saint Mary's comeback. "We are happy to escape with the win. And it was an escape. They made a run, and we had to find ways to get those mismatches."
Saint Mary's was led by Rachelle Coward who had 19 points. Katrina Murrell was named the Saint Mary's player of the game with nine rebounds and eight points.
SASK 20-16-14-15 65
SMU 13-10-14-15 58
Points: Laura Dally (24), Dalyce Emmerson (17), Kelsey Trulsrud (11)
Rebounds: Dalyce Emmerson (18), Kelsey Trulsrud (13).
Player of the game: Dalyce Emmerson
Points: Rachelle Coward (19), Angelina Carvery (10),
Rebounds: Katrina Murell (9), Shanieka Wood (9)
Assists: Angelina Carvery (3)
Player of the game: Katrina Murell
SCHEDULE & RESULTS (all times ATLANTIC)
Thursday, March 17
13:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 7 Ottawa 62 vs. No. 2 Saskatchewan 73
15:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 6 Alberta 52 vs. No. 3 Saint Mary's 53
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 8 UNB 52 vs. No. 1 McGill 58
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 5 Ryerson 73 vs. No. 4 Regina 70
Friday, March 18
18:00 Consolation 1: Ottawa 60 vs. Alberta 69
20:00 Consolation 2: UNB 56 vs. Regina 68
Saturday, March 19
12:00 Semifinal 1: Saskatchewan 65 vs. Saint Mary's 58
14:30 Semifinal 2: McGill vs. Ryerson (Sportsnet ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *
17:00 5th-place game (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
Sunday, March 20
10:00 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
13:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *