Laurier celebrates their win over Regina. (Photo Credit: Jamie Wilson)
Laurier: 82 CIS Regional Final - Regina: 67
REGINA - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks continue to do the improbable as they upset the No. 3 ranked Regina Cougars 82-67 in the CIS west women's basketball regional final on Saturday.
"I'm really happy for the girls, " said head coach PAUL FALCO
. "One of our goals this year was to get to the final 8. I was amazed at their focus tonight when they stepped on the court. They played there best game of the year so far."
The win stunned the crowd of 2,053 fans in attendance at Regina's Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport while advancing the Golden Hawks to the CIS women's championship next weekend in Windsor, Ont.
This will be the Golden Hawks first appearance in the CIS women's championship since 2003-04.
Laurier was powered by the fifth year Mallory Kohlmeier
of Sarnia, Ont., who poured in a game high 25 points in the win. In 37 minutes on the floor, Kohlmeier went 9-for-16 from the field and made three decisive three-pointers. Kimberley Yeldon
of Ottawa posted 14 points while Christa Mancino
of Port Colborne, Ont., was the game's top rebounder with seven.
Regina neutralized Laurier's top player Renata Adamczyk
of Greensville, Ont., who posted just three points.
A trio of Regina players broke double-digit scoring with Lindsay Ledingham of Regina leading the way with 16 points. Carly Graham of White Rock, B.C., had 13 points while Joanna Zalesiak of Poland had 11 points. Zalesiak also had seven assists and five rebounds in the loss.
Laurier held a slim three point advantage at the half, but exploded for 27 points in the third quarter to put the Cougars away. Regina responded with 19 in the third, but the damage was done with Laurier leading 68-53 to start the fourth. The two teams traded 14 points in the final frame to finish 82-67.
The difference in the game came down to three point shooting with the Golden Hawks shooting 47% from beyond the arc (8-17) while the Cougars shot a dismal 26.7% (4-15)
Laurier finished fourth in the OUA playoffs but qualified for regional play with a 76-74 win over the Western Mustangs in the OUA west semifinals. Last night, the Golden Hawks knocked off UQAM 61-51 in the CIS west regional semifinal.
"It's big. It's going to be a great experience for our younger kids and a
good reward for our veterans who have been working hard the last few
years to get to nationals," said Falco on the Hawks heading to the CIS
The Golden Hawks will travel to Windsor next week with play beginning on March 18th. Seeding for the Final Eight will be announced Monday, March 14.
Written By Mike Grobe