Laurier: 56 CIS Championship - Carleton: 52
WINDSOR, Ont. - The seventh seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks defeated the third seeded Carleton Ravens in the consolation semifinal of the CIS Final 8 National Championship, 56-52.
The win is the first for the purple-and-gold at the national tournament in their three appearances in the history of the program. The Golden Hawks fell to the consolation side on Friday with a 58-51 loss to second seeded Saskatchewan Huskies.
"It feels great to get the win," commented head coach PAUL FALCO
on the team's determination to finish the season as close to the end as possible. "Carleton is a physical team, and to beat a number three ranked team again, that was very big."
Carleton finished the season ranked fourth overall and entered the tournament as the number three seed. Earlier in the post-season, the Hawks defeated both Western and Regina, both holding the number-three nationally ranked position. Renata Adamczyk
of Greensville, Ont. led the Golden Hawks in the defensive battle. The two teams traded baskets for the majority of the first quarter as the score wrapped up with the Ravens ahead 16-14. The second quarter saw a collective 15 points between the two teams.
"We made some defensive adjustments and just started switching up more," said Adamczyk post game after being named player of the game. "We just started giving each other more defensive help in the third and then that carried over for the rest of the game."
Adamczyk put up 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the 30 minutes she played in the contest but it was Christa Mancino
that led the team in scoring with 16 points. The Port Colborne, Ont. native shot 50% from the field and added seven from the free throw line. Mallory Kohlmeier
of Sarnia, Ont. was the third Hawk in double-digit scoring with 14 points.
Laurier outscored the Ravens 33-30 in the second half of the contest including surviving a late scare. The teams traded leads 11 times in the battle including 10 times when the score was tied.
Carleton was led by guard Alyson Bush of Ottawa, who picked up 16 points and eight rebounds in the contest. The Ravens leave their first Final 8 tournament with a record of 0-2.
Earlier in the year the Golden Hawks handed the Ravens one of their four regular season losses, an eight-point win in Waterloo.
"We have to take care of the ball better," commented Falco on the plan for the final. "Both today and yesterday turnovers hurt us so we have to be careful with that and be more efficient offensively."
The team awaits the winner of the second consolation semifinal between Laval and University of Toronto and will compete in the final at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.