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WBASK off to fourth national championship
WATERLOO, Ont. (March 11, 2014) - For the second time in four years, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball is off to nationals as they head to Windsor for the 2014 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS Championship starting on March 14.

The Hawks, who enter the tournament as the OUA Bronze Medalists and the eighth seed, will take on the top-seeded Lancers, the tournament hosts, in the quarter-finals on Friday at 6 p.m. at the St. Denis Centre. The game will be streamed live on CIS-SIC.tv.

Friday's game will mark the fourth time this season that Laurier and Windsor have met on the hard court and the second time this post-season. After sweeping the season series from the Hawks, the Lancers eliminated the purple and gold from OUA Championship contention two weeks ago in the OUA West Final with an 86-58 win in Windsor. In their first-ever meeting at the CIS Championship, Laurier will be looking to avenge those defeats and play spoiler in front of Windsors hometown crowd.

For Laurier, they have four players on their roster who played with the team the last time they qualified for the CIS Championship in 2010-11. Fourth years Laura Doyle of Guelph, Ont., Doreen Bonsu of Oakville, Ont., Kimberley Yeldon of Ottawa, and Bree Chaput of Guelph, Ont., all played for the purple and gold in Windsor three years ago where they helped the team finish fifth. That experience will be looked to this week by head coach PAUL FALCO as the team looks to build upon that result this time around.

Two other veterans will also look to bring their experience from south of the border to this national championship. Lee Anna Osei of Toronto, and Whitney Ellenor of Pickering, Ont., both have experience playing in the NCAA as they suited up for the Miami Hurricanes and Canisius Golden Griffins respectively. Playing in that environment will be something that those two players can build off of and share with their teammates as they enter their first CIS Championship.

Fans will be able to follow along with the Golden Hawks all week through various forms of media. All games during the championship will be live streamed on CIS-SIC.tv, with supporting live stats, while Golden Hawks media staff will live tweet the action from all the games on Twitter @WLUAthletics. Post-game highlights will also be posted to the Golden Hawks' YouTube account.

Outside of the games, forwards Ellenor and Alexandra Spadaro of Grimsby, Ont., will be blogging all about Laurier's experience in Windsor via the Golden Hawks' Tumblr account. Content will also be posted to Laurier's Instagram page throughout the week to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the team and the #AskAHawk feature will also return to Twitter featuring Doreen Bonsu as her and her teammates aim to capture the first national championship in the programs history

Follow Women's Basketball on their quest for a CIS Championship:

Webcast/Live Stats - CIS-SIC.tv
Twitter - @WLUAthletics


PARTICIPATING TEAMS

No. 1 Windsor Lancers

Head Coach: Chantal Vallee (9th season) 
Regular season record: 21-1
Regular season standing: 1st OUA West
Playoff record: 3-0
Playoff finish: OUA champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 33-1
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 8-0 (2-0 vs. UFV, 2-0 QNS, 1-0 ALB, 3-0 WLU)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 1
Top 10 best ranking: No.1 (7 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
Conference award winners (OUA West): Miah-Marie Langlois (defensive MVP), Chantal Vallee (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA West): Jessica Clemencon (F), Miah-Marie Langlois (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA West): Korissa Williams (G)
Conference all-rookie team (OUA West): Cheyanne Roger (F)
Season leaders (points per game): Jessica Clemencon (18.2), Miah-Marie Langlois (15.3)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Jessica Clemencon (7.7)
Season leader (assists per game): Miah-Marie Langlois (4.9)
Team national ranking (offence): 1st (83.0)
Team national ranking (defence): 3rd (50.2)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 6th 
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 12-3 (.800)
CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (2013, 2012, 2011)
CIS championship all-time medals: 4 (3-1-0)
CIS championship last appearance: 2013 (champions)
CIS championship sequence: 6th consecutive appearance
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 2-0 (1 appearance)

No. 2 Saint Mary's Huskies

Head Coach: Scott Munro (6th season)
Regular season record: 20-0
Regular season standing: 1st AUS
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 29-0
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 0-0
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 2
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (6 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
Conference award winners: Justine Colley (MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Justine Colley (G), Rachelle Coward (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Laura Langille (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Justine Colley (20.8), Rachelle Coward (18.8)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Laura Langille (8.2)
Season leader (assists per game): Justine Colley (5.7)
Team national ranking (offence): 2nd (81.6)
Team national ranking (defence): 17th (59.1) 
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 3rd   
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 3-3 (.500)
CIS championship best result: Bronze (2013)
CIS championship all-time medals: 1 (0-0-1)
CIS championship last appearance: 2013 (bronze)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd consecutive appearance 
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 0-0

No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies

Head Coach: Lisa Thomaidis (15th season)
Regular season record: 17-5
Regular season standing: 3rd Canada West Prairie 
Playoff record: 4-1
Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 26-7
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 3-3 (2-0 vs. UFV, 1-0 QNS, 0-3 ALB)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 6
Top 10 best ranking: No. 4 (4 weeks) 
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13 
Conference award winners: Dalyce Emmerson (MVP & defensive MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Dalyce Emmerson (P)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: None
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Dalyce Emmerson (19.2), Kiera Lyons (12.6)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Dalyce Emmerson (11.6)
Season leader (assists per game): Kabree Howard (4.0)
Team national ranking (offence): 5th (71.5)
Team national ranking (defence): 18th (60.0)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 8th 
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 8-12 (.400)
CIS championship best result: Finalists (2011)
CIS championship all-time medals: 2 (0-1-1)
CIS championship last appearance: 2012 (6th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 1-year absence (6th appearance in 7 years)
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 0-1 (1 appearance)

No. 4 McGill Martlets

Head Coach: Ryan Thorne (11th season)
Regular season record: 13-3
Regular season standing: 1st RSEQ
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: RSEQ champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 19-4
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 0-0
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 8
Top 10 best ranking: No. 6 (3 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
Conference award winners: Mariam Sylla (MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Mariam Sylla (F), Francoise Charest (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Helene Bibeau (F)
Conference all-rookie team: Jennifer Silver (F)
Season leaders (points per game): Mariam Sylla (13.1), Helene Bibeau (8.4)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Mariam Sylla (9.4)
Season leader (assists per game): Dianna Ros (3.1)
Team national ranking (offence): 32nd (57.9)
Team national ranking (defence): 1st (47.3)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 9th 
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 7-13 (.350)
CIS championship best result: Bronze (1996)
CIS championship all-time medals: 1 (0-0-1)
CIS championship last appearance: 2013 (5th place)
CIS championship sequence: 3rd consecutive appearance
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 0-0

No. 5 Fraser Valley Cascades

Head Coach: Al Tuchscherer (12th season / 8th in CIS)
Regular season record: 17-5
Regular season standing: 1st Canada West Pacific
Playoff record: 3-1
Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 26-8
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 2-5 (0-2 vs. WSR, 0-2 SASK, 1-1 ALB, 1-0 WLU)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 5
Top 10 best ranking: No. 3 (3 weeks)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13 
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: None
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Aieisha Luyken (G)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Sarah Wierks (11.9), Aieisha Luyken (10.7), Kaylie Sartori (10.7)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Sarah Wierks (8.1)
Season leader (assists per game): Aieisha Luyken (4.3)
Team national ranking (offence): 6th (70.2)
Team national ranking (defence): 7th (53.3)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 2nd   
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 0-2 (.000)
CIS championship best result: Tied 7th place (2013)
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship last appearance: 2013 (tied 7th place)
CIS championship sequence: 2nd consecutive appearance
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 0-2 (2 appearances)

No. 6 Queen's Gaels 

Head Coach: Dave Wilson (32nd season)
Regular season record: 16-6
Regular season standing: 1st OUA East 
Playoff record: 2-1
Playoff finish: OUA finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 25-11
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 0-4 (0-2 vs. WSR, 0-1 SASK, 0-1 WLU)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 10
Top 10 best ranking: No. 10 (2 weeks last 2 polls)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 2
Conference award winners (OUA East): Gemma Bullard (Tracy MacLeod Award), Dave Wilson (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Liz Boag (G), Jenny Wright (W)
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA East): Gemma Bullard (W)
Conference all-rookie team (OUA East): Andrea Priamo (P)
Season leaders (points per game): Jenny Wright (13.0), Liz Boag (12.0)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Robyn Pearson (9.7)
Season leader (assists per game): Liz Boag (3.5)
Team national ranking (offence): 17th (63.6)
Team national ranking (defence): 11th (56.8)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 3rd   
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 1-4 (.200) 
CIS championship best result: 4th place (2001)
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship last appearance: 2003 (tied 7th place) 
CIS championship sequence: Return after 10-year absence
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 0-0

No. 7 Alberta Pandas

Head Coach: Scott Edwards (8th season)
Regular season record: 20-2
Regular season standing: 1st Canada West Prairie 
Playoff record: 3-1
Playoff finish: Canada West bronze medallists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 32-4
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 5-2 (0-1 vs. WSR, 3-0 SASK, 1-1 UFV, 1-0 WLU)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): No. 3
Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (1 week first poll)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
Conference award winners: Jaime Norum (Tracy MacLeod Award), Scott Edwards (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Andria Carlyon (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: None
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Andria Carlyon (10.5), Kendra Asleson (10.2)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Andria Carlyon (7.3)
Season leader (assists per game): Jessilyn Fairbanks (3.4)
Team national ranking (offence): 7th (69.3)
Team national ranking (defence): 8th (54.6)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 10th  
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 13-12 (.520)
CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (1999)
CIS championship all-time medals: 4 (1-2-1)
CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (bronze)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 4-year absence
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 0-1 (1 appearance)

No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

Head Coach: PAUL FALCO (6th season)
Regular season record: 15-7 
Regular season standing: 3rd OUA West
Playoff record: 3-1
Playoff finish: OUA bronze medallists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 23-13
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 1-5 (0-3 vs. WSR, 0-1 UFV, 1-0 QNS, 0-1 ALB) 
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 25): Unranked
Top 10 best ranking: No. 7 (1 week)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 7 
Conference award winners (OUA West): Doreen Bonsu (Tracy MacLeod Award)
Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA West): None
Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA West): Laura Doyle (G)
Conference all-rookie team (OUA West): Alexandra Spadaro (F)
Season leaders (points per game): Laura Doyle (10.5), Kaitlyn Schenck (7.3), Whitney Ellenor (7.3)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Doreen Bonsu (5.5)
Season leader (assists per game): Lee Anna Osei (3.7)
Team national ranking (offence): 21st (63.1)
Team national ranking (defence): 16th (58.8)
CIS championship appearances (not including Regionals): 4th  
CIS championship all-time record (not including Regionals): 2-5 (.286)
CIS championship best result: 5th place (2011)
CIS championship all-time medals: 0
CIS championship last appearance: 2011 (5th place)
CIS championship sequence: Return after 2-year absence
CIS Regionals record (2011 & 2012): 2-0 (1 appearance)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (all times EASTERN TIME)

Thursday, March 13
18:30 All-Canadian Awards Dinner (St. Clair Centre for the Arts) 

Friday, March 14
13:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 7 Alberta vs. No. 2 Saint Mary's (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
15:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 6 Queen's vs. No. 3 Saskatchewan (www.CIS-SIC.tv)   
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier vs. No. 1 Windsor (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 5 Fraser Valley vs. No. 4 McGill (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  

Saturday, March 15
10:00 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
12:00 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
15:00 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)  
17:00 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)  

Sunday, March 16
15:00 5th Place (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
17:00 Bronze (www.CIS-SIC.tv)  
20:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)  

* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final) will be on pay-per-view basis.
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