Laurier: 51 McGill: 58
WINDSOR, Ont. (March 15, 2014) - The No. 8 seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks were defeated by the No. 4 seeded McGill Marlets 58-51 in the consolation semifinal of the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women's basketball championship.
The loss ends the Golden Hawks fourth appearance at the national tournament and second under head coach Paul Falco
. Laurier's best finish at the Final 8 was in 2010 when the team finished fifth.
"Both teams played extremely hard, however as a team we struggled shooting wise," said Falco. "Give McGill credit, they knocked some big shots down and that was the difference in the game."
Laurier kept the match close for the entire first half, finishing just one point behind the Martlets, 26-25. Then McGill opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run that the Golden Hawks just couldn't match. The purple and gold were outscored 16-5 in the frame and only made one field goal in the quarter.
"Some of our shots weren't falling," said Doreen Bonsu
(Oakville, Ont.). "They are a good team, they won their conference."
Laurier shot just 21.6% (8-37) in the second half, as compared to 38.5% (10-26) for the Martlets. McGill also hit 4-of-7 shots from beyond-the-arc in the second.
"We had the effort there," said Guelph, Ont. native Laura Doyle
. "The shots just weren't going our way."
Laurier outscored McGill in the fourth quarter 19-16. Late in the frame the Hawks gave McGill a bit of a scare when Lee Anna Osei
(Toronto) drained four straight free-throws to bring the Hawks within seven points with less then two minutes to play. McGill iced their victory though with a three-pointer by Helene Bibeau (St. Bruno, Que.) that put the game out of reach for the Hawks.
The Martlets were led by the RSEQ's most valuable player Mariam Sylla, who posted 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead all players. Bibeau posted 11 points for McGill.
Laurier graduates four players in Bonsu, Yeldon, Doyle and Bree Chaput
of Guelph, Ont.
"I think a lot of people underestimated us this year and we proved them wrong by making it to nationals," said Doyle. "These girls are amazing and I couldn't think of a better way to end my career then with them."