Game Three: Thursday March 18, 2010 6:00pm
UBC Okanagan vs. Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Final Score: 70-79
Winner: Cégep de Sainte-Foy
As the host team, the UBC Okanagan Heat were guaranteed a spot in the nationals irregardless of how they finished in the regular season. However, that just wasn’t good enough for Coach Heather Semeniuk’s team as they beat the Vancouver Island Mariners and Camosun Chargers to win the provincial title, and finish with the fourth seed. However, the fourth seed may not have been the advantage it seemed as it matched them against the defending champion Sainte-Foy Dynamiques who were demoted to 5th despite finishing first in Quebec with an 18-2 record, as they fell to the Dawson Blues in the provincial final.
With a packed house in attendance, the Heat had no lack of hometown support, and they came out firing on all cylindars to take a 13-8 lead midway through the opening frame. The teams would trade buckets the rest of the way, as seven Heat players would score, led by Madison Kaneda with 6, and the Heat would enter the second quarter with a 19-12 advantage.
The teams would play an evenly matched second quarter with the Heat continuing to play strong ball, while the Dynamiques quietly inched back into the game. They managed to tie it up at 31 late in the quarter, before Katie Woodman put up a long two then slashed in for her own rebound and converted the put-back as well as an ensuing free-throw to give the Heat a 34-31 lead at the break.
Sainte-Foy came out swinging in the second half, as they caught the Heat flat-footed and went on a 14-0 run to take a 45-34 advantage midway through the 3rd forcing the Heat to call a timeout. The timeout halted the Dynamiques momentum and the Heat clawed there way back into the game with a 14-5 run to end the quarter and make it 50-48 for Sainte-Foy heading into the final frame.
The Dynamiques took control again in the fourth, taking a 63-56 lead at the midway point before a Katie Woodman lay-up with a “plus-one” made it 63-59, then a three-pointer by Kaneda closed the gap to one, 63-62. Unfortunately, this would be as close as it would come, as the Dynamiques won the battle of the free throw line, shooting 83% to UBC O’s 59%, for an eight point difference. Poor ball control and having to deal with Sainte-Foy’s physical play also took a toll on the Heat as they faltered to a 79-70 defeat in a game many of the players and fans felt the team should’ve won. Coach Semeniuk felt that it was ultimately too many turnovers and an inability to sink shots down the stretch that cost her team the game.
Kaneda was named Player of the Game for the Heat due to her 18 point, 5 rebound performance, but Meghan McGill with 16 points and 5 boards, and Jenna Kantz with 13 points, 9 boards, and 6 assists could have just as easily earned the title. Cegep de Sainte-Foy’s Marie-Line Petit was named Player of the Game for her team as she posted 19 points and 6 steals, while shooting 8 for 9 from the free throw line, and 5 for 7 from the field.
The Heat will face the loser of the Camosun/Sheridan game tomorrow at 3:00 in an opportunity to continue on to the bronze medal game, while the Dynamiques will play the winner of that game tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. to see which team will advance to the championship final.