CapU falls in OT in national quarterfinal

Ashley dela Cruz Yip blocks a shot during Capilano's quarterfinal matchup at CCAA Nationals. Photo courtesy the CCAA
Ashley dela Cruz Yip blocks a shot during Capilano's quarterfinal matchup at CCAA Nationals. Photo courtesy the CCAA

With files courtesy the CCAA

The Capilano University Blues women's basketball team took the #2-ranked Dawson College Blues of the RSEQ to the brink on Thursday night, but ultimately fell 73-69 in overtime in their quarterfinal matchup at the CCAA Nationals at Mount Allison University in Sackville. CapU now moves to the consolation side of the bracket, but still has a chance to win the bronze medal. 

Dawson built an early 18-11 lead on the strength of Eleanore Marciszewski’s sharp-shooting. Capilano point guard Ashley dela Cruz Yip opened the second quarter with two quick buckets, and teammates Francis Penafiel and Carmelle M’Bikata followed suit -- helping Capilano pull even with a 7-0 run. dela Cruz Yip then took her game to another level, generating offence for her teammates and herself with speed and passing. First-year guard Simrat Dosanjh hit a three in the final minute, as Mackenzie Smith made a lay-in at the second quarter buzzer, giving Capilano the half-time lead, 37-32.

Several quick buckets early in the third continued Capilano’s push, and they built a 10-point lead after three quarters. Dawson gradually worked their way back into the game in the fourth fueled by Dahomee Forgues, who gave the eastern Blues their first lead since the second quarter, with 2:30 on the clock. Both teams traded baskets from there to the end of regulation, as after Dosanjh hit two free throws with 11 seconds left to put CapU up by two, Dawson responded with a lay-up that sent the game to overtime tied at 63.

Dawson muscled their way to a five-point lead in the extra period, and despite a late comeback attempt by Capilano, the #2 seed held on for the 73-69 victory.

Dawson’s Dahomee Forgues scored 20 points and added 10 rebounds. Nelly Owusu, with 13 points and a remarkable 19 rebounds, was also a big contributor. M’bikata booked 17 points and 14 rebounds, while dela Cruz Yip, Capilano's Player of the Game, added 15 and 8 to go along with six assists. Sherrie Errico also had 13 rebounds for Capilano. 

Both teams shot the ball at a similar rate, with CapU at 31.6 per cent from the floor and Dawson at 30.6, though Capilano had a slight edge from beyond the arc, going 5-for-24 while Dawson went just 2-for-22. The RSEQ Blues won the turnover battle, forcing 25 while commiting 16. 

CapU now plays the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the bronze quarterfinal on Friday at 11:00am PT. A win would advance them to the bronze semifinal, which would give them a shot to play for the bronze medal on Saturday. All games can be viewed online here.

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