With files courtesy the CCAA
The 2017-18 season came to a close for the Capilano University Blues women's basketball team on Saturday morning, as they fell 83-66 to the Collège Montmorency Nomades in the bronze semifinal at the CCAA Nationals hosted by Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. CapU finishes the tournament in 5/6th place, as no game is played between the teams who lose in the bronze semifinals. The winners advance to the consolation final later that day.
Montmorency came out quickly, as if making a statement after their tough loss to Humber the night before. However, their 10-2 advantage out of the gate was erased by the determined squad from Capilano, who squared it at 15 with a run of their own. MoMo was able to get the ball down low to Torres and Ibata-Pondza to take advantage of mismatches against the smaller Capilano guards, and Montmorency led at the half 26-17.
The Nomades put on a full-court press to open the second, pressuring the ball and creating offence from turnovers. The Blues called timeout to regroup. Unable to consistently get the ball inside, Capilano attempted to get back in the game with mid- and long-rang shots, but points were hard to come by. The Blues shot 11% from the three-point line, compared with the Nomades’ 33%. MoMo stretched their lead to 19 at the half, 46-27.
The Blues came out with more energy in the third, but sustained pressure from the Quebec squad prevented Capilano from making much headway in the third. When a last second 3 by Jael Kabunda from just over half dropped, the Nomades had a 66-42 lead and Capilano seemed deflated.
They weren’t. Although the Nomades stretched the lead to 29, the Blues never gave up. Sparked by outside shooting from Dela Cruz and Dosanjh, Capilano pulled within 12 with two minutes left. It was a valiant effort, but the seasoned Montmorency team controlled the game to the final buzzer, thereby earning a spot in the Bronze medal game against MSVU with an 83-67 victory.
Top scorers for MoMo were Andrea Torres and Juliette Gauthier, 12 each, Ibata-Pondza, with 8. The Blues were led by Simrat Dosanjh who made four three-pointers en route to 13 points, and fifth-year forward Carmelle M'Bikata who tallied 12 points. Francis Penafiel had 11 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists, and was named Capilano's Player of the Game. Ashley dela Cruz Yip also had nine points and nine assists in her final game with the Blues. Each of Capilano's three graduating fifth-years -- Penafiel, M'Bikata, and dela Cruz Yip -- earned Player of the Game honours at the tournament.