Disappointing finish for Algoma U ThunderbirdsSaturday, March 02, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Algoma Thunderbirds out of Championships
Thunderbirds lose their last game in the OCAA
SAULT STE. MARIE - The Algoma University Women’s Thunderbird Basketball team battled hard this morning in the bronze medal semi-final game against the St. Lawrence College Vikings, but suffered a 48-44 loss in what would be their last game in the OCAA.
The women head home from the tournament without a medal, in what can only be described as a disappointing finish to a great season for the Thunderbirds.
With CCAA All-Canadian guard Corina Bruni watching from the bench after going down with a knee injury in the tournament semi-final loss last night to the Algonquin Thunder, the Thunderbird guards had difficulty pushing the ball up the floor all game.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair, but the Vikings pulled away at the end of the half to go up 27-20 at the break.
The Thunderbirds came out slow to start the second half, and looked to be out of the game in the third quarter as the Vikings increased the deficit to 12, but Algoma battled back, pulling even by midway through the fourth quarter.
The teams traded the lead after that, but the Vikings stifling full-court press and high traps rendered Algoma’s offence neutral down the stretch, and resulted in the loss.
Anna Stilin was the Player of the Game for the Thunderbirds, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
The Vikings move on to take on the winner of the other Bronze medal semi-final between the Seneca Sting and the Humber Hawks.
The bronze medal game was played at 4 p.m. today.
The Gold medal game will pit the undefeated East division champion Algonquin Thunder against the Fanshawe Falcons, who finished the regular season tied with Algoma for first place in the West.
The Gold medal match goes at 6:30 p.m. tonight.
For more information on the OCAA Championships, please visit here.
All games will be streamed live here.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.
Pictured: Anna Stilin, player of the game for Algoma, dribbles past a St. Lawrence College defender in Saturday morning's loss.
Photo by Jessica Raymond, student photographer, Humber College