The Algonquin Thunder of Ottawa showed why they are undefeated this season, as they scored a convincing 76-65 victory over the host Mohawk Mountaineers in the gold medal game of the 2014 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Championship on Saturday (March 1).
The tone was set early, as Mohawk managed only one field goal in the first quarter and trailed 17-8. A poor start was nothing new for Mohawk during the OCAA regular season, but the Thunder would not allow the Mountaineers to make one of their patented comebacks this time.
When Mohawk started scoring in the second quarter, Algonquin matched or bettered them almost every time. The Thunder led by 20 late in the second quarter and went to the halftime break ahead 46-29.
Algonquin continued their commanding play in the third quarter, at one point getting the lead up to 26 points and finishing the quarter ahead 64-41.
Mohawk played with a lot of pride and outscored the Thunder 24-12 in the final period, but the Ottawa team managed to complete its 11-point win.
Sandre Bascoe (Ottawa) led Algonquin with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Jesa Rada (Ottawa) had 10 points and Jessica Basquin (Ottawa) had eight points and seven boards.
For Mohawk, Rachelle Abella (Hamilton) led all scorers with 16 points. Lacey Wolters (Kingsville) scored 12 points and added 10 rebounds while Stef Hrymak (Hamilton) contributed 11 points.
The victory for Algonquin is the Thunder’s sixth OCAA women’s basketball gold medal, and an OCAA record fourth straight. Mohawk, hoping for a seventh title, had to settle for a silver medal.
Bascoe of Algonquin was selected the championship most valuable player.
A fourth quarter comeback has the St. Clair Saints leaving Hamilton with a bronze medal around their necks after defeating the St. Lawrence Vikings 59-57 in finish that came down to the final seconds.
OCAA Tournament MVP
Sandre Bascoe, Algonquin
OCAA Tournament All-Stars
Jen Abella, Mohawk
Rachelle Abella, Mohawk
Kim Cupid, Algonquin
Shannon Kennedy, St. Clair
Lacey Knox, St. Lawrence-K
OCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Thursday, Feb. 27
Game 1 – St. Clair 64, St. Lawrence-K 61
Game 2 – Algonquin 73, Fanshawe 43
Game 3 – Mohawk 64, Durham 50
Game 4 – Humber 67, Sheridan 55
Friday, Feb. 28
Game 5 – St. Lawrence-K 59, Fanshawe 51
Game 6 – Sheridan 69, Durham 61
Game 7 – Algonquin 76, St. Clair 47
Game 8 – Mohawk 65, Humber 43
Saturday, March 1
Game 9 – St. Clair 76, Sheridan 46
Game 10 – St. Lawrence-K 55, Humber 49
Bronze Medal Match
Game 11 – St. Clair 59, St. Lawrence-K 57
Gold Medal Match
Game 12 – Algonquin 76, Mohawk 65