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Chargers women's basketball squad caps season with silver-lining finish

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Release date: March 5, 2018

The Camosun Chargers women's basketball team has thrown water on an eight-year drought by advancing to the PACWEST Provincial finals for the first time since 2010 and bringing home a silver medal!

While players and fans may have experienced a flash of disappointment when the buzzer rang in the championship final to mark the 75-70 gold medal win by the Capilano University Blues, pride quickly became the overwhelming sentiment felt by most Chargers supporters, including Camosun Athletics Coordinator Graham Matthews.

"Cait and her coaching staff have done an incredible job with the program," says Matthews. "They made a great run at the playoffs and produced the best result that our women's basketball team has had in almost a decade and we're really proud of that."

Chargers Women's Basketball Head Coach Cait Haggarty could not be more proud of the achievements the squad has made in just one year.

"Yes, it would have been nice to have been able to win the last game but there is so much for these girls to be proud of," states Coach Haggarty. "They accomplished an incredible amount this season, they become a true team, and they represented themselves, the program, and the school with such class! Having the experience of provincials is huge and I really thought they all just embraced it and lived in the moment. I could not have asked for more than that from them. They are an incredibly resilient group and every time we faced challenges throughout the season, they just acknowledged it and kept going.  It was inspiring to watch!" 

The Chargers made their way to the gold medal game by defeating the Columbia Bible College Bearcats in a decisive 73-57 win in Thursday's quarterfinal before pulling a huge 71-63 upset over the top-seeded Douglas College Royals in Friday's semi. Camosun went on to battle the Capilano University Blues in the championship final where they were edged out of a title win by just five points (75-70). Women's Results & Recaps

Player of the Game awards went to third-year guard, Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu (BSFL) and fifth-year guard, Ella Goldschmid (AD Arts) who picked up two. Goldschmid and fellow veteran player, Aija Salvador (BSFL), were named Tournament All-Stars.

The Chargers men's basketball team finished fourth overall, falling to the Langara Falcons 82-71 in the bronze medal match. Men's Results & Recaps

Player of the Game honors were awarded to third-year guard/forward Mathew Hampton (UT) , second-year forward Shaquille Maharaj (BSFL) and newcomer Matthew Nelson (Business Admin).

CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship

Watch for more Chargers action as the Camosun men’s volleyball team takes on the nation’s best at the 2018 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship, hosted by Camosun College, March 8-10.


Cait Haggarty
Head Coach, Camosun Chargers Women's Basketball

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2018 Camosun Chargers Women's Basketball team (Photo courtesy of Northfield Photography)

“They are an incredibly resilient group and every time we faced challenges throughout the season, they just acknowledged it and kept going.”

~Chargers women's basketball coach, Cait Haggarty
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