Defending PACWEST silver medalist Chargers women’s basketball team makes 2019 run for gold
Release date: February 26, 2019
With another winning season under their belt and a third-place playoff seeding, the Camosun Chargers Women’s Basketball team will make their 2019 run for gold this week at the PACWEST Provincial Basketball Championships, February 28 – March 2, hosted by Douglas College in New Westminster.
Noting a succession of both triumphs and frustrations during the regular season, the 11-7 Chargers are doing some fine tuning in preparation of the big event, but are otherwise raring to go.
“We’ve had our ups and downs this season with a few injuries but we have a great, resilient group and they will continue to push through whatever comes their way,” asserts Camosun Head Coach, Cait Haggarty. “Right now, we’re just trying to take it day by day and focus on the little things within our control so we can get a little bit better with each opportunity.”
As the third seeded team, Camosun will tip-off against the #6 Okanagan College Coyotes in Thursday’s quarterfinal. Despite defeating the Coyotes (who joined the conference this fall) in all three of their previous meetings in the regular season, the Chargers are readying themselves for an all-out battle.
“We have to be mentally and physically ready for Okanagan as they are a dynamic team who we know will come to work extremely hard,” says Coach Haggarty. “We’ve had success against them this season but Provincials is a whole different level.”
Last year, fans were ecstatic to see a re-charged Camosun women’s basketball program (under the new leadership of Coach Haggarty and Assistants, Courtenay Lowther and Niki Sundher) return to the gold medal game after an eight-year absence from the championship finals. In the end, Camosun finished with silver, falling to the Capilano University Blues by just five points.
This year, the Chargers will be looking to a number of its veteran players to lead the charge to gold. Included are fourth-year guard, Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu (13 points/game), third-year forward, Mia Roberts (11 points/game) and fifth-year player Kathryn Candell (11 points/game). In addition to her academic workload in Camosun’s Nursing program, Candell hit a record-breaking 1,055 points over her five-year career at the college (regular season), and is now the college’s new point leader for the Women’s Basketball program. Candell, along with fellow fifth-year teammate, Ashley McGinnis, are both playing their final post-secondary season and were recognized at the Chargers final home game on Friday, February 15 for their contributions to the program.
“Having Kat and Ashley on the team has been great, they both bring different qualities to the group, but they share a similar love of the game and desire to get better each day,” comments Coach Haggarty. “Kat has contributed a lot over her five years and this program would not be where it is without her. Ashley has brought a ton of fire over the past two years and will leave the program in a better place than when she arrived.”
“Hopefully, the girls will play like there is nothing to lose and they will leave it all on the court,” states Coach Haggarty. “We are going to need everyone to contribute in order for us to play at our best.”
The Chargers begin their quest for gold in this Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Thu, February 28 • 12:30pm • CAM (#3) vs OC (#6) WATCH LIVE
The winner will go on to play the Capilano Blues in Friday’s semifinal at 12:30pm.
The PACWEST Provincial Basketball Championships are hosted by Douglas College and run February 28 – March 2, in New Westminster. Find more information and follow the championship here:
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