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Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team brings home PACWEST bronze

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Release date: March 4, 2019

Recaps courtesy Eric Thompson, Douglas College

The Camosun Chargers endured a huge Falcons push to come away from the 2018-19 PACWEST Women’s Basketball Championship with a medal for the second year in a row, winning their first-ever bronze.

Women’s Quarterfinal Recap | Thursday, February 28

Chargers win opener
CAMOSUN CHARGERS 75, OKANAGAN COYOTES 50

The Camosun Chargers put together an impeccable performance to knock out the Okanagan College Coyotes and set up a semifinal date with the Capilano Blues for Friday at 12:30 PM.

The Coyotes played well on both sides of the ball, but the Chargers were able to wriggle out of the tight Okanagan defence with some quick ball movement. Okanagan held their only lead at 2-0, but Camosun went on a 13-2 run to open up a daunting lead as Chargers Player of the Match Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu finished the opening quarter with nine points.  The Chargers were just as impressive in the second quarter, finishing the half with an 18-point lead over the Coyotes.

Okanagan had a better performance in the third quarter, making a couple threes and limiting the Chargers to 12 points, and came flying out of the gates to start the final quarter of play. Camosun took a timeout two minutes in after the Coyotes started the fourth quarter on a 9-3 run, but the Chargers responded with an 8-3 run of their own out of the timeout and quickly regained control of the game. The Chargers came away with a 75-50 win.

The Coyotes Player of the Match was Megan Admussen-Blair, who finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Lannon-Paakspuu had 12 points and 6 rebounds for the Chargers.

Following the game Ryan Watters talked with Chargers head coach Cait Haggarty [listen on SoundCloud].


Women’s Semifinal Recap | Friday, March 1

Chargers win opener
CAPILANO BLUES 84, CAMOSUN CHARGERS 64

An incredible start for the Capilano Blues made all the difference in the first PACWEST Women’s Basketball Championship semifinal as they defeated the Camosun Chargers on Friday afternoon.

Mackenzie Smith scored six straight points to open the match as the Blues started the game on an 8-0 run. The Chargers made a few baskets and a free throw to get themselves back in it, but already leading by ten, Capilano went on a 10-0 run to end the quarter with a 26-6 lead.

After a rough first quarter, the Chargers rebounded well in the second. The Camosun defense was shaky at best through the first ten minutes, but was much more effective as the second quarter progressed, conceding a few early baskets but holding the Chargers to just 13 points in the quarter. Camosun improved dramatically on offense as well - Jasmine de Vries scored six points as the Chargers more than doubled their offensive output from the opening quarter.

Camosun played another excellent quarter coming out of halftime, putting up 24 points. Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu, Camosun’s Player of the Game, made two quick layups to cut the lead to 15. The Blues rebounded, but Lannon-Paakspuu hit two free throws in the dying seconds of the quarter to cut the lead to 17.

The Chargers were able to cut the lead to 12 points with 5 minutes remaining, and a hush fell over the crowd in anticipation of a possible repeat of the improbable comeback the Camosun men’s team made to win their quarterfinal game against the Langara Falcons on Thursday night, but this time Capilano was able to lock down the Chargers defensively in the final minutes and hit their own shots, holding on for an 84-64 win. Sherrie Errico, Capilano’s Player of the Game, hit an improbable circus shot with a minute left on the clock to seal the win for the Blues, as she finished just shy of a triple double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.

Capilano advances to Saturday’s gold medal match while Camosun moves on to battle for bronze.


Women’s Bronze Medal Game | Saturday, March 2

Chargers win first ever bronze
CAMOSUN CHARGERS 66, LANGARA FALCONS 57

The Camosun Chargers endured a huge Falcons push to come away from the 2018-19 PACWEST Women’s Basketball Championship with a medal for the second year in a row, winning their first-ever bronze.

A Kathryn Candell three opened the scoring for the Chargers, and before long Camosun had a 7-0 lead. However, Jules Duong was able to swing the momentum in favour of the Falcons with an and-1 layup as Langara finished the quarter on a 10-3 run to tie the game.

Alexa Leynes hit a huge three-point shot coming out of the break to set the tone for the Falcons, who would go ahead 32-24 at the half after finishing the quarter with 22 points. The second quarter was a far cry from Langara’s play in Friday’s semifinal match, where an injured Falcons team reduced to just three players failed to score in double digits in all of the final three quarters.

In the third quarter, the Falcons were forced to relive memories of Thursday’s game, as they managed just 7 points and made just one basket while the Chargers exploded for 24 points. Eight of those 24 came from Camosun’s Player of the Game Kathryn Candell, who had 25 points in the game and went 6-18 from beyond the arc.

Langara fared better in the fourth quarter, breaking even with the Chargers, but the damage had been done as the Chargers came away with a 66-57 win and the PACWEST bronze.

Renai Fajo was named Langara’s Player of the Game, finishing with 15 points and 4 rebounds.

Player of the Game photos courtesy Camosun Chargers Athletics

2019 PACWEST CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

Championship Medalists

Gold VIU Mariners
Silver Capilano Blues
Bronze Camosun College Chargers

Championship All-Stars

Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu Camosun Chargers
Reiko Ohama Capilano Blues
Sherrie Errico Capilano Blues
Shayce Johnston VIU Mariners

Championship MVP

Amber Lease VIU Mariners

Contact

Cait Haggarty
Head Coach, Camosun Chargers Women's Basketball
caithaggarty@gmail.com • 778-321-4441

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The Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team finish as the 2019 PACWEST bronze medalists after defeating Langara College, 66-57.

The Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team finish as the 2019 PACWEST bronze medalists after defeating Langara College, 66-57. (Photo courtesy Douglas College)

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