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Vikings women’s basketball prepare for OCAA Provincial Championship

2015-03-04, 10:40 AM

Having finished the regular season first overall in the OCAA East Division, and fifth overall in the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA), the Vikings women’s basketball team is once again ready to take on Ontario’s best at the OCAA Provincial Championships, taking place March 5-7 at Centennial College.

St. Lawrence received a bye directly into this year’s championships after finishing with a very successful 15-1 regular season, winning their first five games of the regular season, including a lopsided 85-48 victory in their home opener.

Off to a hot start to the season, the Vikings had to prove themselves in game six against the best team in the OCAA over the past four seasons, the Algonquin College Thunder, but lost by 24 points on the road.

The Vikings refocused after that loss with back-to-back wins to close out 2014. Two weeks later, SLC had their chance at redemption and would dominate against Algonquin, defeating them by 25 points and snapping Algonquin’s 67 OCAA game winning streak.

The girls won their next six games, finishing the regular season with a 15-1 record, maintained a perfect 8-0 record at home, and were tied for first overall in the OCAA East with Algonquin. Because the Vikings defeated the Thunder by 25 points, SLC won the tie breaker by having the higher score differential by just a single point.

St. Lawrence’s success this season cannot be directly tied to the individual success of one player, rather it has been a complete team effort this year, with balanced scoring coming from several players in each game. The result has produced impressive stats for the Vikings, currently 2nd in field goals and three-point shots made, 4th in total points, and 1st in Ontario with the fewest points per game allowed.

Entering the OCAA Championships, the Vikings have an advantage with eight players on the roster that played at the OCAA Provincial Championships last season, and seven players who played in the 2012-13 OCAA Championships with SLC. With that experience in mind, the Vikings will rely on their veteran players to keep the team focused and calm throughout the tournament.

Hosted at Centennial College, the Vikings are facing the Fanshawe College Falcons in their first game of the Championships. Fanshawe clinched a spot at the Championships after defeating Seneca College 53-41 in their Crossover game. The Falcons had a strong season that included a seven game winning streak to start the season, only losing by five points to the first place in the OCAA West, Humber College Hawks, in game eight.

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