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Hope Shines in Women’s Hoops Semi

IMG_5472Kathleen Klippenstein dropped 14 points for the CMU women’s basketball team but it wasn’t enough to stop the defending champions and tournament top-seed Red River Rebels in Friday afternoon’s 2013 MCAC Championship Semi-Final at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. The 6’2 first-year post was recognized with an all-conference selection before the start of the game and followed it with a 40-minute, 12 rebound and 1 blocked shot on 7-for-13 shooting – truly an all-star performance.

The teams traded early baskets to start the semi-final, but late in the quarter Celecia Luckwell and Abby Silva pulled the Rebels into a lead that they would never surrender. Luckwell finished with a game-high 17 points while Silva, selected as the Conference’s Most Valuable Player, netted 16 to lead Red River into Saturday’s Championship against the winner of Friday evening’s semi-final between University of Winnipeg and Providence.

Every once in a while in sport as in life, a moral victory is a bigger accomplishment than a lost game. Today’s semi-final may have been that moral victory for the young, inexperienced Blazers. The third-quarter highlighted the improvement that has been undertaken in the CMU women’s basketball team since January. Head coach Janelle Hume motivated the Blazers to a third-quarter win, when Klippenstein and semi-final Player of the Game Laura Tait, led CMU to an 11-10 win. Tait finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds and showed the heart of a leader on the offensive and defensive end of the court, particularly in the third period.

IMG_5444The game ended with a score of 83-49, allowing the Rebels a pass into Saturday’s Women’s Final, but the offensive output from the Blazers and the commitment on the defensive end, especially in the third, was something to be celebrated and a tremendous victory in a season-ending loss. The 49-point output was the second-highest offensive performance of the season, tracing back to November 7th when CMU scored 50 on the College Wesmen, also in the friendly confines of the Duckworth Centre.

The CMU men will see semi-final action later tonight, when they tip-off with the host and #3 ranked University of Winnipeg College Wesmen at 8pm. Admission is free for students while adult admission is available at the gate for $5.

 

 

 

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