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Women’s Basketball Chasing A Championship On Home Court

It has been half a decade since the letters C-M-U were etched on the MCAC Women's Basketball Championship trophy. In 2010, the last time the Loewen Athletic Centre hosted the conference's basketball showcase event, the Blazers claimed the top prize on home court.

The members of the current team, who last weekend completed a regular season that produced a record of 9 wins in 15 conference competitions, believe that the friendly confines of the Loewen Athletic Centre could give the Blazers the advantage they need to be victorious at home.

"I think there is definitely an advantage to playing in your home gym," said first-year guard Tiara Licsi, "being able to get prepared in your home team room and shoot on your home baskets – it will give us a level of comfort that should help us play well. Obviously having a crowd that is pushing us to win is a plus too."

In Saturday's first women's semifinal, the Blazers will tip-off with the third-ranked Providence Pilots who coincidentally ended CMU's playoff push last season in Otterburne in the conference semis. This regular season the Blazers and Pilots have been so evenly matched that two of their five meetings have required overtime to determine a winner, with CMU winning the season series 3-2 thanks to their largest win this year over the Pilots; a 13 point victory two weeks ago.

Saturday's other women's semifinal, to be played at 4 pm, will see the three-time defending champions and top-seeded Red River Rebels battle the University of Winnipeg, who are making their return to MCAC play after a one year absence.

CMU's Women's Semifinal will tip-off against Providence at noon on Saturday afternoon, followed by a men's semifinal at 2 pm that will feature the Blazer men and the top-ranked Red River Rebels.

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