The Mount Allison Mounties will play their final home basketball game of the year this Saturday, February 23rd when they host St. Thomas at 2PM. On the line will be 2nd place in the ACAA women's basketball standings and a bye to the semi-finals at the 2019 ACAA Championships to be played at Crandall University from March 1st-3rd.
At the conclusion of Saturday's game the Mounties will celebrate six graduating seniors. Kiersten Mangold (Peterborough, ON), Kathleen Morrison (Halifax, NS), Lauren MacEachern (Amherst, NS), Lauren Chitty (Amherst, NS), Katherine Ollerhead (Wood Point, NB), Lauren Wentzell (Middleton, NS), will all play their final home game with the Mounties on the weekend.
The graduating Mounties were all part of a Mounties team that pulled off a dramatic 2nd half comeback over MSVU to claim the 2018 ACAA Championship in Truro last March. The Mounties stormed back from 17 points down in the 3rd quarter to eventually win the championship game in overtime. The Mounties then hosted the 2018 CCAA Women's Basketball Championship just two weeks later for the first time in school history. The Mounties advanced to the national semi-final before eventually losing to Dawson College.
Among the graduating seniors, Kiersten Mangold was named the 2018 ACAA women's basketball MVP and ACAA Defensive Player of the Year. She was also a CCAA All-Canadian in 2017-2018 and she has twice been named Mount Allison's Female Athlete of the Year. Lauren MacEachern has represented the Mounties twice at CCAA Nationals, the first time during her rookie season in 2014-2015 and again last spring. Katherine Ollerhead was a two sport athlete for the Mounties having played both soccer and basketball during her four years with the Mounties. Lauren Wentzell played women's volleyball for the Mounties before switching to basketball before the 2017-2018 season. Lauren Chitty and Kathleen Morrison were both big parts of last year's run to nationals.