Mounties advance to National Semi-Final with 61-49 win over Medicine Hat!

Mounties advance to National Semi-Final with 61-49 win over Medicine Hat!

Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association
Women's Basketball 2018 National Championships

Hosted by Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
March 14-17, 2018

Game Summary: March 15, 2018

Match 3: 6:00 pm (ATL)      Mount Allison Mounties 61   Medicine Hat Rattlers 49
 
Another east-west match, this time a battle of conference champions; the ACAA's Mount Allison Mounties squaring off against the ACAC's Medicine Hat Rattlers.  An opening three from MtA on their first shot of the game brought the near-capacity crowd to its feet, and spurred an early Mounties lead.
 
While both sides had their share of chances at the offensive end, neither team could score consistently—both ended the quarter shooting just over 20%. Instead, the teams concentrated on tough defence. Point guard Courtney Henry sparked the Rattlers, who by midway through the second quarter had scratched out an 18-13 lead. Two blocks from the Mounties' Kiersten Mangold stopped Medicine Hat from gaining more ground, and energized a 12-2 MtA run and a half time lead of 25-20.
 
Offense picked up in the second half for both teams; a back and forth chess game in the third resulted in the Mounties holding onto their 5-point lead heading into the fourth. An early three from Sarah McGeachy followed quickly by a Mangold put-back pushed MtA's lead to ten. Though the Rattlers competed hard, the Mounties prevailed by a score of 61-49.
 
Leading the way for MtA was CCAA All-Canadian and ACAA player of the year Kiersten Mangold, with 20 points and 14 boards. Sarah McGeachy scored all 12 of her points in the decisive second half, and Lauren Chitty added 9. CCAA All-Canadian and ACAC player of the year Kennedy Werre led the Rattlers with 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, backed by Kendell Kuntz, Morgan Muir and Courtney Henry, with 10, 9, and 8 points, respectively.
 
Players of the Game: Kiersten Mangold, Courtney Henry.

The Mounties will now face the Dawson Blues on Friday, March 16th at 8PM in one of the two national semi-finals. The Blues defeated Capilano in overtime to advance to the semi-final game.
 
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