Hurricanes women to play for gold

Jason Malloy
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The Holland College Hurricanes women’s basketball team is in unchartered waters.

They will play for gold tonight in Windsor, Ont., at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women’s basketball championship.

“We’re right where we want to be and these kids really believe,” head coach Mike Connolly said after the game. “And a team is very dangerous when they’re this confident going into the final game.”

They play the Humber Hawks at 9:30 p.m. Atlantic for the gold medal.

“We’re so happy to be here,” Connolly said, but “we’ve got one more step” to take.

The Hurricanes best result at the tournament before this season was a third-place finish in 2015.

The Hurricanes defeated the top-ranked Dynamiques de Sainte Foy 79-64 in Friday’s semifinal.

Holland College led 19-8 after the first quarter and 34-28 at the half. They opened up the lead by outscoring Sainte Foy 25-8 in the third.

The Hurricanes were in early foul trouble and had to go deeper in its bench than normally it would have. It got big contributions, Connolly said, from Milcania Diaz-Rojas, Candace Smith, Taylor Meek and Maria Walsh.

“They all stepped up and played well,” he said.

The Hurricanes received 26 points from its bench players.

Ashley Moss was the Hurricanes player of the game with eight points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals.

Jazlin Barker had 15 points, six assists and four rebounds while Jenea Barrett scored 14, dished out seven dimes, hauled in five rebounds, blocked two shots and had a steal.

Candace Smith, Diaz-Rojas and Marvia Dean each scored 12 while Dean added 14 rebounds.

The Hurricanes shot 45 per cent on its three-point attempts.

Connolly said it’s a total team effort and he couldn’t be prouder of his team.

The Hurricanes knocked off Montmorency, the three-time defending champs, in Thursday’s quarter-final. Montmorency and Sainte Foy are the Quebec conference representatives at this year’s tournament. The conference has won the national title since 2006.

“We’ve had a theme from the start of the season that this is our time,” he said.

Organizations: Holland College, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association

Geographic location: Windsor, Quebec, Fort McMurray

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