© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
Lisa Edwards takes a shot during practice Tuesday at Holland College.
Holland College team to play at ACAA basketball championships in N.S.
The Holland College Hurricanes women’s basketball team is a win away from qualifying for the nationals.
The Hurricanes earned a first-round bye in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) championships with a 19-2 regular season record, good for second in the conference and their best season in team history.
“We’re pretty excited about the possibility of advancing to nationals,” coach Mike Connolly said. “We’re quite hopeful we can get there and have that experience.”
The team is coming off handing the top-ranked St. Thomas Tommies their first loss after winning 98 straight games last Saturday.
“Those guys have our number, and everybody else’s number for that matter, for a long, long time,” Connolly said. “To be able to climb that mountain and get to the other side of it is, psychologically, a real big break for us.”
The Hurricanes’ semifinal opponent on Saturday will be the highest seed to win in today’s quarter-finals. The ACAA has two bids to this year’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship this season, March 11 to 16 at Champlain College Saint-Lambert in Saint-Lambert, Que., meaning a berth in the ACAA final guarantees a spot at nationals.
The Tommies went from the second-ranked team in the country to fifth in this week’s rankings while the Hurricanes jumped from 10 to six. They are the only ACAA teams in the top 15.
Jenea Barrett joined the Hurricanes on her birthday, Jan. 3, and leads the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game.
“I’m proud of the girls,” she said. “The girls play with a lot of heart this weekend. It’s really exciting seeing where we are as a team and our potential. I think we can do great things.”
One of four Toronto natives on the team, Barrett said it will be key to remain focused and positive when adversity comes during the tournament.
“These girls have really made a commitment to sticking together,” Connolly added. “Our theme is play hard and stick together.”
A look at the Holland College Hurricanes leading scorers:
Jenea Barrett 15
Steph Hiltz 13
Ashley Moss 12.3
Jazlin Barker 11.9
Did you know? - Moss leads the country in rebounds with 239.
Source – http://www.ccaa.ca