Double-doubles cause trouble for Gaiters in playoff loss
Double-doubles by Kaylah Barrett and Tina Mpondani led the Concordia Stingers to a come-from-behind victory, 65-53, over the Bishop’s Gaiters in a Quebec university basketball semifinal at the Concordia Gym in Montreal.
The Gaiters (12-18, 12-16 CIS, 7-9 Quebec) got ten points each from Gabrielle Chamberland ( Sherbrooke, Que.), Véronique FortinTremblay (Chicoutimi, Que.) and Riley Shkimba (Kingston, Ont.). Catherine Bélanger-pâquet (Quebec City, Que.) had a teamhigh eight rebounds, along with eight points.
Bishop’s got off to a dream start, as they used three straight three-pointers at the end of the first quarter to take a 24-7 lead. The Gaiters led by as many as 18 points, as Bélanger-pâquet made the score 26-8 with 8:41 left in the second, and it seemed that the visitors were headed to their first league final in five years.
Then it all went horribly wrong.
Concordia started their comeback with a 6-0 run that cut the lead to 12 points, and they continued to chip away at the lead throughout the second quarter. A layup by Sergina Estimé on the stroke of halftime brought the Stingers to within four, as the Gaiters led 31-27 at the interval. Concordia continued to surge in the third quarter, and Mpondani put the Stingers up 33-31 with 8:25 left. By the end of the quarter, the Stingers led 48-40.
With fifth-year guards Jessy Roy (Val d’or, Que.) and Annick Stephanny Charles (Laval, Que.) out of the game due to foul trouble, the Gaiters were unable to mount a fourthquarter comeback. The Gaiters cut the margin to 51-44 with 6:35 left, but could draw no closer.
Roy finished with nine points, six rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. She finishes her Bishop’s career with overall totals of 1,111 points, 512 rebounds and 426 assists in 126 games. Charles was held off the scoreboard and had one rebound in her final game.
The loss brings an end to the Gaiters’ 2011-12 season. Concordia advances to play top-seeded Mcgill in the conference championship on Friday at 7 p.m. Friday’s winner will advance to the CIS Final 8 in Calgary, while the loser heads to the West Regional in Saskatoon.