U Sports Women’s Basketball Starting Five: Nov. 12-18, 2018

Mongomo, Maria
Maria Mongomo (#12) and the UNBC Timberwolves moved into the U Sports Top 10 rankings for the first time in school history on November 20th, 2018 after they improved their record to 6-0. (Source: UNBC) (Header: Guelph Gryphons Athletics)

SARNIA, Ontario — What a week it was across the U Sports women’s basketball landscape.

In Ontario, the defending national champions saw their lengthy win streak come to an end. The Carleton Ravens dropped their first regular season game since their opener of the 2016-17 season, and it was their first loss since their semi-finals loss to the McGill Martlets in the 2017 U Sports National Championship tournament.

Out on the West Coast, the undefeated UNBC Timberwolves pushed their record to 6-0. As a result, they were ranked 10th in the latest Top 10 rankings put out by U Sports, marking the first time in school history that the Timberwolves were ranked inside the top 10 in women’s basketball.

In Quebec, the top-ranked Laval Rouge et Or extended their winning streak with a win over the Bishop’s Gaiters in their lone contest of the week. Then, on the East Coast, a split was earned between the Memorial Sea-hawks and Acadia Axewomen, two of the top teams in the AUS this season.

It was an impressive week for several teams across the country, but it was also an impressive week for plenty of players in terms of individual stat lines. Player of the Year candidates strengthened their case by posting some big numbers, while others came out of nowhere to carry their teams over the course of the week.

Across the country, five players from each conference stood out among their fellow competitors, and those student-athletes make up this week’s edition of the Starting Five.

Starting Five – Nov. 12-18, 2018

OUA

Melissa Tatti – Brock Badgers

22 points, 2 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 steals in 74-50 win vs. Toronto
22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals in 81-55 loss vs. Ryerson

Karina Cole – Algoma Thunderbirds

16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals in 63-50 win vs. Laurentian
18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals in 74-59 win vs. Nipissing

Emily Tinnes – Laurentian Voyageurs

17 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 63-50 loss at Algoma
15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 67-59 win at Guelph

Burke Bechard – Guelph Gryphons

21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in 75-65 win vs. Nipissing
18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals in 67-59 loss vs. Laurentian

Leashja Grant – Lakehead Thunderwolves

10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal in 83-55 loss at Ottawa
30 points, 24 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block in 56-52 win at Carleton


Canada West

Jordan Korol – UBC Okanagan Heat

26 points, 18 rebounds, 2 steals in 73-62 loss at Mount Royal
24 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks in 78-76 loss at Mount Royal

Maria Mongomo – UNBC Timberwolves

17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 78-77 win vs. Trinity Western
29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals in 83-54 win vs. Trinity Western

Kyanna Giles – Regina Cougars

31 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 91-75 win vs. Manitoba
22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals in 83-60 win vs. Manitoba

Emma Kary – Alberta Pandas

14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 68-62 win vs. Lethbridge
20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in 68-59 win vs. Lethbridge

Maddison Penn – UBC Thunderbirds

21 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block in 73-61 loss vs. Thompson Rivers
17 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 block in 78-43 win vs. Thompson Rivers


AUS

Arianna Macias – Saint Mary’s Huskies

16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks in 65-57 loss at UPEI
12 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 57-53 loss at UPEI

Sydney Stewart – Memorial Sea-hawks

35 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 1 block in 88-74 win vs. Acadia
19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks in 97-70 loss vs. Acadia

Hannah Brown – Cape Breton Capers

23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal in 79-74 win vs. New Brunswick
31 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in 78-67 win vs. New Brunswick

Haley McDonald – Acadia Axewomen

23 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 88-74 loss at Memorial
31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 97-70 win at Memorial

Mikaela Dodig – New Brunswick Reds

14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists in 79-74 loss at Cape Breton
24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in 78-67 loss at Cape Breton


RSEQ

Marie Berrouette – Bishop’s Gaiters

11 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals in 67-44 loss at McGill
4 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in 68-38 loss vs. Laval

Sirah Diarra – McGill Martlets

20 points, 23 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks in 67-44 win vs. Bishop’s

Veronique Boivin – UQAM Citadins

19 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in 64-60 loss vs. Concordia

Claudia Emond – Laval Rouge et Or

8 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal in 68-38 win at Bishop’s

Myrian Leclerc – Concordia Stingers

18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals in 64-60 win at UQAM

– T. Bennett

3 thoughts on “U Sports Women’s Basketball Starting Five: Nov. 12-18, 2018

  1. It strikes me that once again Marianne Alarie (Queen’s) was ignored from your starting five listing; this past weekend she scored 48 pts in her 2 games in only 38 minutes of playing time and short for more than 50%

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    1. No disrespect was meant to Marianne Alarie, and she definitely was not ignored as the Starting Five was considered for this week. She was on the list of candidates and was actually the last one left off the list of five, and it was due to some more balanced stat lines across the conference.

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