Quebec For the third time in history, a Quebec team has won the Canadian Women’s Basketball Championship. But it is not the PEPS that will hoist the national banner, as the girls of the Rouge et Or fell 66-55 against the McGill Martlets on Sunday in Victoria.
The Rouge et Or took part in the final match for the second time in its existence. And as in 2002, the silver medal awaited him at the detour.
“Right now, we find it hard and it’s normal. But in hindsight, girls will be proud of what they have done. I told them that there were not many medalists from Quebec in 20 years. It’s a great achievement, but as long as we were there, we wanted to do better, “said head coach Guillaume Giroux.
There was not much time between the end of the match and his phone call. A few minutes earlier, the Rouge et Or had not been able to complete a return that had allowed him to approach a point (41-42) of the opponent at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
“We were dominated 52 to 32 rebounds and our percentage at the throws was not high enough to beat such a good team. McGill knew us a little more and knew how to prevent us from doing so. It is always easier to impose his rhythm with a player six feet and four inches. We could not grow, “he said.
Giroux spoke of Alex Kiss-Rusk, who scored 15 points and recovered 20 rebounds. She did not steal her title as the ultimate player in the game and the Canadian Championship.
“She was dominant under the basket on both sides of the pitch. We had to give him a lot of attention. We managed to bring it back to a point after three quarters, but we could not take the lead and defensively, it became difficult. ”
At 42-41 McGill, all hopes were allowed. But the Martlets scored six consecutive points at the start of the fourth quarter to take a tough blow to the Rouge et Or. The defeat was hurting, but the Rouge et Or head coach believed the final was a positive one. “Without saying that the West and Ontario looked down on us, our conference earned a lot of respect in this Canadian Championship.”
This silver-colored lapse meant the end of the academic career for Gabrielle Girard and Justine Guay Bilodeau, who played their last game.
“They were very emotional, but they can leave their heads high without regret,” said the one who will bet on a competitive roster next season.
With 13 points, Jane Gagné was the player of the match for the Rouge et Or. Guay-Bilodeau scored 10 points. Gagné was named to the tournament’s all-star team, as were Kiss-Rusk and Frédérique Potvin, both of McGill.
First favorites of the championship, the Carleton Ravens defeated Queen’s 53-43 for the bronze medal.