Falcons Repeat OCAA Champs, Wright MVP

Falcons Win Back-to-Back OCAA Championships
Wright named MVP as Fanshawe defeats host St. Clair 93-80 to claim gold medal

Story & Photos: Fanshawe Falcons

The No. 4 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Women’s Basketball team (21-1, 2nd in West) repeated as OCAA provincial champions on Sunday evening with a 93-80 victory over St. Clair (16-5, 3rd in West) in Windsor.

St. Clair used their home crowd to propel them to a strong start to the game, going up 20-8 on hot shooting from beyond the arc. Fanshawe kept the game within reach with layups from local fifth-years Natalie Warren and Mikhaila Wright. The high-scoring first quarter ended with the Falcons trailing by a score of 28-20. The Saints extended their lead in the second quarter, shooting lights out from long range. Fanshawe’s Chuot Angou (London, ON) was also on fire in the second frame hitting three triples of her own. At the break, the Falcons were down 52-42.

Fanshawe came out hungry in the third quarter, stepping up their defense and holding St. Clair to only six points on 4.8% shooting. Wright had 15 points in the frame on 5/7 from the field and 4/4 from the charity stripe. A huge 3-pointer from rookie Ashleigh LaBlance (Wallaceburg, ON) gave the Falcons momentum as they would turn their 10 point half time deficit into a 10 point lead going into the final quarter, 68-58.

Mikhaila Wright

A strong drive to the rim from second-year guard Jessica Jordan (Chatham, ON) resulted in made free throws to open the fourth frame for the Birds. Despite St. Clair’s best efforts to claw back into the game, the Falcons had huge hustle plays by Wright and Warren to maintain possessions. With the Saints having to foul, Fanshawe shot 81% from the free throw line to secure the victory. Wright and Angou were outstanding for the red and white, each notching 30 points in the win. As a team, the Falcons shot an impressive 47% from the field.

Angou was named player of the game and a Tournament All-Star along with Warren. Wright was named the Tournament MVP for her outstanding performance throughout the weekend, averaging 26.3 points per game on 55% shooting.

The Falcons now advance to the CCAA National Championships from March 18-21 in Nanaimo, BC.

Fanshawe Women’s Basketball to Face No. 1 Dawson in CCAA Quarterfinal Game

The OCAA Champion and No. 4 nationally ranked Fanshawe Women’s Basketball team (21-1) will travel to Nanaimo, British Columbia for the CCAA National Championship tournament from March 18-21. The National Championship will be hosted by No. 2 Vancouver Island University. In the quarterfinal, the Falcons will face No. 1 Dawson at 6 p.m.

The Falcons repeated as OCAA Champions last weekend, as they won 93-80 over host No. 13 St. Clair in the provincial final. They are led by local dynamic duo Chuot Angou, who is a two-time OCAA Player of the Year and Mikhaila Wright who was named the Tournament MVP as well as the OCAA West Defensive Player of the Year. The pair averaged a combined 51 points per game in the three-day provincial championship weekend.

The Dawson Blues have been ranked No. 1 in the country for the past three weeks. The 2019 CCAA bronze medalists were upset in their conference (RSEQ) final by No. 6 Sainte Foy 64-57. Dawson had a RSEQ-best 15-1 record. Dawson is led by Mackenzie Ash-Smith and Taisha Exanor, who averaged 19.6 and 16.5 points per game in the regular season.

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