Carleton defeats Calgary for 6th straight CIS men's basketball title
Laura Dally leads U of S to 1st women's championship
Connor Wood scored 22 points as the Carleton Ravens defeated the Calgary Dinos 101-79 on Sunday in the title game at the CIS Final 8 for their sixth straight Canadian university men's basketball title.
The fourth-year guard from Guelph, Ont., who was named tournament MVP, nailed five of Carleton's 16 three-pointers, while fifth-year guard Gavin Resch of Ottawa added all 18 of his points from beyond the arc.
The powerhouse Ravens, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed, have now won 12 of the last 14 men's basketball championships, but this season wasn't without obstacles.
Carleton head coach Dave Smart stepped away for a year's sabbatical, leaving nephew Rob Smart in charge, while star siblings Philip and Thomas Scrubb were lost to graduation after standout careers.
"A lot of people called it a rebuilding year," said Smart, a former Ravens player. "We kind of figured out halfway that our identity was a little different.
"Once we did they did an unbelievable job buying in."
Smart was in contact with his uncle throughout the season, but encouraged his staff and players to voice their opinions.
"We just had to keep an open mind," said Smart. "Don't be afraid to show how much you cared and wanted it, even if you looked a little foolish out there at times. Let the best ideas come forward.
"We have no idea game in and game out who's going to score 15 to 20 and it makes us hard to play against us if everybody's ready to contribute."
The Ravens finished the regular season 16-3, losing to the Ottawa Gee-Gees twice and the Ryerson Rams once, before falling again to Ryerson in the OUA title game last weekend.
Carleton advanced to Sunday's final at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on the campus of the University of British Columbia with a 76-66 victory over No. 6 Dalhousie on Saturday, while No. 4 Calgary upset top-ranked Ryerson 98-87 in the other semifinal.
U of S wins 1st women's title
Laura Dally had 25 points and six rebounds as the Saskatchewan Huskies beat the Ryerson Rams 85-71 to win their first Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's basketball title.
Sabine Dukate had 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals for the Huskies, while Kelsey Trulsrud and Dalyce Emmerson added 14 points each.
Emmerson was named the tournament's most valuable player.
"We were composed," she said. "Those emotions have been a factor when I have played in previous national finals, but this time, the senior girls led the way."
Dukate (4-for-7) and Dally (4-for-9) were both dangerous from three-point range.
"Winning this makes you realize how special it is in this league, and how many things have to fall into place in order to win," said Huskies coach Lisa Thomaidis, who has also coached Canada's senior women's team.
"This is different than international, where you are together for a summer or a season. This is big because we have a lot of time invested in the players, and the players have a lot invested in the program."