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The Clan celebrate after defeating the Alberta Pandas 72-68 in one of the closest women's basketball finals in league history.

The Clan celebrate after defeating the Alberta Pandas 72-68 in one of the closest women's basketball finals in league history.

Fearsome foursome lead Clan to basketball gold

March 22, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU is holding a rally March 28 to celebrate the Clan women's basketball team's 72-68 victory over the Alberta Pandas-and yet another gold medal-at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship March 11 at Newfoundland's Memorial University.

The rally, which will also celebrate the four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national champion women's cross-country team, is at 12:30 pm in the new, west gymnasium.

Rookie Laurelle Weigl dominated the court, leading the Clan to its second Bronze Baby in three years and their third in six years.

Weigl and the rest of the Clan's freshman fearsome foursome-Kate Hole, Robyn Buna and Matteke Hutzler—were unstoppable, playing like veterans in one of the most closely contested finals in CIS history. Weigl was named most valuable player.

"What makes this especially noteworthy is this is a very young team with almost half the players being first-year student-athletes," says recreation and athletics director Wilf Wedmann. "And even more impressively, this is also our top academic team with a grade-point average around 3.5".

B.C. women's basketball teams have now claimed the last six CIS banners and eight of the last 10, including triumphs in 2004-05 and 2001-02 by the Clan, which joined CIS in 2000-01. The Bronze Baby trophy also stays in Canada West for the 16th consecutive season. 

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