Katie Miyazaki

Katie Miyazaki drives to the basket during the Clan’s 77-56 Bronze Baby win over the Windsor Lancers March 14 at the 2010 CIS Women’s Basketball Championships in Hamilton. Photo by: Kaz Novak, Canadian Press

Bye bye baby

March 25, 2010

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It was their final Bronze Baby victory before leaving Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II league next year, but the SFU Clan women’s basketball team went out in style.

The Clan came from behind to soundly defeat the Windsor Lancers 77-56 at McMaster University in Hamilton March 14, winning its second straight national championship and fifth title since joining the CIS in 2001.

Windsor got off to a quick 8-2 lead, and then 15-6. But the Clan put on a 20-3 run in the second quarter, and by halftime it was SFU 39-27. At the end of the third quarter, SFU was up 57-41.

Robyn Buna, CIS player of the year and tournament MVP, led the Clan with 17 points along with two steals and an assist. Laurelle Weigl added 16 points and was named game MVP. Kate Hole scored 11 points and seven rebounds, and was made a tournament all-star.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe picked off 10 rebounds, while Matteke Hutzler and Katie Miyazaki grabbed seven apiece.

"It was the best way to finish my career," says Buna, one of seven Clan players on this year’s roster to win a third championship ring. Weigl, Hutzler, Hole, Lisa Tindle, Brea McLaughlin and Kelsey Horsting also became three-time champions.

Now it’s off to the NCAA next season for the Clan and head coach Bruce Langford—but Buna, Hole, Hutzler, Weigl, McLaughlin and Tindle all leave the Clan.

"I think we were all playing a little tight. We were apprehensive, it’s the national final," recalls Buna.

"But 10 years from now, I won’t think about whether or not we won but how hard we worked together to accomplish this goal."

Adds Hole: "I’ve had four excellent years with these ladies, and I’m going to miss them terribly." Clan video recap at.sfu.cwa/ZolIoK.


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