Clan reign victorious

March 24, 2005, vol. 32, no. 6
By Marianne Meadahl

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The SFU Clan women's basketball team's season-long winning streak of 38 games culminated March 13 with a national championship.

The Clan beat the Winnipeg Wesmen 70-60 in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) gold medal game in Winnipeg.

SFU had a strong lead early in the second half, but with two minutes left in the game Winnipeg narrowed the gap to only two points.

It's the second national title for the Clan women. The team also won the top honour in 2002.

The team lost only two games this season, both exhibition games to the University of Texas, and won every game played against a Canadian team.

Clan senior captain Dani Langford was named player of the game and tournament MVP. Earlier, her father, coach Bruce Langford, was named CIS coach of the year.

In his four seasons with the Clan, Langford has tallied a 118-19 record, including a pair of 20-0 perfect seasons, four appearances at the nationals and the 2002 title.

“The win was sweeter than 2002 because many of these kids have lived in the shadow (of the previous winning team) and now they have achieved this on their own,” says Langford.

“It's sweeter for me as a coach because it is more my team, and as a dad, because my daughter played very well and ended a very good career here at SFU.”

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