Women defend basketball title at national finals

Mar 06, 2003, vol. 26, no. 5



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They are champions looking to defend their top ranking.

The SFU women's basketball team is heading for the national finals in Hamilton, Ontario March 7-10 after capturing the Canada West championship for their second consecutive year on Feb. 22, with a win over fifth-ranked University of Winnipeg.

“This was a very important game for us because we have a lot of momentum heading into the nationals, and we should go in as the No. 1 seed,” says coach Bruce Langford.

The western championship win improved the team's overall record for the season to 25-3.

Last year, the Clan's first in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) produced a championship capping a perfect 35-0 season. It was the university's first national championship in basketball.

The team is hoping for a repeat performance in Hamilton.

“We are the type of players who are constantly challenging ourselves to get better and we are peaking at the right time,” says junior forward Jennifer Macleod. “We are really focused on doing the little things well.”
The Clan's two season 41-game unbeaten streak snapped in November with two losses. But the team soon bounced back.

“We are very confident in our ability and we are very comfortable with where we are right now,” says Jessica Kaczowka, who played her final home game against Winnipeg.

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