(FREDERICTON, NB) It wasn’t the first quarter Jon Kreiner had hoped for.
“They came ready to play, and whoever comes ready to play is usually going to win that 10AM game,” said the Lakehead University Thunderwolves head coach.
The Bishop’s University Gaiters beat Kreiner’s Thunderwolves 72-53, in the final game for both teams at the University of New Brunswick’s annual Helen Campbell Tournament.
Maeva Dinalle(Paris, FRA) scored a game high 15 points to lead the Gaiters.
Daron Mainville(Moose Lake, MN), coming off the bench, led Lakehead with 13.
“We usually play well in the 10AM game,” said Kreiner. “We were on our heels too much here. Bishop’s did a really good job of attacking us.”
The Gaiters raced out to a 10-0 before the game was 90 second old, forcing Lakehead to call an early time out.
Kreiner spent another time out at the five minute mark, before the Thunderwolves were able to adjust. But, by that point, Bishop’s was rolling.
“He made a great adjustment,” said Gaiters head coach Craig Norman, who feels the final score doesn’t reflect the game “We struggled, we hung on, we hung on in that game. It was not indicative of the final score, we struggled and they did a great job of disrupting us on the offensive end.”
Bishop’s went 3-0 to win the Campbell Tournament title.
“It exceeds our goals and expectations for this tournament,” said Norman. “We were hoping to come in here and come back a better team, and maybe win a game or two, so we’re thrilled.”
After a win over Dalhousie on Friday, Lakehead went 0-2, finishing 1-2.
Kreiner says Sunday’s outcome hinges on one quarter of play.
“We fought back a bit, made it a bit of a game, but ultimately, that first quarter cost us.”
The Gaiters’ Edith Noblecilla(Guayaquil, ECU) and Ashley Milhomme(Repentigny, QC) were named tournament all stars, along with Lakehead’s Jerika Baldin(Brantford, ON).
Noblecilla was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.