ConU basketball’s drive for glory

Much will loom in the balance this Wednesday when the Concordia women’s basketball team faces the Laval Rouge et Or in Quebec City for their sudden-death semi-final match.

All season the Stingers were contending for the province’s top position. Laval, however was the team that stood in their way every time they looked to get that extra boost.

Concordia finished with a record of 10-6, two games behind Bishop’s and Laval, who each finished tied with 12-4 records. Four of those losses came courtesy of the Rouge et Or.

Led by captains Maria-Jose Raposo and Pascale Morin, the Stingers never lost by more than nine points, their other two losses would come at the hands of the Bishop’s Gaiters who they were victorious against in their final meeting of the year.

“We’re looking forward to the game,” Coach Keith Pruden said of the women’s game on Wednesday. Although they enjoyed more success against Bishop’s this season Pruden feels good about his team’s chances with Laval. “I’m quite happy because we’ve got to beat both teams to get to the Nationals,” he said.

On the other side of the coin the men’s squad will look to go a step further than they did last year as they prepare to face-off against Bishop’s on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Loyola Gym. While the Gaiters should be little challenge for them in the sudden-death semi-final match it’s what will lie afterwards that has everyone excited.

In all likelihood the Stingers will be facing the Laval Rouge et Or next weekend in a rematch of last year’s provincial championship.

After winning game one last year the Stingers lost by a single point in game two before getting blown away in the deciding match. But like the women, a National berth would have to be won in a sudden-death showdown, which would take place on March 12.

Concordia lost three of their four contests against Laval this season.

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