St Clair Saints Prepare for Nationals
After earning a Silver Medal at the Provincial Championship earlier in March the St. Clair College Women's Basketball team qualified for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship in Quebec City.
St. Clair takes on Dawson College (Montreal, QC) in their first round quarter-final on Thursday with a 1:00pm tip time which opens the 8-team bracket tournament.
In the most recent poll Dawson (12-2 regular season) was ranked #5 nationally and they beat #11 Champlain St-Lambert 75-60 in the Gold Medal game to win their league title.
St. Clair hosted this championship under Coach Andy Kiss' guidance in 2016 so the Saints have an idea what to expect.
"Back in 2016 we were the host, and as you asked me, as a coach if I gained some experience from being in a National Championship Tournament, absolutely."
Kiss says he knows it will be a difficult game against Dawson College.
"We're not going to beat that team by double-digits or more. For us to win, we're going to be in a situation to win a close game and we get it done."
Medals will be contested Saturday night with the Bronze game at 6:00pm followed by the Gold game at 8:00pm.
( with files by Kristylee Varley )