CMCC Women Win YSCC Championship

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CMCC Women Win YSCC Championship

Postby gomustangs » Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:53 pm

After being swept in the two regular season games, the Mustangs play 40 minutes of inspired basketball to defeat Southern Maine 59-49. Tiffany Seams was named MVP with 28 points (five 3-pointers) for the Mustangs and Michelle Holmquist was named Offensive Player of the Tournament.

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Re: CMCC Women Win YSCC Championship

Postby cmad » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:18 pm

Lady Mustangs take down SMCC, 59-49

By Mark Turcotte

After hitting her first 3-pointer from the left corner, Seams knew this was her game. The Oxford Hills alum scorched the nets for a game-high 28 points, including five 3-pointers that propelled the Mustangs to a 59-49 victory over arch-rival Southern Maine Community College in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) championship Sunday in Concord, New Hampshire.

Seams, who missed nearly half of the Mustangs' games this season largely due to a dislocated knee cap suffered during a Nov. 13 game, gave the Mustangs a scare in a semifinal matchup on Saturday; after sinking a 3-pointer, she came down on an opposing players foot, straining her ankle. She limped off the court only to return minutes later to help the second-ranked Mustangs earn a spot in the title game with nine points in a 75-44 victory over tournament host New Hampshire Technical Institute.

The title game loomed large as the top-seeded Seawolves, who dispatched UMaine-Augusta 79-75 in their semifinal, were favored after sweeping the two-game regular season series over CM by a combined seven points.

"We had to play at another level today," said Mustang coach Mike Bridges, now in his tenth year heading up the women's program. "Beating a team of that caliber takes a complete effort from all involved."

After uncharacteristically electing to pass with open looks at the basket in the Mustangs final two regular season games, Seams imposed her will in the playoffs. Her performance in the title game, for which she earned MVP honors, helped the Mustangs earn a spot in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) national tournament in Pennsylvania beginning March 3.

"I was saving it for this one," she laughed. "I just asked for the ball. If someone's feeling it you give it to them, regardless of who it is."

"All it took was one game for (Seams) to go off and she chose today," said Bridges. "We had enough solid performances around her to get the job done."

Bridges' defensive scheme, which constantly sent help to double and sometimes triple-team YSCC Player of the Year Sonya O'Tash, created 25 turnovers and held the Seawolves scoreless for nearly four minutes into the first half.

Freshman forward Rachel Del Camp led the Seawolves with 14 points while O'Tash was limited to 11.

"They shut down our offense and no one else really stepped up," said Southern Maine coach Becky Roak. "We give all the credit to CM. Tiffany Seams was amazing. When she ignites it's tough to stop her."

It was the first conference loss of the year for Roak, now in her second year at the helm. She was named YSCC Coach of the Year after leading the Seawoves to an unblemished conference record through 14 games.

Michelle Holmquist, who carried the bulk of the offensive load this season, attracted plenty of attention in the paint with an 11 point, eight rebound performance. Coupled with her 14 points and 10 boards in the semifinal, the freshman standout was named Offensive Player of the Tournament to complement her All-Conference award where she was among the top five vote getters alongside O'Tash and Del Camp.

Danielle Hebert paced the Mustang defense with four steals while Sara Martin hauled down five rebounds, all on the opposing end. Britney Salley added five points and a pair of steals.

As he's done all season long, Bridges used the full complement of his bench, eight players total, to wear down the Seawolves. Ten players registered at least 12 minutes on the floor with only two players, Seams and Holmquist, logging over 30 minutes. No member of the Southern Maine starting five played less than 34 minutes. CMCC improves to 19-5 overall and 13-3 in conference play.

The Mustangs now make travel plans to the Keystone State where they'll represent the YSCC in a tournament featuring 12 teams from throughout the country.

After congratulating his team on a game plan executed to perfection, Bridges, who has experienced a handful of national tournaments and two final fours in his time with CMCC, informed his 13 champions that they wouldn't have to worry about practicing until Thursday. "However," he added "if you want to go to the gym to shoot, I won't stop you."


Yankee Small College Conference Playoffs

Quarterfinals - Tuesday, Feb. 17
#4-UMaine-Augusta 72, #5-Hesser 51
#3-NHTI 53, #6-Vermont Tech 49
Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 21
#1-Southern Maine 79, #4-UMaine-Augusta 75
#2-Central Maine 75, #3-NHTI 44
Championship - Sunday, Feb. 22
#2-Central Maine 59, #1-Southern Maine 49

Quarterfinals - Wednesday, Feb. 18
#6-UMaine-Augusta 87, #3-Southern Maine CC 84
#5-NHTI 53, #4-Hesser 49
Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 21
#5-NHTI 69, #1-Vermont Tech 67
#6-UMaine-Augusta 77, #2-Central Maine 75
Championship - Sunday, Feb. 22
#6-UMaine-Augusta 69, #5-NHTI 67


Moose too much for Mustangs

CONCORD, NH - Lawrence Williams' 22 points led four players in double figures as sixth-seeded UMaine-Augusta edged second-ranked Central Maine Community College 77-72 in a Yankee Conference semifinal matchup on Saturday.

The Mustangs were held scoreless for the opening three minutes and were forced to chase the scoreboard for the balance of the game.

Tyler Smithgall drained a game-high 28 points and hauled down 12 rebounds for the
Mustangs (18-6) while Farrell Jean-Gilles poured in 16 points and Matt Sceviour added 11 points and six assists.

A Jean-Gilles 3-pointer tied the game with just over a minute remaining, but a stout
Moose defense forced the Mustangs into poor shot selection in the closing seconds.

Moses Brathwaite dominated the paint for the Moose (10-19) with 20 points and 21 boards. Deon Cheers registered 13 points and Herbert Davis added 10.

Following the game, Mustang forwards Smithgall and Cam Angell were named to the Yankee All-Conference team.
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Re: CMCC Women Win YSCC Championship

Postby maddogmom » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:58 pm

CONGRATULATIONS ladies!! ALL of you did a great job!!

Coach Bridges and other coaching staff - Great job!!!

I look forward to going to Pennsylvania!!!
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