The PACWEST women’s gold medal game will be a battle of the regular season’s top two teams as the Capilano Blues face the Douglas College Royals at 5:30pm on the campus of Quest University.
The Blues dominated the Camosun Chargers in yesterday’s semi-final collecting the most lopsided victory in the PACWEST championship tournament 76-37 shooting 38.9% from the field. Three players scored double-digits led by the 18 from Brittany Wertman coming off the bench. Carmelle M’Bikata was named the player of game after a monster game of 16 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and a pair of steals.
Their defence was suffocating holding the Chargers to 18% shooting from the field.
The Royals on the other hand ended the VIU Mariners hope of a repeat with a 56-43 win shooting 32%. Rachel Beauchamp was named the player of game with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Ellen Fallis chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.
All three meetings of the regular season were very close with an average margin of just seven points. The Blues won two of the three games shooting 36% led by M’Bikata averaging 13 a game an Sherrie Errico dropping in 10.6. The Royals shot 38% in the series led by Rachel Beauchamp and her 16.6 points a game.
It’s fitting that these two schools close out the PACWEST basketball season after opening the campaign at Capilano back in October.
Last playoff meeting: Thursday February 27, 2014 – Royals 82-58 (Quarterfinal)
Head to Head during 2016-2017 – Blues 2 – Royals 1
#1 Capilano Blues
PACWEST Record – 16-2
Home 7-0, Road 9-2
Points Per Game – 70.6
Field Goal % - 38.4%
Leader: Sherrie Errico: A PACWEST Second Team All-Star: A breakout year scoring 13.3 points a game and was an excellent complement to the inside power game of M’Bikata. She shot 38% from the field and just over 40% from downtown. She is the only Blue to start every game this past season.
#2 Douglas College Royals
PACWEST Record – 14-4
Home 6-2, Road 8-2
Points Per Game – 68.3
Field Goal % - 37.4%
Leader: Ellen Fallis: A PACWEST Second Team All-Star. She’s one of two Royals that started each game this season. She shot 33.6% from the field and averaged 11.7 points a game. She has the ability to play every position on the floor and can shoot from the outside draining a team high 23-three pointers.