by Denis Lafontaine

        BASKETBALL UPDATE         
March 17, 2008

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The season ended on a positive note for the Lady Cheetahs after they took a hard-fought 80-75 win over Sheridan College to secure the Bronze Medal at the Nationals on Sunday in Truro, Nova Scotia. Arianne Duchesne topped Vanier scorers with 17 points while Ann-Marie Prophète scored 16. Magalie Beaulieu scored another 12 points giving her a total of 60 points over the 4 games she played. Marie-Ève Martin earned a spot on the first all-star team while Arianne Duchesnes was selected for the second all-star team.

To start the tournament, the Lady Cheetahs, led by the 23-point performance of Magalie Beaulieu, defeated the home-town team from NSAC 62-45 in their quarter-final game on Friday evening. Advancing next to the semi-finals on Saturday, t
he game was a thrilling battle between two Quebec titans that everyone at the 2008 CCAA Women’s basketball National Championship had anticipated.

Marie-Ève Martin
1st All-Star Team

Ste. Foy held a scant three point lead over Vanier at half time (31- 28) and Vanier battled back to knot the score at 43-43 after three quarters of play. But, in the end it was the Ste. Foy Dynamique who prevailed by a final score of 59 to 54, ending hopes of a repeat win for the defending champion Vanier College Cheetahs. The player of the game for Vanier was Arianne Duchesnes who contributed 9 points as well as 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss.

Arianne Duchesnes
2nd All-star Team

With the win, Ste. Foy advanced to the Championship Final game Sunday evening which they eventually won over Mount Saint Vincent University to claim the Gold Medal. Vanier still had a chance to win the bronze medal, but they needed to win two games, both on Sunday. The first game was at 9am VS CUCA (Concordia University College of Alberta) and the Ladies won it 61-60 to earn a shot at the Bronze Medal, which, as stated above, they won with their defeat of Sheridan College on Sunday evening.

Magalie Beaulieu
scored 60 points

We went into the tournament as the top-seeded team and were certainly THE team to beat. I'm sure the Ladies wished for more, but winning three out of their 4 games at the Nationals was still a great accomplishment. Of course, winning the National crown last year was a huge achievement. To put things in perspective, winning two National Championships in a row would have been a feat completely unprecedented in Vanier women's basketball history.

Anneth Him Lazarenko
scored 40 points

So, with an 18-2 record in the regular season, a Provincial title from this year following a National title from last year plus a Bronze Medal and a 3-1 record at this year's Nationals, the team certainly has every reason to be proud of all their accomplishments over the past two years.

Heartiest congratulations go out to every member of the team with a special mention to assistant coaches Mai-Anh Nguyen and Tina Fasone and of course, to our great award-winning head coach Ruby Viray who are all seen at left receiving the "Fair Play Award", presented to a team, player or coach at the conclusion of the championship to recognize sportsmanship. The coaches impressed the selection committee members with the way they interacted with opponents, officials and especially their own players as they were always positive and encouraging, even in the intense pressure of the tournament.

Thank you, each and every one for providing us with so many great memories.

View a comprehensive page of photos from all of our games at the nationals. Click here.


A message to the coaching staff from the Director General, March 17, 2008

Ruby, Tina and Mai-Anh,

Let me express to you my most heartfelt congratulations on your week-end performance at the Nationals in Truro. Bringing home the bronze medal after having been crowned provincial champions for the second time in a row is an achievement few college directors have the pleasure of celebrating. I know that the players and coaches and everybody associated with team sports is always keen on bringing back the gold from whatever competition we participate in. But we cannot lose sight of the fact that being a champion means a lot more than the medal. It is, first and foremost, a reflection of our capacity to be and be seen as models by others in the way we conduct ourselves, in the way we work together and in the way we give it our best, no matter what. The awards and the recognition you have received prove that the Lady Cheetahs have it all. You make us so proud.

Please convey to the players my most sincere appreciation for the results and for what it does to this college. Every time I have had a chance to see a game (not often enough for my taste), I have been truly impressed by their spirit. To the players who will be leaving to pursue studies or work, best of luck and we will miss you. And we hope you keep in touch. To those who are continuing on, count on me to help carry on the sprit of the 2007-2008 team.


Gilbert Héroux
Directeur Général/Director General
Cégep Vanier College