Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - Submitted by Athletic Dept.
St. Clair College and Department of Athletics are making the final preparations for the 2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Basketball National Championship being hosted March 16-19. Nearly 125 volunteers and staff have stepped forward to help deliver the 1st ever Women’s Basketball National Championship hosted by St. Clair College.
Participating teams from the five conferences in the CCAA will arrive Tuesday, March 15th from all corners of Canada. The St. Clair College Saints are the host team and will be an automatic entry regardless of their finish at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Provincial Championship being played this weekend. However, seeding will be important with the OCAA Champion advancing to the Nationals should St. Clair not win the provincial gold. The top two teams from both the Quebec Student Sport Federation (RSEQ) and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) along with a lone entry from the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) and the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) will make up the remaining teams in the draw will make up the 8-team tournament.
Playoffs began this past weekend in each of the individual conferences with provincial championships taking place this weekend to determine the field of Canada’s finest college teams that will be making the trip to Windsor.
Closed practice sessions will be held at the SportsPlex on Wednesday, March 16th and the teams will conclude their day with the CCAA All-Canadian Banquet that evening which will be hosted at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts. Official opening ceremonies will take place along with presentation of ten All-Canadian Awards to the top Women’s Basketball players from across the CCAA in addition to the naming of the National Player and Coach of the Year. The event will also feature guest speakers Samantha Magalas who is the new Sport Tourism Officer for the City of Windsor along with former St. Clair College Women’s Basketball great Debbie Leffelhoc (Cowgill). Bob Bellacicco from CTV Windsor Sports will serve as the All-Canadian Banquet Master of Ceremonies which will be preceded by a Media Press Conference just outside the St. Clair Centre for the Arts Alumni Skyline Hall on the 2nd Floor at 6:00pm.
Magalas is a former two-sport standout for York University competing in hockey and baseball and earned herself a spot on the Women’s National Baseball Team. For the last ten years her involvement with the National Baseball program included stints as an athlete and coach allowing her to participate in five World Cup events. Magalas last represented Canada as a coach at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Before coming to Windsor she was a Sport Coordinator for the Ontario University Athletics office helping create partnerships with 20 Canadian universities and several professional, provincial, national and multi-sport organizations.
Leffelhoc is a graduate of St. Clair College’s Nursing program (1980) and established many OCAA and school records in just two seasons of play for the Saints from 1978 to 1980. In 56 career games for St. Clair she averaged 20.1 points per contest scoring 1,126 points which was a school record until 2011. Leffelhoc still ranks #4 on the St. Clair all-time scoring list but remains in the OCAA record books for some of her final season’s accomplishments. In the 1979-80 regular season she set the record for most total points (433 in 18 games, 24.1 average), most points in a game (52), most two-point field goals in a game (26) and most two-point field goals in a season (197). With the exception of most points in a game all still remain records to this day.
Leffelhoc was St. Clair's Female Athlete of the Year in 1979-80 and an OCAA league All-star. She was later inducted into the St. Clair Athletics Hall of Fame (1984) and then named to the OCAA Women's Basketball All-Millennium team in 2000 before being inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 2003.
Championship play for the Nationals will begin Thursday, March 17th with St. Clair electing to play their opening round game at 6:00pm. See listed below the entire schedule. Semi-finals will be played Friday, March 18th with the Gold Medal game tipping at 8:30pm Saturday, March 19th to decide Canada’s National Crown followed by closing ceremonies wrapping up the championship. All 13 games in addition to the All-Canadian Banquet will streamed live on www.we-tv.ca and see below a link to a promotional video.
1:00 PM NAIT (Edmonton, AB) vs VIU (Nanaimo, BC) 3:00 PM Humber (Toronto, ON) vs St. Mary's (Calgary, ON) 6:00 PM St. Clair vs. Sainte-Foye (Quebec, QC) 8:15 PM Holland (Charlottetown, PEI) vs Montmorency (Montreal, QC)
Friday, March 18th, 2016 - Day II Game Schedule
1:00 PM Bronze ¼ Final 3:00 PM Bronze ¼ Final 6:00 PM Gold Medal Semi-final 8:15 PM Gold Medal Semi-final
Saturday, March 19th, 2016 - Day III Game Schedule
10:00 AM Bronze Medal Semi-final 12:00 PM Bronze Medal Semi-final 2:00 PM 7th/8th Place Game 6:00 PM Bronze Medal Game 8:30 PM Gold Medal Game
Please visit www.saintsathletics.ca or www.ccaa.ca for more details about the 2016 CCAA Women’s Basketball Championship hosted by St. Clair College. See attached the tournament logo which was designed in part by St. Clair College Graphic Design student Skyler Patteson.