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Rozin Abbas | Interrobang | Sports | March 9th, 2009

The Algoma Thunderbirds and Fanshawe Falcons have played two times during the regular season. In both games combined, the Thunderbirds have lost by a total of 44 points. Saturday, February 28 saw a rematch between the two teams in the quarterfinals.

In dominating fashion, the Falcons took home an easy quarterfinals win when they won 66-39 over the Thunderbirds. Fanshawe dominated immensely in the first half of the game as they held Algoma to 14 points (eight free throws and three field goals). In the end, the Thunderbirds shot a dismal 22.4 per cent from the field, and 11.1 per cent from the three-point line.

Fanshawe's Alison Griffiths put on a clinic when she put up 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Griffiths put these great statistics up while sitting out most of the second half of the game and only playing 23 minutes.

Julia Wolynski had a game-high 15 points (43 per cent from the three-point line), while Patricia Thompson contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and a block. Kaitlind Dutrizac helped greatly on defense with six rebounds and six steals.

The Falcons did an excellent job on defense by holding the Thunderbirds to a single double-digit scorer in Chelsea Nekuliak. Nekuliak only scored 12 points out of Algoma's 39 points (almost one third of Algoma's points).

With Fanshawe defeating Algoma, they will look to improve on their bronze medal from 2008 when they play against the Seneca Sting in the semi finals. Seneca, this past regular season, had a 14-0 record and faced Humber in the quarterfinals. The Sting put a hurting on Humber and showed them the door with a 62-48 win. Also, the Sting won championships in 05/06 and 06/07.

The last time the Falcons won a championship was in 02/03.

In other quarter finals news, 2008 champions Sheridan Bruins made a statement saying they're the team to beat as they embarrassed Georgian 101-45. The Bruins had five players in double digits: Caity Wright (22), Nakia Arthur (21), Hali Burns (16), Jenna Gonneau (12), and Donisha Young (12). St. Lawrence Kingston may have a short-lived win as they will play Sheridan in the semi finals when they defeated St. Clair 76-66 this past weekend.

Interesting 2008-2009 records:

- Seneca's Natasha Thombs broke the record for most points in a single game when she scored 54 points.

- Sheridan's Hali Burns tied the record for most three pointers in a single game with eight.

- Loyalist's Sara Maybee broke the record for most three pointers in a season with 45.

- Seneca, as a team, scored the most points in a single game with 123 points against Fleming.

- Fanshawe holds the record for most championships with 11. The next closest is Humber with six.
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