The big story coming out of the women's basketball and hockey nationals is probably the McMaster hoops squad trying to end Canada West's monopoly on the bronze baby.
The No. 3-seeded Marauders, who play No. 2 UBC in the semi-final tonight in Saskatoon, won a Final 8 game for only the second time in the program's history, with usual suspects Lindsay DeGroot and Chiara Rocca having big games in a win over the host Huskies. No. 8 Laval took care of No. 1 seed Simon Fraser, meaning it's up to UBC or Regina to keep that trophy in the west. It seems prudent to believe it will be the Thunderbirds and Cougars in the final tomorrow at 6 (Eastern, but you knew that) on The Score.
(Only in the CIS, and it's kind of charming: One of the game recaps was written by "Huskie Athletics sports information assistant" Laurence Nixon -- the same guy who's also the Huskies' quarterback. It's a little hard to imagine Tim Tebow sitting at courtside batting out an account of a basketball game.)
Day 1 of the women's hockey nationals went as expected -- McGill and Alberta, seeded 1-2, each won by shutout and bought themselves a day of rest. St. FX, which plays Manitoba in the afternoon game today, probably needs to win to further their hopes of being the first Maritime team to win a CIS women's hockey medal.