No #CritelliCup victory would be complete without... A selfie with the hardware! Congrats @CURavens! #OUA #QuestfotheCup pic.twitter.com/pnMlWQa4Vk— OUA (@OUAsport) March 5, 2017
A sold-out Critelli Cup with a capacity 1,904 at the @queensu @QueensARC @queensgaels pic.twitter.com/zFRp1fN5jJ— OUA (@OUAsport) March 5, 2017
Anyway, the carefully plotted brackets have been reduced to rumble like the protagonist in the second act of a Will Ferrell comedy:. @windsorwbb coach Chantal Vallee a good sport with her likeness from @queensgaels fans at @OUAsport final four pic.twitter.com/zYdi56iBmW— Ian MacAlpine (@IanMacAlpine) March 5, 2017
- Regina has the nation's highest winning percentage, highest SRS of any automatic qualifier and probably the highest RPI if playoff games were counted. The Canada West banner, though, is presumably in Saskatchewan coach Lisa Thomaidis' office and not in Regina coach Dave Taylor's at this writing, though.
Pro tip: never let the championship banner out of your sight, what with the memorabilia market being what it is these days.
- Carleton was the third seed in the OUA and this site's SRS had them fourth, but under traditional standings they would have finished first with an 18-1 record and a tiebreaker against Queen's.
- Saskatchewan is the lone top seed to emerge as a playoff champion
- Each bye team at AUS Final 6 was ousted on Saturday, setting up an unlikely Acadia-Cape Breton final on Sunday. Acadia has doubled its postseason win total from this century within the last 48 hours.
The first four are Carleton, Regina, Queen's and Saskatchewan. It's hard to see how Regina should be any lower than No. 2, even if it is the Canada West runner-up. Saskatchewan should get some bump for winning a banner, in spite of the fact it was RPI-aided.
The question is whether the committee will split them up to avoid potential rematches in the semifinal.
- Carleton (OUA champion). Second season in a row OUA has a first-time women's basketball champion. Ryerson did so last season, also on the road, and went on to silver nationally.
- Regina (Canada West auto berth). They've very capable of Giles!
- Saskatchewan (Canada West champion). Shout-out to Huskies wing Megan Lindquist, who went the full 40 minutes in both games this weekend. They lost a lot from the 2016 championship team, but still had Sabine Dukate to keep a firm handle on the offence.
- Queen's (OUA auto-berth). The guiding thought was to rank the teams in order of merit. There is nothing in the rules about putting a conference's two reps on opposite sides so they can meet in the final and avoid meeting in the semifinal.
- McGill (RSEQ champion). Six conference titles in a row.Here's my second video of @MartletBBall celebrating their 6th straight @RSEQ1 🏆. @USPORTSca pic.twitter.com/1ig4UzmFv6— Casey Leigh Dulson (@Casey_Dulson) March 5, 2017
— Casey Leigh Dulson (@Casey_Dulson) March 5, 2017
- Cape Breton (AUS champion). When they were losing five consecutive games late in the regular season, they weren't gettin' killed out there, they were getting mad! Congrats Capers!Congratulations to @gocapersgo on winning the Subway AUS Women's basketball championships with a score of 79-61 over @AcadiaAthletics!— AUS_SUA (@AUS_SUA) March 5, 2017Congratulations to Colleen Keane from @gocapersgo on earning the tournament MVP at the @SUBWAYCanada AUS women's basketball championships!— AUS_SUA (@AUS_SUA) March 5, 2017
- Laval (at large). They have the criteria. Walt White had the chemistry.
- Victoria (host). And what a fine host they are.