The slipper fit for the Providence Lady Freemen though, and they pulled off what many thought would be impossible.
In the first semifinals game of the weekend, the #4-seeded Providence Lady Freemen, who were coming in with a 3-11 record, pulled off the upset of the season, beating the 13-1 and #1-seed University of Winnipeg College Wesmen 56-51 to advance to the Women’s Championship.
It is the first time in MCAC playoff history that a #4 seed has beaten a #1 seed in any sport.
The Lady Freemen played a fine defensive game against the explosive College Wesmen, and although outsized by the Wesmen forwards, Providence out-rebounded University of Winnipeg through most of the night.
Leading the charge for the Lady Freemen was sharpshooter Kristina Larson with 14 points. Forward Brynn Swann had 12, along with a very active afternoon on the boards. University of Winnipeg College guard Sonia Radi led all scorers with 20 points.
The other semifinal saw #2-seeded Red River College with business as usual, and then some. They came out at a blistering pace, building a lead on #3-seeded CMU early and continuing the charge all the way through. They won 74-43, and will play Providence in the women’s championship in front of their home crowd.
The #2 Red River College Rebels will take on #4 Providence University College in the Women’s Championship Saturday at 6 p.m.
The #1 University of Winnipeg College Wesmen will play #3 CMU in the bronze match Saturday at 2 p.m.