Julia Schatkowsky dominated in the paint during Saturday’s MCAC championship game. Her double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds pushed the top-ranked Canadian Mennonite University Blazers to a 71-64 win, resulting in their third straight league title.
Schatkowsky’s performance earned her the championship MVP award, as well as being named MCAC female athlete of the week.
Blazers head coach Joe Di Curzio had nothing but good things to say about his star player following the championship win.
“Julia is the heart of our team,” said Di Curzio. “She comes and she works hard, she’s dedicated and that’s what makes her what she is.”
Schatkowsky said this championship means a lot to her, especially after missing last year’s championship match with a broken arm.
The turning point in the game was the Blazers 17-0 run to end the third quarter, a run Schatkowsky had eight points and a steal on.
“I think we just realized it was go time,” she said. “It was time to get going and everyone just started going hard and we started working together, and it all just fell into place there.”
CMU will look to carry their championship momentum into the NIAC tournament this weekend.