2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship Preview

Just over two years ago the last Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s basketball championship was played. This season has seen three teams compete hard throughout the year to capture the championship title in 2022. Providence University College (PUC) Pilots is the host of this year’s MCAC VB Championship on March 3-4 at Niverville Community Resource & Recreation Centre in Niverville, MB.

PUC’s Associate Director of Athletics, Partnerships, Cody Quiring commented about hosting the Championship: “Providence is excited to host the annual MCAC Basketball Championships in the brand new home game facility of Providence Athletics, The Niverville Community Resource and Recreation Centre. We look forward to welcoming fans from near and far to watch an outstanding level of basketball as these hardworking teams strive to capture this year’s title of being crowned MCAC Champions.”

#1 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers to play in Championship final – 6 p.m. CT start on Friday, March 4

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers completed a perfect 12-0 regular season this year. The squad is looking to defend the title they won in 2020 and extend the CMU championship dynasty as they have won the last three MCAC championships (2018-20).

In 2021-22, the Blazers averaged almost 90 points per game while holding teams to just under 39 points during the 12 regular season games.

Three of the Top 5 MCAC scorers are Blazers. Fourth year forward plus co-captain Julia Schatkowsky top the conference with 14.7 points per game along with fourth year guard and co-captain Shirliz Apiyo in second at 13.1 then rookie guard/forward Briana Ehrmantraut in fifth at 10.4. Apiyo also leads MCAC in assists with 6.30 per game.

Head coach Joe Di Curzio in his eighth year will be scouting the semi-final match and have CMU ready for another championship game. With being the number one seed, the Blazers receive the bye into the Championship final on Friday, March 4 at 6 p.m. CT.

#2 Providence University College (PUC) Pilots vs. #3 USB Les Rouges – 6 p.m. CT start on Thursday, March 3

A semi-final match will determine who advance to the championship game. Both teams have met five times this year with the Pilots coming away with a victory during all the match-ups. PUC finished with a 5-6 record and would like to continue their winning ways against USB.

First year guard Asha Donnelly led PUC in scoring and third in MCAC with 12.4 ppg. while second year guard Trinity Blair ended up sixth in MCAC at 9.09 ppg. In MCAC rebounds, Blair is fifth with 6.18 per game while third year guard Megan Wiebe was sixth at 6.0 per game.

Head coach Joel Coursey, in his tenth season, has guided the team with a goal to get into the final and win PUC’s first MCAC women’s basketball championship since 2006.

USB finally made it back onto the court after announcing a return for both basketball teams for this upcoming season. This was the first time Les Rouges basketball programs played in MCAC since the 2008-09 season for the men’s program and 2005-06 for the women.  

In the first season, USB has battled hard during this season as they still seek their first win and looking for the playoff upset. Their highest point output in 2021-22 was 38 points against the Pilots on Feb. 12 and they continue on building the program in their inaugural season back in MCAC.

Guard Catherine Marquez leads the team scoring with 6.25 ppg. and Olivia Courcelle second on team at 3.89 ppg. Marquez is seventh in MCAC assists with 2.5 per game while guard Jade Costa is tied for fifth in NCAC steals with 2.0 per game.

Head coach Christian Mouné, in his first season, has built this team to gain more experience and play the host in a spirited semi-final game this season.

2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship hosted by PUC in Niverville, MB

Thursday, March 3 (all times are Central Time) – live stream at: https://www.youtube.com/c/MCACAthletics

6 p.m. Semi-Final: #3 USB Les Rouges vs. #2 PUC Pilots

Friday, March 4

6 p.m.    Women’s Basketball Championship Final – #1 CMU Blazers vs. Semi Final winner