The Algoma Thunderbirds took on the Nipissing Lakers on February 18th an the George Leach Centre in Sault Ste Marie. Both the men’s and women’s team came out on top.
The women’s basketball team earned their fourth and final win of the season against the Nipissing Lakers. In their annual Seniors’ Night game, Algoma dominated the floor, winning 69-49, with their first-ever back-to-back win since joining the OUA.
Karissa Kajorinne led the Tbirds in the win with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Carriera Lamoureux had 13 points and 6 boards. Karly Fracalanza and Karina Cole also had double digits in the win. Claire Abbott had 16 points in the loss for the Lakers. Algoma shot 40 per cent from the field and beyond the arc, and 88.2 per cent from the line.
“I couldn’t be happier the way we ended the season,” said Head Coach Ryan Vetrie. “To get both wins to close out the weekend, something we haven’t ever done before and to have it on our home court sending off our seniors was pretty specials. I am very proud of this group and the way they played all year long.”
The Algoma women end the season at 4-16 in the OUA West.
In the men’s action, Algoma kept it close for the 40 minutes, tying the Lakers at the close of regulation time, 70-70. Algoma edged ahead of Nipissing with just six seconds left to win, 88-87. Sean Clendinning led the Thunderbirds with 31 points. Algoma shot 37.5 per cent from the field and 26.8 per cent from beyond the arc. Marcus Lewis earned 25 points for the Lakers.
“We wanted to leave everything on the floor. We have Sean who has been great for our program, he has done a lot of things and help us get to this stage. We wanted to send him off on a good note. He’s led us over the past couple of years so this was a nice way to send him off,” said men’s Head Coach Thomas Cory.
The men close out the season at 5-14 in the OUA West.
Honoured in Seniors’ Night were Carriera Lamoureux, Sydney Resch, Karissa Kajorinne, and Sean Clendinning. Tonight marked their final game sporting the red, white, and grey for the Thunderbirds. Resch finishes out the season as the women’s all-time leading scorer since joining the OUA with 607 points. Clendinning also ends his career at Algoma as the men’s the all-time leading scorer with 707 points.
Source: Algoma U Thunderbirds