SHERBROOKE, Que. (from Bishop’s Gaiters) — Edith Noblecilla and Ashley Milholme scored 21 points each, leading with Bishop’s Gaiters to an 81-68 victory Saturday over the No. 10-ranked Concordia Stingers in Quebec university women’s basketball action at the Mitchell Gym.
Noblecilla went 10-for-16 from the field and had eight assists, while Milhomme was eight-for-14 overall and drained five three-pointers to lead Bishops to their second straight win, and fourth in the past six games.
With the win, the Gaiters complete the sweep of their home-and-home series with the Stingers, and move into sole possession of third place in the RSEQ standings with a 4-5 record, a half-game ahead of the Stingers, who fell to 3-5.
Bishop’s led 24-17 after the first quarter, 43-30 at halftime and 73-40 after three periods.
“I think we learned to compete at the level that was necessary to win in this conference,” said Gaiters head coach Craig Norman. “I talked a lot about winning individual battles, digging in. We put more emphasis on winning 50-50 battles, winning possessions on both sides of the ball against the person you’re matched up against and the girls really bought in, and they answered the bell.”
Gaiters rookie Marie-Evrardine Berrouette picked up her second double-double in the past three games, as she scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Maude Archambault was the other Gaiter in double figures, scoring 11 points.
Concordia was led by Caroline Task, who scored 28 points on nine-of-20 shooting. Coralie Dumont had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Jazlin Barker also scored 14 for the Stingers.
The Gaiters shot 43.5 per cent from the field while holding Concordia to 38.1 per cent. Bishop’s recorded seven blocks, one short of their season high, with Milhomme, Berrouette and Mara Marchizotti each making a pair.
“Obviously it was a great weekend for Bishop’s basketball,” said Norman. “Concordia is ranked No. 10 in the country, (we) beat them back-to-back. Mara was terrific, an all-Canadian performance on Thursday night with 36. Tonight, Edith was magical, I thought. She had 21, but she controlled things. Ashley had a slow start, but the game was wide open, so Ashley got some clean looks. Marie had a great game with 16 rebounds and 10 points, just a huge, huge game from a rookie.”
Bishop’s is next in action on Friday, when they host the McGill Martlets at the Mitchell Gym. Tip-off is set for 6 pm EST.