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Chatham's Bridget Carleton and the Iowa State Cyclones are seeded third in the Chicago Region of the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

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Carleton, Cyclones seeded third

Chatham’s Bridget Carleton and the Iowa State Cyclones received the No. 3 seed in the Chicago Region when the NCAA women’s basketball tournament field was announced Monday.

Iowa State will play No. 14 New Mexico State in the first round Saturday in Ames, Iowa, at 5:30 p.m. EDT.

The winner will face either No. 6 DePaul or No. 11 Missouri State in the second round Monday, March 25, in Ames.

As one of the top 16 teams in the field, the Cyclones earned the right to host first- and second-round games.

They’re led by Carleton, the Big 12 player of the year and conference scoring leader.

The Cyclones’ No. 3 seed is their highest since 2002 when they were also No. 3. They’re in the tournament for the 11th time in 13 years.

Jordan fifth in CCAA basketball

Chatham’s Jessica Jordan and the Fanshawe Falcons tied for fifth place with a 1-2 record at the CCAA women’s basketball championship on the weekend in Quebec City.


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Jordan had six points and three rebounds in an 85-70 loss to the Dawson Blues in a bronze-medal semifinal Saturday. The loss ended the Falcons’ medal hopes.

The Falcons’ fifth-place finish is their highest in 24 years.

Kucera second-team all-star

St. Clair Saints guard Jana Kucera of Chatham was named a second-team all-star at the CCAA women’s basketball championship in Quebec City.

She averaged 25.7 points per game in three games as the seventh-place Saints went 1-2.

Kucera had 20 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 73-65 win over the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics in the seventh-place game Saturday.

She scored a game-high 34 points on 13-of-21 shooting in a 93-89 overtime loss to Vancouver Island in a bronze quarter-final Friday. She also had six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Logan Kucera of Chatham had nine points, seven assists, six rebounds and three steals.

The Saints’ roster also includes Logan Kucera of Chatham and Wallaceburg District Secondary School graduates Jaimi Chauvin and Kirsten Zelina.

White to play for bronze

Erin White of Chatham will play with the Fanshawe Falcons in the bronze-medal game Tuesday at the CCAA women’s curling championship in Fredericton, N.B.

Fanshawe was second in the eight-team round-robin with a 5-2 record, then lost to Douglas (B.C.) 11-2 in a semifinal Monday.

Fanshawe will face Augustana (Alta.) for bronze.

Evans 17th in qualifying

Skier Rylan Evans of Chatham was 17th in men’s slopestyle and didn’t qualify for the final at a Nor-Am Cup tour event on the weekend at Mammoth Mountain, Calif.


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Evans, 19, is now ranked fourth on the Nor-Am Cup.

The final tour event will be March 29-30 in Le Relais, Que.

Durston gets four points

Jordan Durston of Wallaceburg had one goal and three assists for the Buffalo Bandits in a 12-11 overtime win against the Saskatchewan Rush in the National Lacrosse League on Saturday in Saskatoon.

Durston has 11 goals and 29 assists in 14 games. His 40 points rank fifth on the East Division-leading Bandits (11-3).

Lancers curlers at OFSAA

The Ursuline Lancers will begin the OFSAA boys’ curling championship Wednesday in North Bay.

The Lancers – lead Caden Rivard, second John Pumfrey, vice Austin Haddock and skip Alex Jeromel – qualified by winning the SWOSSAA title. They’re also the LKSSAA champions

Ursuline is in a six-team pool with Niagara Falls A.N. Myer, Whitby Brooklin, Barrie Eastview, King City and New Liskeard Sainte-Marie.

Pool play runs until Friday. The quarter-finals are Friday, and the semifinals and medal games are Saturday.

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