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Basketball ‘Canes set to chase ACAA banners this weekend

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in Fredericton, New Brunswick this weekend for the 2023 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Basketball Championships, hosted by the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies.

The ‘Canes, ranked as the second seed on both the men’s and women’s sides, receive byes to the semi-finals on Saturday; the women will play at 3pm while the men will play at 7pm.

Who will the Hurricanes opponents be? That will depend on the quarterfinals on Friday.


On the women’s side, the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics (third) will take on the Crandall University Chargers (sixth) at 11am on Friday, while the STU Tommies (fourth) will host the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils (fifth) at 1pm.  The two winners will advance to the semi-finals, with the ‘Canes playing the highest advancing team, while the Mount Allison University (MTA) Mounties (first) will face the lowest advancing team in the other semi-final on Saturday at 1pm.

The women’s ‘Canes finished the regular season at 14-4.  Here is how the ‘Canes fared during the regular season against the five other teams competing at the ACAA Championships. 


Season Series

MTA Mounties (first)

Mounties won 2-1

MSVU Mystics (third)

Series tied 1-1

STU Tommies (fourth)

Hurricanes won 3-0

UKC Blue Devils (fifth)

Hurricanes won 3-0

Crandall Chargers (sixth)

Hurricanes won 3-0

The Hurricanes have had several players finish the regular season near the top of national statistical categories.  Lisa Bolander finished the regular season with 21.6 points per game, second in the CCAA. While Karla Benitez finished with 4.3 assists per game, fifth in the country.


On the men’s side, Crandall (third) will take on UKC (sixth) at 3pm on Saturday in the first quarterfinal, while MSVU (fourth) will take on Mount Allison (fifth) at 5pm.   The ‘Canes will take on the highest advancing team, while the top-ranked, STU Tommies, will host the lowest advancing team at 5pm on Saturday in the semi-finals.

The men’s ‘Canes concluded the regular season with a record of 13-5, tied with STU for first place.  The Tommies won the tiebreaker for winning the season series.

Here is how the men’s ‘Canes finished the regular season versus the other five competing teams at the 2023 ACAA Basketball Championships. 


Season Series

STU Tommies (first)

Tommies won 2-1

Crandall Chargers (third)

Hurricanes won 3-0

MSVU Mystics (fourth)

Hurricanes won 2-1

MTA Mounties (fifth)

Mounties won 2-1

UKC Blue Devils (sixth)

Hurricanes won 3-0

Statistically, Jalen Menzies finished with 3.7 steals per game, the best in Canada, during the regular season, while Chris Cheatham finished with 2.8 and sixth best.

Following the quarterfinal matchups on Friday, the ACAA will announce the 2022-23 ACAA Basketball Award winners from the regular season at the annual banquet on Friday evening.


All games during the championship will be available to view live at www.acaa.tv.

For more information on the 2023 ACAA Basketball Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.


Connect with the women’s basketball ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/caneswbball and www.instagram.com/hurricanesbball.

Connect with the men’s basketball ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/canesmbball and www.instagram.com/hurricanesbball.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.


For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2023