Bronze Baby

The Bronze Baby trophy is awarded to the winning team of the U Sports women's basketball championship, contested among competing Canadian universities. The trophy features a figure that is a replica of a statue that was in the grounds of Dunfermline College of Physical Education in Scotland.[1] The trophy was first donated in 1922 by the Students' Council of McGill University and awarded to the Ontario and Quebec conference champion of the Women's Interuniversity Athletic Union (WIAU). After the WIAU amalgamated with the Ontario Women's Interuniversity Athletic Union (OWIAA) in 1971, the trophy was retired and returned to McGill.[1][2] The trophy was then offered to the Canadian Women's Interuniversity Athletic Union (CWIAU) in 1972 to be competed for at a fully national level.[1] The CWIAU merged with the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU), the men's union, in 1978 and awarded by the now-named U Sports governing body.

Bronze Baby Trophy
First played1923
Most recently played2019
Current championsMcMaster Marauders
Current runners-upLaval Rouge et Or
Most titlesVictoria Vikes (9)


The championship currently consists of an eight-team tournament, with champions from each of the four conferences, one host, an additional OUA team, an additional Canada West team and one at-large berth.[3] The tournament was originally composed of just four qualifying teams from 1972 to 1976 until it was expanded to include six in 1977.[4] The championship was then changed to include eight teams in 1979 and has generally remained the same since then. In the 2011 edition, the then-named CIS had West, Central, and East regional play-in games to determine the three remaining spot in the tournament (the other five went to the four conference champions and host).[4] In 2012, there were East and West regional games to determine two additional berths and by 2013 the league had reverted to voting in the three remaining spots.[4] Aside from those two years of regional qualifiers, the tournament has always taken place over one weekend at a pre-determined host site.[4]


Year Winning University[1][4] Score Runner Up University Venue Host
1972 UBC Thunderettes 74–69 UNB Red Bloomers University of Saskatchewan
1973 UBC Thunderettes (2) 50–30 Manitoba Bisons McGill University
1974 UBC Thunderettes (3) 67–53 UNB Red Bloomers University of Winnipeg
1975 Laurentian Lady Vees UBC Thunderettes University of New Brunswick
1976 Laurentian Lady Vees (2) UNB Red Bloomers University of Guelph
1977 Laurentian Lady Vees (3) Winnipeg Wesmen University of Calgary
1978 Laurentian Lady Vees (4) 69–51 Winnipeg Wesmen University of Calgary (2)
1979 Laurentian Lady Vees (5) 61–53 (2OT) Victoria Vikettes University of Regina
1980 Victoria Vikettes 64–59 Dalhousie Tigers Dalhousie University
1981 Victoria Vikettes (2) 61–59 Bishop's Gaiters University of Guelph (2)
1982 Victoria Vikettes (3) 70–55 Bishop's Gaiters University of Saskatchewan (2)
1983 Bishop's Gaiters 64–49 Victoria Vikettes University of Manitoba
1984 Bishop's Gaiters (2) 70–62 Winnipeg Wesmen University of Manitoba (2)
1985 Victoria Vikettes (4) 71–52 Laurentian Lady Vees Bishop's University
1986 Toronto Varsity Blues 68–63 Victoria Vikettes University of Winnipeg (2)
1987 Victoria Vikettes (5) 54–52 Laurentian Lady Vees Laval University
1988 Manitoba Bisons 61–55 Calgary Dinosaurs University of Lethbridge
1989 Calgary Dinosaurs 92–55 UPEI Panthers Laurentian University
1990 Laurentian Lady Vees (4) 74–65 Calgary Dinosaurs University of Toronto
1991[5] Laurentian Lady Vees (5) 79–72 (OT) Regina Cougars Laval University (2)
1992 Victoria Vikes (6) 64–51 Winnipeg Wesmen University of Prince Edward Island
1993 Winnipeg Wesmen 70–63 Victoria Vikes University of Victoria
1994 Winnipeg Wesmen (2) 90–76 Toronto Varsity Blues University of Calgary (3)
1995 Winnipeg Wesmen (3) 72–61 Manitoba Bisons Lakehead University
1996 Manitoba Bisons (2) 81–77 (OT) Toronto Varsity Blues Laval University (3)
1997 Manitoba Bisons (3) 73–62 York Yeowomen Lakehead University (2)
1998 Victoria Vikes (7) 66–61 Manitoba Bisons Lakehead University (3)
1999 Alberta Pandas 54–46 Victoria Vikes Lakehead University (4)
2000 Victoria Vikes (8) 57–41 Calgary Dinos University of Alberta
2001 Regina Cougars 94–85 Alberta Pandas University of Alberta (2)
2002 Simon Fraser Clan 66–51 Laval Rouge et Or McMaster University
2003 Victoria Vikes (9) 60–51 Winnipeg Wesmen McMaster University (2)
2004 UBC Thunderbirds (4) 60–53 Regina Cougars University of Winnipeg (3)
2005 Simon Fraser Clan (2) 70–60 Winnipeg Wesmen University of Winnipeg (4)
2006 UBC Thunderbirds (5) 56–53 Cape Breton Capers University of New Brunswick (2)
2007 Simon Fraser Clan (3) 72–68 Alberta Pandas Memorial University of Newfoundland
2008 UBC Thunderbirds (6) 67–46 Regina Cougars Physical Activity Complex (PAC) University of Saskatchewan (3)
2009[6] Simon Fraser Clan (4) 68–62 Regina Cougars CKHS, Main Gymnasium University of Regina (2)
2010[6] Simon Fraser Clan (5) 77–56 Windsor Lancers Burridge Gymnasium McMaster University (3)
2011 Windsor Lancers 63–49 Saskatchewan Huskies St. Denis Centre Fieldhouse University of Windsor
2012 Windsor Lancers (2) 69–53 UBC Thunderbirds Jack Simpson Gymnasium University of Calgary (4)
2013 Windsor Lancers (3) 66–57 Regina Cougars CKHS, Main Gymnasium University of Regina (3)
2014[7] Windsor Lancers (4) 71–45 Saint Mary's Huskies St. Denis Centre Fieldhouse University of Windsor (2)
2015[8] Windsor Lancers (5) 60–47 McGill Martlets PEPS Gymnasium Laval University (4)
2016[9] Saskatchewan Huskies 85–71 Ryerson Rams Richard J. Currie Centre University of New Brunswick (3)
2017[10] McGill Martlets 66–55 Laval Rouge et Or CARSA Performance Gym University of Victoria (2)
2018[11] Carleton Ravens 69–48 Saskatchewan Huskies CKHS, Main Gymnasium University of Regina (4)
2019[12] McMaster Marauders 70–58 Laval Rouge et Or Mattamy Athletic Centre Ryerson University
2020 TD Place Arena Carleton University & University of Ottawa
2021 Athletic and Recreation Centre (ARC) Queen's University

External links


  1. ^ a b c d Bronze Baby History
  2. ^ U Sports History
  3. ^ Playing Regulations - Women's Basketball
  4. ^ a b c d e U Sports Hoops Women's Basketball Championship Game Results
  5. ^ "2011 CIS women's basketball championship: Lancers, Huskies lead wide-open field" Canada Varsity. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  6. ^ a b "Clan Wins Back-to-Back CIS Titles". Simon Fraser University. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  7. ^ "Lancers win fourth-straight Bronze Baby". University of Windsor. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 27 Mar 2014.
  8. ^ "Lancers win fourth-straight Bronze Baby". University of Windsor. 2015-03-15. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Huskies win first Bronze Baby, CIS women's basketball title". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. 2016-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  10. ^ "Martlets basketball: National champs! : McGill Reporter". Retrieved 2017-04-03.
  11. ^ Pringle, Josh (2018-03-12). "Carleton Ravens win U SPORTS Title". Ottawa. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  12. ^ Harrigan, Scott (2019-03-12). "McMaster Marauders grabs history with its first Bronze Baby !". ISN. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
2017 U Sports Women's Basketball Championship

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2018 U Sports Women's Basketball Championship

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2019 U Sports Women's Basketball Championship

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