Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith (1) and UConn forward Aaliyah Edwards (3) battle for control of a rebound during the second half of a college basketball game in the Elite Eight round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Monday, March 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Eric Gay

Five Canadians in the running for NCAA basketball championships this weekend

At least one Canadian will win a U.S. college basketball title on Sunday.

Andrew Nembhard could have a chance to give Canada a rare double on Monday.

A Canadian is on each of the teams in the women’s Final Four, which starts tonight in San Antonio.

South Carolina’s Laeticia Amihere of Mississauga, Ont., will square off against Stanford, which has Toronto’s Alyssa Jerome on its roster. Later, Connecticut rookie standout Aaliyah Edwards of Kingston, Ont., faces an Arizona team that includes Shaina Pellington of Pickering, Ont. The final is Sunday.

Nembhard, from Aurora, Ont., is a key player on an unbeaten Gonzaga team that faces UCLA in a men’s semifinal on Saturday in Indianapolis. The winner meets Houston or Baylor in the final on Monday.

According to Basketball Canada records, Canadians never have won the NCAA women’s and men’s titles in the same year. The NCAA began holding a women’s tournament in 1982.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 2, 2021.

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