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
1972UBC Thunderettes74–69UNB Red BloomersUniversity of Saskatchewan
1973UBC Thunderettes (2)50–30Manitoba BisonsMcGill University
1974UBC Thunderettes (3)67–53UNB Red BloomersUniversity of Winnipeg
1975Laurentian Lady VeesUBC ThunderettesUniversity of New Brunswick
1976Laurentian Lady Vees (2)UNB Red BloomersUniversity of Guelph
1977Laurentian Lady Vees (3)Winnipeg WesmenUniversity of Calgary
1978Laurentian Lady Vees (4)69–51Winnipeg WesmenUniversity of Calgary (2)
1979Laurentian Lady Vees (5)61–53 (2OT)Victoria VikettesUniversity of Regina
1980Victoria Vikettes64–59Dalhousie TigersDalhousie University
1981Victoria Vikettes (2)61–59Bishop's GaitersUniversity of Guelph (2)
1982Victoria Vikettes (3)70–55Bishop's GaitersUniversity of Saskatchewan (2)
1983Bishop's Gaiters64–49Victoria VikettesUniversity of Manitoba
1984Bishop's Gaiters (2)70–62Winnipeg WesmenUniversity of Manitoba (2)
1985Victoria Vikettes (4)71–52Laurentian Lady VeesBishop's University
1986Toronto Varsity Blues68–63Victoria VikettesUniversity of Winnipeg (2)
1987Victoria Vikettes (5)54–52Laurentian Lady VeesLaval University
1988Manitoba Bisons61–55Calgary DinosaursUniversity of Lethbridge
1989Calgary Dinosaurs92–55UPEI PanthersLaurentian University
1990Laurentian Lady Vees (4)74–65Calgary DinosaursUniversity of Toronto
1991[5]Laurentian Lady Vees (5)79–72 (OT)Regina CougarsLaval University (2)
1992Victoria Vikes (6)64–51Winnipeg WesmenUniversity of Prince Edward Island
1993Winnipeg Wesmen70–63Victoria VikesUniversity of Victoria
1994Winnipeg Wesmen (2)90–76Toronto Varsity BluesUniversity of Calgary (3)
1995Winnipeg Wesmen (3)72–61Manitoba BisonsLakehead University
1996Manitoba Bisons (2)81–77 (OT)Toronto Varsity BluesLaval University (3)
1997Manitoba Bisons (3)73–62York YeowomenLakehead University (2)
1998Victoria Vikes (7)66–61Manitoba BisonsLakehead University (3)
1999Alberta Pandas54–46Victoria VikesLakehead University (4)
2000Victoria Vikes (8)57–41Calgary DinosUniversity of Alberta
2001Regina Cougars94–85Alberta PandasUniversity of Alberta (2)
2002Simon Fraser Clan66–51Laval Rouge et OrMcMaster University
2003Victoria Vikes (9)60–51Winnipeg WesmenMcMaster University (2)
2004UBC Thunderbirds (4)60–53Regina CougarsUniversity of Winnipeg (3)
2005Simon Fraser Clan (2)70–60Winnipeg WesmenUniversity of Winnipeg (4)
2006UBC Thunderbirds (5)56–53Cape Breton CapersUniversity of New Brunswick (2)
2007Simon Fraser Clan (3)72–68Alberta PandasMemorial University of Newfoundland
2008UBC Thunderbirds (6)67–46Regina CougarsPhysical Activity Complex (PAC)University of Saskatchewan (3)
2009[6]Simon Fraser Clan (4)68–62Regina CougarsCKHS, Main GymnasiumUniversity of Regina (2)
2010[6]Simon Fraser Clan (5)77–56Windsor LancersBurridge GymnasiumMcMaster University (3)
2011Windsor Lancers63–49Saskatchewan HuskiesSt. Denis Centre FieldhouseUniversity of Windsor
2012Windsor Lancers (2)69–53UBC ThunderbirdsJack Simpson GymnasiumUniversity of Calgary (4)
2013Windsor Lancers (3)66–57Regina CougarsCKHS, Main GymnasiumUniversity of Regina (3)
2014[7]Windsor Lancers (4)71–45Saint Mary's HuskiesSt. Denis Centre FieldhouseUniversity of Windsor (2)
2015[8]Windsor Lancers (5)60–47McGill MartletsPEPS GymnasiumLaval University (4)
2016[9]Saskatchewan Huskies85–71Ryerson RamsRichard J. Currie CentreUniversity of New Brunswick (3)
2017[10]McGill Martlets66–55Laval Rouge et OrCARSA Performance GymUniversity of Victoria (2)
2018[11]Carleton Ravens69–48Saskatchewan HuskiesCKHS, Main GymnasiumUniversity of Regina (4)
2019[12]McMaster Marauders 70–58 Laval Rouge et Or Mattamy Athletic CentreRyerson University
2020TD Place ArenaCarleton University & University of Ottawa
2021Athletic and Recreation Centre (ARC)Queen's University


  1. Bronze Baby History
  2. U Sports History
  3. Playing Regulations - Women's Basketball
  4. U Sports Hoops Women's Basketball Championship Game Results
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  6. "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.
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  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.
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