Monday, January 23, 2017

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

Not to sound too repetitive, but …… another successful weekend on the road, beating Brock 79-72 and then defeating McMaster (who was ranked #1 in the country), 70-68.  It runs our league record to 12-0 and marks the first time we have knocked off a #1 ranked team in the country.  Our depth continues to be a significant factor in our success.  Despite being second in the country in scoring (as a team), we do not have a single player in the top 50 in scoring.  Over the course of the season, we have had 9 different players lead us in scoring.  Last week, Robyn Pearson was named Athlete of the Week at Queen’s (for the second time) for her outstanding performances against Ryerson & Toronto.  It also marks the 4th straight week and member of the women’s basketball team has been named Athlete of the Week (dating back to December).

Queen’s 79 – Brock 72
In the early going, this was a back and forth affair until about 4 minutes in when Brock went on an 8-2 run to go up 16-8.  We settled down and went on a 12-0 run of our own and finished the quarter up 22-20.  The second quarter was strictly a back and forth affair until Brock managed a 6-point lead with 2 minutes to go.  We closed out the quarter a little better, ending with a 37-36 lead.  Unfortunately, Emily Hazlett took an elbow to the nose late in the quarter and did not return to action (although she wanted to).  Brock managed to gain the lead, 37-38 before we went back in front for good, although only by a couple of points.  We outscored Brock 22-17 to lead 59-55 heading into the fourth quarter.  We began to pull away midway through the fourth to lead by as many as 15 (75-60) before Brock began chipping away.  We still outscored them 20-17 in the quarter to finish with a hard fought 79-72 win.  Andrea Priamo dominated the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, with Robyn Pearson not far behind with 12 points and 15 rebounds.  Marianne Alarie also hit double digits with 10 points and 2 steals.


Queen’s 70 – McMaster 68
We started a little “tight” in this one missing our first six shots, before finding range.  We trailed 2-9 before settling down, outscoring McMaster 14-4 in the last 6 minutes of the quarter to lead 16-13 after one.  Our defense continued to be strong in the second quarter, as we slowly increased our lead to 7, while holding McMaster to only 12 points in the quarter.  We were up 32-25 at the break.  Our defensive pressure continued in the third quarter pushing Mac’s turnovers up to 20, while we outscored them 24-20 in the quarter to take a 56-45 lead into the final frame.  Early in the fourth quarter we managed to get the lead up to 12 (58-46) before Mac started to chip away.  With 3 minutes to go, our lead was down to 1-point (63-62).  For the next 3 minutes, it was a back and forth affair, although we never relinquished the lead, nor was the game every tied.  Mac’s best opportunity came with 6 seconds on the clock and a baseline inbound play, but were unable to convert.  Abby Dixon was fouled on the rebound and converted on 1 of her free throws to seal the 2-point victory, 70-68.  Abby finished with a team-high 16 points, 6 boards and 4 steals.  Her defense throughout the game was outstanding!  Emily Hazlett finished with 14 points and 5 assists, while Veronika Lavergne added 11 points, 3 boards and 2 blocked shots.  Robyn Pearson just missed her double-double, with 10 points and 9 boards, and 4 assists.


Up Next at Home
Friday, January 27 vs. Nipissing  6pm
Saturday, January 28 vs. Laurentian  6pm

Up Next on the Road
Friday, February 3 @ Ryerson  6pm
Saturday, February 4 @ Toronto  6pm

Have a great week!


Dave.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

Another successful weekend, as we beat Ryerson 79-75 in overtime, and Toronto 86-63.  In the last 3 weeks, we have beaten the #8, #7, & #6 team in the country, and continue to hold on to our #5 ranking.  We are now the only undefeated team in the country in league play with a 10-0 record.

Michelle Istead – newest Gael
I am very pleased to announce the signing of Michelle Istead to our 2017 roster.  Michelle, an Ottawa native, is a 5-8 guard heading into the Queen’s Kinesiology program.  She is a 3-time member of the Ontario Provincial Team, 2-time JUEL All-Star, was selected to the JUEL All-Defensive team, and was awarded the Dunbar Medical Community Service Award.  Michelle is a perfect fit for our program: she brings a tenacity on defence, an excellent array of offensive talent, and an incredibly competitive spirit that is becoming the hallmark of our Queen’s team.  Combining all that with outstanding character, and high academic achievement, it is not surprising that Michelle has already been warmly received into our basketball family.

Queen’s 79 – Ryerson 75 (OT)
As one might expect with teams ranked 1 spot apart in the national rankings, it was a very closely contested game which featured 10 lead changes and 12 ties.  Midway through the first quarter, Ryerson grabbed what would be, their largest lead of the game (5 points) before we climbed back to finish with a 16-15 lead after one.  In the second quarter, the pace of the game continued to increase, and while we gave up more shots than in the first quarter, our defense was a little tighter.  We finished with a 20-15 quarter, to lead 36-30 at half, which would prove to be our largest lead of the game.  We went very cold shooting in the third quarter, despite good opportunities, converting on only 3 of 18 shots (after 7 of 17 in each of the first two quarters).  Ryerson outscored us 13-18 to get within 1 point after 3 quarters.  Our shooting percentage was much better in the fourth quarter (5 of 12), but Ryerson was even better (7 of 12), and managed a bank 3 point shot with only a couple of seconds left in the fourth to force the overtime.  In overtime, our offensive execution was outstanding scoring on 6 of our 8 shots and both of our free throws to outscore Ryerson 14-10 in the 5 min. frame.  Abby Dixon recorded a career high with 21 points, 3 assists and 2 steals to go along with her excellent defense.  Four other players also hit double digits in scoring:  Emily Hazlett 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists; Robyn Pearson 11 points, 7 boards; Andrea Priamo 10 points, 7 boards; and Marianne Alarie 10 points, 5 boards and 2 steals.


Queen’s 86 – Toronto 63
I thought we started this game quite well (having been concerned about the potential letdown after the emotional win the night before).  We shot 50% from the floor, and held Toronto to 21% to take a commanding 22-9 first quarter lead.  From that point on, although our offense continued to be effective, our defense (and careless turnovers) left us with only marginal gains in each of the next three quarters.  We outscored Toronto 22-17 in the second, 20-18 in the third and 22-19.  We did, however, do a good job at exploiting our size advantage in the post with Andrea Priamo, Robyn Pearson and Veronika Lavergne all posting double digits in scoring.  Andrea led the way with 19 points and 7 rebounds – a season high for her; Robyn notched another double-double, with 15 points and 11 boards; while Veronika had 13 points, 5 boards and 3 steals.


Saturday’s game also marked our “Shoot for the Cure”, Breast Cancer Research game.  The players raised $375 in ticket sales, but the showcase event was the hair-cutting at half-time of the men’s game.  Andrea Priamo, who is the driving force behind the event, Adriana Conti, Trainer Katherine Bernard Yip-Choy, and sailing athlete Victoria Restivo all donated locks of their hair for patients needing wigs.  Our team members have combined their efforts with the “Run for the Cure” from the fall, where a number of other team members also joined in including: Sarah Saftich, Bridget Mulholland, Myriam Fontaine, Emily Hazlett, Kat Holt, Veronika Lavergne, Emma Ritcey, Megan Saftich, and trainer, Chris Brooker.  All-in, the have raised more than $2,600!


Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 20 @ Brock  6pm
Saturday, January 21 @ McMaster  6pm

Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 27 vs. Nipissing  6pm
Saturday, January 28 vs. Laurentian  6pm

Have a great week!

Dave.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

We had a very successful weekend on the road, beating Western 69-49, and Windsor 73-56, to run our league record to 8 and 0.  We are currently ranked #1 in Ontario and will have to see where we land in the country’s Top 10 (our loss to Acadia in exhibition will hurt us, but wins over St. Mary’s #8 and Windsor #7 will help).

Queen’s 69 – Western 49
This game was a much tougher battle than the score might indicate, although we did get off to a great start in the game and led 21-12 after the first on 40% shooting.  Our defense, which has been getting consistently better, held Western to 28% in the opening frame.  However, the second quarter was a different story, with Western exploiting some sloppy defense on our part and getting their shooting percentage to a respectable 40%.  However, despite only shooting 34%, we were able to capitalize on second chance point and turnovers to outscore Western 15-14 and go into half time with a 36-26 lead.  The third quarter was much a repeat of the second – our defense not as solid as we would like, but crashing the offensive glass and getting second chance points.  The third quarter ended in a 16-16 draw.  The first 3 minutes of the fourth were the same, until a Western player (Alex Van heeswyk) went down and stayed down with an injury.  Taking the proper precautions, she was transported via spinal board to hospital (she is now recovering with no permanent damage).  Following the 30min. delay, we came out as sharp as how we started the game, and quickly turned the 10-point lead into 20, surrendering only 1 field goal in the quarter, while outscoring Western 17-7.  Andrea Priamo lead the way in scoring with 15 points and 9 boards, while Veronika Lavergne had 12 points and 6 boards.  Emily Hazlett finished with 10 points, and Robyn Pearson hit double digits with her 14 rebounds.

Q’s SID Report: http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2017/1/6/WBB_v_Western.aspx?path=wbball

Queen’s 73 – Windsor 56
Ranked #7 in the country, we knew we were in for a battle in Windsor’s gym, however, it was us that took the aggressive approach and it paid off.  Windsor executed their quarter court offence well early in the game, only to have us beat them down the court and score in transition – both after misses and after scores.  We opened up a 4 point first quarter lead, 19-15.  Then our defence took over: our ability to pressure the ball carrier and their wings almost completely shut down Windsor’s offence forcing 9 turnovers in the quarter.  We outscored them 22-8 in the second to carry a 41-23 lead into half time.  Our defense continued to dominate in the third quarter, although our offense struggled. We again, held Windsor to 8 points while putting up 13.  The lead did not fluctuate through the first half of the fourth quarter, but Windsor managed to chip away in the final 5 minutes to reduce the 23-point margin down to 17.  Despite scoring 73 points, we only had one player in double figures – a very balanced attack.  Abby Dixon scored 15 points and had 5 steals, but it was all the other “pressures” she exerted that really made her a standout in the game.  Emily Hazlett set a new career high with 10 assists as she continued to draw defenders and find the open player.  Robyn Pearson continued her dominance on the boards with 11 rebounds.

Q’s SID Report:  http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2017/1/7/wbb_v_Windsor.aspx?path=wbball

Fittingly, Emily Hazlett has been named the Queen’s Athlete of the Week.

One sad note to pass along: former Women’s Basketball Student Trainer, Julie Moon has passed away at the age of 38 from Pancreatic Cancer.  Julie served as our trainer from 1999 to 2001 and was the recipient of the “Hal Dunlop Shield” in 2001, which is awarded each year to the top student trainer.  Julie was not only an outstanding trainer, but a great friend and confident to the players, helping the team to our first National Championship appearance in 2001.  Julie’s older sister, Wendy, was a member of the Gaels for the 5 years prior to Julie’s tenure.  Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.

Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 13 vs. Ryerson  6pm
Saturday, January 14 vs. Toronto  6pm (Shoot for the Cure – Breast Cancer game)*

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 20 @ Brock  6pm
Saturday, January 21 @ McMaster  6pm

* Some of our players will be cutting their hair at half time of the men’s game to be donated for the production of wigs for cancer patients.  Monetary donations can be made at the following site:
http://cibcrunforthecure.supportcbcf.com/site/TR/RunfortheCureFY17/RFTC17?team_id=102679&pg=team&fr_id=2534

This site has been in place since the fall, when the players started raising money through the Run for the Cure program and are continuing with our Shoot for the Cure initiative.

Have a great week!

Dave.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Happy New Year!

We made our way to the east coast on the 27th of December to compete in the Thunder Selects Basketball Tournament held at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.  We opened with an ugly win over the #8 ranked St. Mary’s Huskies, followed by a disappointing loss to Acadia, and then a decent win over Dalhousie.  We did manage to squeeze in time to take the team out to Peggy’s Cove on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny morning – the players loved it.

Queen’s 55 – St. Mary’s 47
Given that we (and St. Mary’s) had almost a month off since our last full team practice, it is not too surprising that precision was not the order of the day.  This seemed to affect our shooting percentage more than anything, but our passing suffered also.  On the positive side, our “grind-out” defence, in particular the pressure we exerted on the ball, allowed us to pull out the win.  The first quarter showed little finesse by either team and resulted in a 13-8 lead for us, shooting only 29% to St. Mary’s 20% from the floor.  St. Mary’s turned the tables in the second quarter, outscoring us 11-16 to go into half in a 24 all tie.  We shot only 26% in the quarter compared to St. Mary’s 36%.  The third quarter, while still not great, was our best of the game, outscoring St. Mary’s 17-8 while shooting 46% and holding our opponent to only 10%.  St. Mary’s outscored us by 1 in the fourth, 14-15.  No question our defence, and our ability to challenge St. Mary’s 3-point shooters, made the difference.  This game did emphasize the depth of our team, however, as 27 of our 55 points came from our bench.  Emily Hazlett (playing closer to home – she’s from New Brunswick) finished with 10 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, and was named Player of the Game for Queen’s.  Marianne Alarie also scored 10 points to go along with her 4 boards and 2 steals.  Abby Dixon continued her tenacious defensive work, exerting enormous pressure on the St. Mary’s guards and shooters.

Queen’s 52 – Acadia 73
As disappointing as this performance was, I must give a lot of credit to Acadia, who came out with a great deal of intensity, looking to avenge their loss to us in the pre-season.  It was evident early on in the game that our “legs were not with us”.  There was no lift in our shots and everything fell short.  Acadia outscored us 11-15 in the first, despite the fact that we had more shots than them.  We were 0 for 5 from behind the arc.  The game picked up in the second quarter, but our turnovers led to more scoring opportunities for Acadia, and they capitalized stretching their 4-point lead to 8 with a 20-24 quarter.  Acadia continued to execute in the third quarter and added another 8 points to their lead, 14-22.  Our execution in the fourth continued to struggle, only managing 7 points (to Acadia’s 12) on 12% shooting.  Our overall game shooting was only 27% and we turned the ball over 27 times.  Marianne Alarie finished with 14 points, 4 assists and 4 steals (and was named Player of the Game for Queen’s), while Myriam Fontaine chipped in with 10 points and 4 boards.

Queen’s 77 – Dalhousie 48
We got off to a very slow start in this game against a very young, but talented Dalhousie team.  Despite taking 5 more shots than Dal in the quarter, they led 14-17 after one.  Our defence really clamped down in the second quarter, forcing 10 turnovers.  Unfortunately, we struggled to convert the turnovers into points and only outscored Dal 12-6 to take a 26-23 half-time lead.  The third quarter looked like our team in mid-stride from the fall, dominating every aspect of the game.  We outscored Dalhousie 30-10 shooting 52% from the floor, 50% from the 3pt line and 83% from the foul line.  We continued to roll in the fourth quarter, winning 21-15.  Once again, our team depth was evident with 32 of our 77 points coming off the bench.  Gemma Bullard showed signs of her previous all-star status with a very efficient 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals (and was named Player of the Game for Queen’s), while Marianne Alarie and Robyn Pearson each added 12 points.  Robyn just missed her double-double, with 9 rebounds.  Emma Ritcey had a perfect game shooting (2 for 2 from the floor, 1 for 1 from the 3pt line, and 4 for 4 from the foul line), to finish with 11 points.  Abby Dixon was recognized as a Tournament All-Star, primarily for her outstanding defensive work, but with a solid all-around performance as well.

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 6 @ Western  6pm
Saturday, January 7 @ Windsor  6pm

Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 13 vs. Ryerson  6pm
Saturday, January 14 vs. Toronto  6pm (Shoot for the Cure – Breast Cancer Research game)

Have a great week!

Dave.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Women's Basketball - Update

Hi Folks,

I thought I would provide a brief re-cap of the fall season, but first, congratulations to Robyn Pearson, who was named the Queen’s Athlete of the Week last week for her record-breaking performance (rebounding) in our win against Algoma.  She has cracked the OUA All-time Top 10 list for rebounding and has her sights on climbing the list in the second semester.

We are 6-0 in league play with wins:
at York, 85-54
at Guelph, 63-47
vs. Laurier, 84-78
vs. Waterloo, 93-63
at Lakehead, 68-61
vs. Algoma, 73-33

The U-Sports (formerly CIS) keeps track of team (and individual) statistics across the 47 teams in the country, rating 23 different categories related to on-court performance.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the highlights:

We are currently ranked #1 in the country in 5 of the 23 categories:
·         Points per game (77.7)
·         Field Goals made per game (28.8)
·         Field Goals attempted per game (72.2)
·         Offensive Rebounds per game (20.5)
·         Blocks per game (5.2)

Other categories where we are in the Top 10 in the country:
·         Field Goal % (9th)
·         3 Point Field Goal % (9th)
·         Free Throws made per game (10th)
·         Free Throws attempted per game (8th)
·         Total Rebound per game (3rd)
·         Rebound margin per game (4th)
·         Steals per game (10th)
·         Personal fouls per game (9th)(least)
·         Points allowed per game (7th)
·         Opponent’s Field Goal % (2nd)(least)
·         Opponent’s 3 Point Field Goal % (10th)(least)

Our biggest area requiring improvement is the turnover category.  We rank 23rd in the country with a whopping 18.8 turnovers per game.  While this is somewhat a product of the fast-paced game we play, it is still an area that needs to be improved significantly as we move into the second semester……..a semester that will feature some much tougher games.

Up Next on the Road:
Thunder Selects Tournament (at St. Mary’s University) – Halifax, NS
Wednesday, December 28 vs. St. Mary’s  6pm (local time)
Thursday, December 29 vs. Acadia  7pm
Friday, December 30 vs. Dalhousie  2pm

As this will be my last Newsletter prior to the holiday break, on behalf of our entire team, I would like to wish you and your family a very safe and enjoyable holiday season.

All the best.

Dave.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

We finished out the fall portion of our season with a win over Algoma to remain the only undefeated Ontario team in league play (6-0).  Also of note, Marianne Alarie was selected as the Queen’s Athlete of the Week last week, following her dominant performance against Lakehead.

Queen’s 73 – Algoma 33
Algoma came into the game as the country’s 2nd best 3-point % shooting team (37%) and 2nd in 3-point shots made per game (8.6).  One of our primary defensive goals was to chase them off the 3-point line.  Algoma came out very aggressive in the first quarter, beating us to loose balls and forcing us into 7 turnovers.  They went 3 for 9 from the 3-point line, but struggled from the 2-point line.  We ended the quarter with a 16-12 lead.  We settled down in the second quarter, and did a better job of forcing them off the 3-point line, going 0 for 3 and only generating 5 points to our 14.  We led 30-17 at the break with only 2 turnovers in the quarter.  Our defensive pressure continued to intensify in the second half and we dominated both the third and fourth quarters, 22-9 and 21-7 respectively to finish with the 73-33 win.  We did hold Algoma to 26% from the 3-point line, while shooting 42% ourselves.  I thought we shared the basketball very well (17 assists), with all 12 players scoring.  Veronika Lavergne topped the scoring list with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Robyn Pearson had another double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.  With those rebounds (now totaling 738), Robyn has now entered the OUA Top 10 for all-time career rebounding – outstanding!  Emily Hazlett also hit double digits as she scored 10 points to go along with her 6 assists.


Our league schedule resumes on the road in January against Western (January 6th) and Windsor (Jan 7th).  However, we do have 3 exhibition games in Halifax prior to New Years.

Up Next on the Road:
Thunder Selects Tournament (at St. Mary’s University) – Halifax, NS
Wednesday, December 28 vs. St. Mary’s  6pm (local time)
Thursday, December 29 vs. Acadia  7pm
Friday, December 30 vs. Dalhousie  2pm

Have a great week!

Dave.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

Just a single game to report on this week as we headed to Thunder Bay to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves.  In a hard fought battle, we maintained our undefeated season, prevailing 68-61.  With the lower scoring, we have dropped to 2nd in the country in that department, while holding on to the 6th spot in the National Top 10 ranking (and 2nd on the OUA ranking).  We finish out our fall schedule at home this coming Saturday (December 3).

Queen’s 68 – Lakehead 61
We were a little slow out of the gates in this one, only connecting on 5 of 14 first quarter shots.  However, our defence was quite good, only surrendering 8 points to our 12.  The game opened up considerably in the second quarter, as we built on our 4-point lead, only to have Lakehead respond near half time to reduce the lead back to 4.  Each team finished with 21 in the quarter, giving us a 33 – 29 lead at the break.  Once again we built the lead to double digits in the third, and once again Lakehead answered back.  We outscored Lakehead 17-15 to take a 7-point lead into the fourth.  Once more we built a double digit lead, only to have Lakehead claw their way back, getting the margin to 3 points with 3 minutes to go.  We closed out the last 3 minutes well to win the quarter 18-17 and the game 68-61.  We were very much buoyed by the resurgence of our 3-point game, going 6 for 12 on the evening, but were held back by our turnovers – a whopping 28.  Marianne Alarie led all scorers with 22 points, while Abby Dixon had 14 points and 4 steals.  Veronika Lavergne came up big, especially in the fourth quarter, scoring 7 of her 11 points in the frame, to go along with 6 rebounds, and Andrea Priamo continued her solid play with 10 points and 8 boards.

Last call for our annual ID/Training Camp this Sunday, December 4th).  It will involve on-court sessions with the Q’s coaching staff from 9:30-11:45am and again 1:30-3:30pm, along with a facility tour and Q&A session in between.  It is intended for student athletes in Grades 10-12 who may have an interest in Queen’s down the road.  There is no cost for the Training Camp, but please drop me an email if you would like to attend, so I can prepare for the numbers.

Up Next at Home:
Saturday, December 3 vs. Algoma  6pm

Up Next on the Road:
Thunder Selects Tournament (at St. Mary’s University) – Halifax, NS
Wednesday, December 28 vs. St. Mary’s  6pm (local time)
Thursday, December 29 vs. Acadia  7pm
Friday, December 30 vs. Dalhousie  2pm

Have a great week.

Dave.


Monday, November 21, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

Our league home opening weekend proved successful with a pair of wins over two previously undefeated teams, Laurier and Waterloo, moving us to 4-0 on the season, and sitting 7th in the national polls.  We also lead the nation is points per game (81.3), offensive rebounding (22.5) and in blocked shots (5.8) in the young season.

Queen’s 84 – Laurier 78
Although we jumped out to an early lead, this game became like most of our games over the last few years with Laurier; a tightly contested, back and forth battle.  The game was tied on 7 occasions and featured 11 lead changes.  Despite grabbing an early 14-1 lead, Laurier closed the opening quarter on a 10-0 run, leaving us with a 24-21 lead.  After shooting 45% in the first quarter, we dropped to 32% in the second, but still managed to outscore Laurier by 1, 18-17 to take a 4-point lead into half time, 42-38.  Laurier’s shooting percentage jumped in the third quarter to 47%, while ours rose to 39%.  Laurier erased the 4-point deficit and the game was tied at 62 heading into the fourth.  Shooting percentage was key in the fourth as ours raised to 41.2%, while Laurier’s dropped to 37%, allowing us the 6-point margin, 22-16, finishing with the 84-78 win.  Laurier played almost 35 minutes of zone defense – our first real test against a prolonged zone.  I am pleased with our point production against their zone.  Our defence, however, is allowing too many points and requires some improvements.  Marianne Alarie continued her stellar offensive production with 22 points, along with 7 boards, 4 assists and 4 steals.  Robyn Pearson recorded another double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.  Emily Hazlett, in addition to her tenacious defense, continues to shine on offense, with 11 points and 4 assists.  Gemma Bullard showed signs of why she was an All-Star, dropping an efficient 11 points on 3 of 5 shooting.  Andrea Priamo also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Queen’s 93 – Waterloo 63
Waterloo came out strong (following their wins over York and Toronto) and kept pace for the first 5 minutes of the quarter, before we started to pull away.  We shot a very efficient 11 of 19 (58%) to grab a 28-15 quarter lead.  Although our shooting percentage dropped in the second quarter (41%), our defense tightened, outscoring Waterloo, 15-7, to lead 43-22 at half.  We opened the third quarter with a good run, and never let up, outscoring Waterloo, 27-18, while shooting 44% from the floor.  Waterloo found their range in the fourth and matched our scoring at 23 to finish with the 93-63 final.  Our 30-point game margin was also matched by our rebounding margin, 54-24. Marianne Alarie finished with 17, while Emily Hazlett dropped 11.  Andrea Priamo and Bridget Mulholland each had 11 points, while Veronika Lavernge just missed a double-double with 9 points and 9 boards. 

Just over a week away for our annual ID/Training Camp in early December (Sunday the 4th).  It will involve on-court sessions with the Q’s coaching staff from 9:30-11:45am and again 1:30-3:30pm, along with a facility tour and Q&A session in between.  It is intended for student athletes in Grades 10-12 who may have an interest in Queen’s down the road.  There is no cost for the Training Camp, but please drop me an email if you would like to attend, so I can prepare for the numbers.
 
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 25 @ Lakehead  6pm

Up Next at Home:
Saturday, December 3 vs. Algoma  6pm


Have a great week.
 
Dave.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

League play opened this past weekend with us on the road at York on Friday and Guelph on Saturday.  We came into league play ranked 7th in the country, and came away with two wins.

Queen’s 85 – York 54
We opened the scoring in this game and never relinquished the lead, although York was very solid in the opening quarter.  We finished the quarter up 18-15 on the difference of shooting percentage: 39% to 26% -- neither of which are impressive numbers.  It was the second quarter where our pressure defense began to force York into more errors, leading to runouts.  We outscored York 25-12 to take a 43-27 half time lead.  We opened the third quarter the same way we finished the second, blowing the game wide open.  On the back of our defence work, and runouts, we outscored York 24-13 in the quarter.  With the game out of reach, I thought we still stayed quite focused in the fourth, not allowing York to gain any momentum.  We scored 18 to York’s 14 to finish with the 85-54 win.  Both our scoring and rebounding were spread amongst our 12 active players – despite scoring 85 points our leading scorer only had 14, and despite out-rebounding York 52-31, our leading rebounder had 9.  Kat Holt and Marianna Alarie led the way in scoring with 14 points apiece, while Robyn Pearson was 1 rebound away from a double-double, with 12 points and 9 boards.

Queen’s 63 – Guelph 47
This was a very different style of game, as Guelph did a very good job of slowing the pace and bogging down our interior play.  It was also a game of short runs, 6 or 8 points in a row by us, followed by 6 or 8 by Guelph.  Once again, we scored first in the game and never relinquished the lead.  However, both teams also had difficulty with shooting accuracy.  We had our mini-run to go up 12-5, only to have Guelph score the final 6 points of the quarter – we led 12-11 after one, shooting only 28%.  We got untracked a little more in the second quarter, again our defense forcing a number of turnovers.  Our shooting % climbed to 38%, still well below our targets, but allowed us to outscore Guelph 19-16 and hold a 31-27 half time lead.  The mini-runs continued in the third quarter, with us going on an 8 point run to grab a double-digit lead, only to have Guelph come back with a 6 point run of their own.  We finished the quarter with a short 4 point run to outscore Guelph 16-11 in the third.  Neither team could find the bottom of the net for the early going in the fourth.  The spread was only 8 with 2 minutes to go in the quarter.  However, our best execution of the day came in those last 2 minutes, finishing with a 10-2 run to outscore Guelph 16-9 to finish with the 63-47 win.  Our shooting % from the floor was quite dismal (29.6%), but we did have a bright spot from the foul line, going 15 for 18 (83.3%).  Robyn Pearson, despite a very slow start to the game, finished with an impressive double-double, 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Emily Hazlett (who had a terrific weekend running our offenses and creating enormous problems for the opposition’s point guards) finished with 12 points on 4 of 9 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the line.  Veronika Lavergne, like Robyn, was able to overcome some of Guelph’s physical play to finish with 10 points.

Numbers continue to climb for our annual ID/Training Camp in early December (Sunday the 4th).  It will involve on-court sessions with the Q’s coaching staff from 9:30-11:45am and again 1:30-3:30pm, along with a facility tour and Q&A session in between.  It is intended for student athletes in Grades 10-12 who may have an interest in Queen’s down the road.  There is no cost for the Training Camp, but please drop me an email if you would like to attend, so I can prepare for the numbers.

Up Next at Home:
Friday, November 18 vs. Laurier  6pm
Saturday, November 19 vs. Waterloo  2pm (note afternoon time)

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 25 @ Lakehead  6pm

Have a great week.


Dave.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

We wrapped up our pre-season exhibition play on the weekend with games in Montreal (UQAM) on Friday, and Ottawa (Ottawa U.) on Saturday.  Both were very physical, tough battles, leaving us with one win and one loss.  Our exhibition schedule has provided us with great competition, with a variety of styles of play.  Hopefully, this will help us be better prepared as we move into league play.  We have this weekend off and then open on the road the following week at York.

Queen’s 78 – UQAM 74
Our defense was severely lacking in the opening quarter of this game, as UQAM continually found ways to score in the paint.  In fact, they scored 23 points in the opening frame (to our 20), with all of the points scored from within the key (20) and from the foul line (3).  Sometimes I should be careful what I wish for, as we closed down the inside a little better in the second quarter, only to have them shoot 3 of 6 from beyond the arc, and outscore us 16-19 in the quarter to take a 36-42 lead at the half.  Rebounding at the half was pretty close to even, but that was about to change in the second half.  Although we only put up 14 points in the third quarter, we held UQAM to just 6.  With a two point lead, heading into the fourth, we managed to widen the gap to 8 points at one point, only to have UQAM bring it back to 4, but never any closer.  Offense for both teams got rolling in the fourth as we put up 28 points to UQAM’s 26, to finish with the 78-74 win.  We out-rebounded UQAM 56-35 in the game, which also helped us get to the foul line 30 times in the game (converting on 21).  Andrea Priamo had another outstanding game with a double-double, 15 points, 12 boards and 4 steals. Marianne Alarie finished with 14 points, Robyn Pearson 13, and Abby Dixon with 10.  Emily Hazlett had another fine showing at the point guard position, with 9 points and 7 assists.

Queen’s 52 – Ottawa 59
Well this was the usual slug-fest we have come to expect with a game with Ottawa.  It is not the prettiest of games to watch (relayed to me many times from those in attendance), but Ottawa’s highly disciplined defense makes it difficult to get good looks.  And when we got a decent look, often we rushed more than necessary.  All this to say, we only scored 5 points in the first quarter (1 Field goal, and 3 foul shots), and still we only trailed by 6.  The game continued to be a grind in the second quarter as we only managed 5 field goals (13 points) to Ottawa’s 4 field goals (16 points), but Ottawa converted on 8 of 12 foul shots.  This left us down 18-27 at the half.  Our scoring picked up a little more in the third quarter (16) to Ottawa’s 19 to trail 34-46.  We made a little run in the fourth quarter to cut into Ottawa’s lead, but only outscored them by 5 overall to leave us with the 52-59 loss.  Turnovers plagued us badly in the game (21), and poor 3pt. shooting (16.7%).  The only double digits we hit were in the Rebounding category, with Andrea Priamo grabbing 12 and Robyn Pearson 11.

Re-cap of our Pre-Season Games
Queen’s 93 – St. Lawrence 35
Queen’s 76 – Acadia 69
Queen’s 66 – Alberta 63
Queen’s 51 – Laval 65
Queen’s 85 – Thompson Rivers 57
Queen’s 73 – Concordia 65
Queen’s 60 – Carleton 67
Queen’s 78 – UQAM 74
Queen’s 52 – Ottawa 59

We will be hosting our annual ID/Training Camp in early December (Sunday the 4th) once again this year.  It will involve on-court sessions with the Q’s coaching staff from 9:30-11:45am and again 1:30-3:30pm, along with a facility tour and Q&A session in between.  It is intended for student athletes in Grades 10-12 who may have an interest in Queen’s down the road.  There is no cost for the Training Camp, but please drop me an email if you would like to attend, so I can prepare for the numbers.

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 11 @ York  6pm (League opener)
Saturday, November 12 @ Guelph  6pm

Up Next at Home:
Friday, November 18 vs. Laurier  6pm
Saturday, November 19 vs. Waterloo  6pm

Have a great week (or two)!

Dave.