Monday, October 25, 2010

Women's Basketball -- Game Report

Hi Folks,
A trip to Quebec City provided us with 3 more tough games, lots of playing time for our young players, but no check marks in the win column. (See the game reports courtesy of Q’s SID below)  Injuries continue to be a concern, as Christine Wallace (knee) and Hanna Koposhynska (foot) were joined on the sideline by rookie post, Jordan Tomas (foot injury).   Jill Wheat played all three games with some excellent defense and rebounding, but had her wrist heavily taped (on her shooting hand) to prevent any further injury (sprained last weekend).  Lisa Minutillo hurt her wrist (shooting hand) late in the game on Sunday, when diving for a loose ball.  We will know more on the extent of the injury later today.
On a more positive note, fourth-year guard, Brittany Moore saw her first action since injuring her ankle in early September.  Struggling in her first game, the second outing was noticeably better, while her third game she managed 14 points, including 3 of 7 from behind the arc.  She was also selected to the Tournament All-Star team.
Overall, while discouraged somewhat by the losses, I am encouraged by aspects of our play.  We continue to play hard, regardless of the score.  Our rebounding improved significantly over the weekend, actually out-rebounding a significantly taller Laval squad.  Our turnovers, while still too high, are coming down, and our shooting percentage continued to improve over the weekend.
We have one more weekend of exhibition play, our Tindall Tournament, before diving into league play.  Ottawa U, Guelph and the University of Quebec at Montreal will not make life any easier for us --- gotta love a challenge!
Up Next at Home:
Tindall Tournament
Friday, October 29 vs Ottawa U.       6:00pm
Sat., October 30 vs Guelph               12:00n
Sunday, October 31 vs UQAM          2:00pm
League Play:
Friday, November 5 vs Laurier        6:00pm
Sat., November 6 vs Waterloo        6:00pm
Have a great week.

QUEBEC (October 24, 2010) – Brittany Moore of Hannon, Ont., returned to the Gaels line-up as the Queen's Gaels were winless at the Laval Invitational women's basketball tournament over the weekend in Québec City.

Moore, who had been out of the Gaels lineup with injury, returned over the weekend, posting 14 points in an 89-63 loss to host Laval on Sunday. Moore was three for seven from behind the three-point arc. Jill Wheat of Marwayne, Alta, had 11 points and 10 rebound including seven offensive in the loss. Sydney Kernahan of Calgary had eight points.

On Friday, the Gaels lost 76-55 to Le Dynamo du Québec – a senior team out of Montreal which is filled with former CIS players and two national team players. Liz Boag of Kingston was Queen's top player recording 10 points in 18 minutes on the floor. Gemma Bullard of Guelph, Ont., had nine points while Moore contributed five in her return to action.

Saturday saw the Gaels in tough falling 70-56 to St.FX. Queen's opened that game with slim 28-27 lead at the half, but fell after a disastrous third quarter which saw Queen's score only six points. Bullard and Meaghan MacDougall of Martintown, Ont., led the Gaels in scoring with nine points each. Moore had seven in the loss.

Queen's will conclude the exhibition season next weekend hosting the Tindall women's basketball invitational at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). Ottawa, Guelph, UQAM and Queen's will compete.