We opened league play over the weekend with only 8 players dressed for the games and came away with a split. We lost 63-53 to Laurier and beat Waterloo, 66-42. (game reports below)
We opened the game very well with Laurier – at a rather hectic pace. Our defense was solid, leading to a number of run-outs and scores in transition. Laurier countered, however, by jamming all of our breakouts, cutters and screeners; effectively slowing the game down. We struggled with the physicality of the game, ultimately throwing us off our rhythm. This is an area of our game requiring specific work, but I am confident that our young team will learn to handle this style.
On Saturday, against Waterloo, we again opened the game very well, racking up 28 first quarter points. Playing a very up-tempo style of game, with significant defensive pressure, allowed us to find our way to the hoop quickly and often. However, the comfort of a 21 point first quarter lead, took the “edge” off our game, and really played mostly uninspired basketball the rest of the way. Everyone in sport knows the difficulty in maintaining focus when the game is out of reach, but as a young team we need to develop these skills to avoid the huge swings in score that we have experienced so far this season – another work in progress.
Gemma Bullard was named Queen’s Athlete of the Week for her 30 point weekend performance. Twenty-one of those points came against Waterloo, shooting 2-4 from the 3-pt. line, 6-9 from the floor and 3-3 from the foul line, while grabbing 5 boards.
Reminder: ID/Training Camp
We will be hosting our annual ID/Training Camp on Sunday, December 5, 2010. We have on-court sessions planned from 9:00 to 11:00am and 1:30 to 3:30pm. Facility tours and question/answer sessions will be held between the on-court sessions. The camp is open to Grade 10, 11 & 12s (females) who may be interested in attending Queen’s in the future. There is no cost to register, but please drop me an email if you plan to attend to help me prepare for the numbers.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 12 @ Guelph 6pm
Sat., November 13 @ Brock 6pm
Friday, November 19 @ McMaster 6pm
Sat., November 20 @ Lakehead 6pm
Have a great week!
Gaels fall 63-53 to Golden Hawks in home opener
Caleb Homewood - Sports Information Student
11/5/2010 11:16:50 PM
KINGSTON, Ont. (November 5, 2010) – The Queen's Gaels let an early 16 point lead slip away as they suffered a 63-53 loss to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in their regular season home opener in Kingston Friday night.
Brittany Moore of Hannon, Ont., led the Gaels with 18 points and six rebounds. Gemma Bullard of Guelph, Ont., also contributed nine points for the Gaels in the loss.
The Gaels dominated the Golden Hawks early in the game with an offensive performance from Moore. Queen's led by as much as 16 points midway through the second quarter. However, the Golden Hawks clawed back in the final minutes of the second quarter to shorten the Gaels lead to two with a score of 29-27.
The Gaels were held to nine points in the third quarter, and a string of turnovers allowed the Golden Hawks to build an eight point lead. Queen's attempted to make a comeback in the final quarter of the game, and a layup from Robinson brought the Gaels within four points. This was as close as Queen's would get, however, as the Laurier kept their lead for a final score of 63-53.
Renata Adamczyk of Greensville, Ont., was the leading scorer for the Golden Hawks with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Bullard scores 21 in 66-42 win over Waterloo
Posted by: Caleb Homewood (Sports Information Student)
11/6/2010 11:14:35 PM
KINGSTON, Ont. (November 6, 2010) – Gemma Bullard of Guelph, Ont., tallied a career-high 21 points as the Queen's Gaels women's basketball team defeated the Waterloo Warriors 66-42 on Saturday.
Bullard playing in just her second career CIS regular season contest was 8-for-13 in seventeen minutes on the floor and contributed five rebounds in the win. Her previous high was nine points in the Gaels loss to Laurier on Friday.
Queen's Sydney Kernahan of Calgary recorded a double-double in the win tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds. Liz Boag of Kingston, Ont., and Lisa Minutillo of Brantford, Ont., each scored 11 points each for the Gaels.
Erin Tilley of Oakville, Ont., led the Warriors with 12 points and 11 rebounds and was the only Warrior to record a double-double.
Queen's established a 19 point lead at the end of the first quarter and rode that lead for the next three quarters. The Gaels would never allow Waterloo within 15 points for the remainder of the game.
Bullard dominated the Warriors posting 19 points in the first half alone.
The win brings the Gaels season record to an even 1-1. Queen's next game is against the Guelph Gryphons in Guelph next Friday November 12.