Thursday, January 13, 2011

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

Our return to league play following our success at the Concordia Tournament did not go exactly as planned. After playing some pretty good basketball in Montreal, we were completely ineffectual up in Sudbury against Laurentian. I am baffled by the extreme swing in our performances, as are our players. It would be easy to chalk it up to the youth (and injuries) of our team, but we have gained enough experience throughout the fall schedule that we should not fall prey to these lapses – another work in progress.

Laurentian beat us in every statistical category and were full value for the throttling (74-50). Brittany Moore managed 11 points despite not being fully healthy, while Liz Boag added 10. Hanna Koposhyska hit double digits in the rebounding category with 11.

York was a very different style game and our performance was significantly better. At Laurentian we managed only 19 points in the first half. At York we put up 19 in the first quarter and added another 25 in the second quarter to grab a 44-31 half time lead. We struggled in the third quarter, with only 9 points (to York’s 13), but recovered in the fourth to score 18 (along with York’s 18), finishing with a 71-62 win. We shot the ball extremely well from all areas, 52% from the floor, 58% from beyond the arc, and 77% from the foul line. Kopshynska had a career high game in points, dropping 20 on 9-14 shooting and 2-2 from the line. Paige Robinson hit for 12, while Moore added 11 and Jill Wheat had a double double with 10 points and 11 boards.

Injury Update: It looks like we will be moving forward with only 9 players as injury reports on Rachael Urosevic and Jordan Tomas have not been favourable. Both will continue to rehab stress fractures in their feet through the winter term. Meaghan MacDougall will undergo knee surgery this week, and Christine Wallace continues to rehab her knee surgery from mid-December.

Web site Update: We are in the process of moving the current onto the web site. I apologize if you have received an error message when visiting the site -- soon it will move you to the new site -- just a bit of a glitch in the timing. We will be continuing to get all the information previously on the .net site to the site as soon as possible.

Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 14 vs Carleton 6pm
Sat., January 15 vs Ottawa 6pm

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 21 @ Ryerson 6pm
Sat., January 22 @ Toronto 6pm

Have a great week! (game reports below)


Laurentian 74, Queens 50
Posted by: Michael Grobe (Communications & Sports Information Officer)
1/7/2011 10:12:54 PM
SUDBURY, Ont. (January 7, 2011) - The Queen's Gaels (2-8) stumbled early and couldn't recover as the Laurentian Lady Vees (2-8) dumped the women's basketball team 74-50 on Friday evening.

The game was the Gaels first regular season match since the holiday break which began on November 27th.

The Lady Vees jumped to an early 19-8 first quarter lead and built that to a 36-19 lead at the half. Although the Gaels managed 17 points in the third quarter, Laurentian posted 19 points in both of the final two quarters to finish 74-50.

Britanny Moore of Hannon, Ont. posted 11 points in the loss while Liz Boag of Kingston contributed 10. Hanna Koposhynska of Toronto tallied a team high 11 rebounds.

Katie Goggins of Hammer, Ont., was the games leading scorer posting 22 points in the win for Laurentian. Lisa Furchner of Sudbury, Ont., recorded a double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The loss puts the Gaels into a three-way tie for fifth place with Laurentian and Ryerson who all have four points in the OUA East Division. Tomorrow night the Gaels will play the 5-5 York Lions on campus at York University. Tipoff is set for 6:00pm.

Koposhynska registers a career high 20 points in 71-62 Queen's win over York
Posted by: Michael Grobe (Communications & Sports Information Officer)
1/8/2011 9:52:54 PM
TORONTO (Janaury 8, 2011) - Hanna Koposhynska of Toronto exploded for a career high 20 points as the Queen's Gaels knocked off the York Lions 71-62 in OUA women's basketball action on Saturday night.

Koposhynska, who was averaging 4.1 points heading into the game, was unstoppable going 9-for-14 from the field and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. She also recorded five rebounds in the win. Her previous regular season career high was eight points coming against RMC last January.

Jill Wheat of Marwayne, Alta. recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Paige Robinson of Calgary had 12 points while Brittany Moore of Hannon, Ont. recorded 11.

Brittany Szockyj of Niagara on the Lake, Ont., was York's top scorer with 16 points.

The win pushes the Gaels record to 3-8 and they remain tied for fifth place in the OUA East with Laurentian who edged RMC 84-44 also on Saturday. The loss drops Yorks record to 5-6 and the Lions sit in fourth place in the OUA East.

Queen's will return to the hardwood next weekend in the belairdirect Rivalry Match up against the first place Carleton Ravens. Tipoff is set for 6:00pm at the Athletics and Recreation Centre on campus at Queen's University.

NOTE: Koposhynska scored 18 points in a Gaels uniform against the Memorial Seahawks during an exhibition match at the Concordia Invitational just last week.