As we headed into the weekend games, it seemed our misfortunes of the season were going to continue as Paige Robinson & Sydney Kernahan both left practice Thursday due to injuries. Paige was unable to play on Friday, but Sydney was able to tape up her wrist and compete.
Our game against Toronto was a physical affair in which we were dominated in almost every aspect of the game. Our shooting woes continued, averaging only 22% from the floor, 21% from the 3-point line and only 68% from the foul line. With 26 turnovers and being out-rebounded, the final score was not a surprise, 68-46.
However, this team has always managed to regroup and battle hard on Saturday -- something we managed again this weekend. And finally .......... with a positive result on the scoreboard. In a game where we were up 6 points with 6 minutes to play and down 4 with 2 minutes to play, it would take an inbound play with less than 10 seconds remaining, a missed shot, a rebound, followed by another missed shot (but fouled), followed by two made free throws to garner the 62-61 win. And with that win, comes a breath of life back into our struggling team. Our games with York (one game ahead of us in the standing) and Laurentian (tied in the standings) become even more significant, adding to the drama of the season. One game at a time.
Up Next at Home:
Friday, February 11 vs York 6pm
Sat., February 12 vs Laurentian 6pm (Graduating Athlete Night)
Friday, February 18 vs RMC 6pm
Have a great week.
No. 6 Toronto tops Queen's 68-46 in Kingston
Posted by: Michael Grobe (Communications & Sports Information Officer)
2/4/2011 8:27:40 PM
KINGSTON, Ont. (February 4, 2011) � Nicki Schutz of Toronto poured in 20 points as the No. 6 Toronto Varsity Blues toppled the Queen's Gaels 68-46 in OUA women's basketball on Friday at Queen's University.
Schutz, a fifth year senior with the Varsity Blues recorded, her eighth double-double of the season tallying 12 rebounds to go along with her 20 points. She was the game leader in both categories. Ten of her 12 rebounds came on defence.
Gemma Bullard of Guelph, Ont., led the Gaels with 11 points while Queen's guard Liz Boag of Kingston, Ont., was the only other player to break double digits on both teams with 10.
Jill Wheat of Marwayne, Alta., was named Queen's player of the game tallying nine points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Toronto won all but one quarter in the game earning a 17�6 lead after the first quarter. The Gaels put up 18 in the second compared to Toronto's 16, but they couldn't maintain pace as Toronto exploded for 22 in the third while Queen's managed only 10.
Kingston's Erin McNeely had five points and three rebounds in 22 minutes on the floor for the Varsity Blues.
Queen's have now dropped their last seven games with their record sitting at 3-15. They sit in seventh place of the OUA East two points behind Laurentian for the final playoff position.
Toronto improves to 14-4 and riding a seven game winning streak. They are four points behind Carleton for first place in the OUA East.
Tomorrow Queen's will tangle with the Ryerson Rams (9-9). Ryerson is also on a seven game winning streak. Tipoff is set for 6:00pm at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on campus at Queen's.
NOTES: Queen's struggles can be linked to a number of injuries which have plagued the team of late... Against Toronto, the Gaels dressed just three substitutes... Rookie Ryley Beddoe of Toronto was Queen's only player to log less than 20 minutes.
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES 68, QUEEN'S GAELS 46
TORONTO VARSITY BLUES
N Schutz 7-19 6-8 20; S Pierce 3-7 1-2 9; J Medri 2-4 2-2 8; K McConnell
3-10 1-2 7; A Van Kampen 1-4 4-4 6; L Bailey 1-6 2-4 5; E McNeely 2-11 0-0
5; J Stratton 2-4 0-0 4; M Stoncius 0-1 2-4 2; J Longauer 1-1 0-0 2; R Sider
0-0 0-0 0; K Menton 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 22-67 18-28 68.
G Bullard 4-9 1-2 11; L Boag 2-11 5-5 10; B Moore 2-14 5-6 9; J Wheat 2-5
5-7 9; S Kernahan 2-5 3-4 7; R Beddoe 0-2 0-0 0; H Koposhynska 0-4 0-4 0; L
Minutillo 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 12-54 19-28 46.
Toronto Varsity Blues......... 17 16 22 13 - 68
Queen's Gaels................. 6 18 10 12 - 46
3-point goals--Toronto Varsity Blues 6-15 (J Medri 2-2; S Pierce 2-3; E
McNeely 1-5; L Bailey 1-3; A Van Kampen 0-1; N Schutz 0-1), Queen's Gaels
3-14 (G Bullard 2-5; L Boag 1-4; L Minutillo 0-3; B Moore 0-2). Fouled
out--Toronto Varsity Blues-None, Queen's Gaels-H Koposhynska.
Rebounds--Toronto Varsity Blues 40 (N Schutz 12), Queen's Gaels 34 (J Wheat
10). Assists--Toronto Varsity Blues 8 (L Bailey 2; J Medri 2), Queen's Gaels
5 (B Moore 3). Total fouls--Toronto Varsity Blues 21, Queen's Gaels 20.
Technical fouls--Toronto Varsity Blues-None, Queen's Gaels-None.
Bullard leads Queen's in 62-61 win over Ryerson; snap seven game losing streak
Posted by: Michael Grobe (Communications & Sports Information Officer)
2/5/2011 8:46:31 PM
KINGSTON, Ont. (February 5, 2011) � Rookie Gemma Bullard of Guelph, Ont., recorded 14 points including the game winning free-throw as the Queen's Gaels snapped a seven game losing streak in a 62-61 nail bitter against the Ryerson Rams on Saturday.
The win was Queen's first since January 8 (vs. York) and coupled with a Laurentian loss moved the Gaels into tie for sixth place of the OUA East division with just three games remaining. Laurentian lost 72-50 to the Ottawa Gee-Gees in Ottawa.
Bullard was clutch all game posting her first career double-double with 16 rebounds and 14 points. Her 16 boards were a career high tallying seven offensive and nine defensive.
Down 61-60, Bullard drew a foul under the net after missing a layup twice with just two seconds on the clock. She would make up for it on the free-throws converting both shots.
Ryerson had the final possession, but the Gaels defence hung tough as the Rams failed to score leaving the final at 62-61.
Ryerson's Ashley MacDonald of Port Colborne, Ont., poured in 28 points in the loss and was the game's top scorer. She was the only Ryerson player to record over 10 points.
Alexandra Tkaczyk of Cambridge, Ont., led Ryerson with 13 rebounds.
Kingston's Liz Boag turned in a 12 point performance while Brittany Moore of Hannon, Ont., had 10 points in the win for Queen's.
Queen's grabbed a 22-12 first quarter lead and looked to have the game in hand; however the Rams turned the table on the Gaels in the second quarter pouring in 22 points and allowing only nine to take a 34-31 lead into the half.
Bullard turned up her play in the second half scoring nine of her 14 points in the final two frames. She would lead Queen's in a 19 point third quarter which ultimately was the difference.
Turnovers were a problem for the Gaels who committed 26 while Ryerson only turned the ball over eight times.
The win improves Queen's record to 4-15 and sit in sixth place of the OUA East Division tied with Laurentian. Ryerson falls to 9-10 and are in fourth place.
Queen's will host two crucial games next weekend when they contend against fifth place York (5-14) and Laurentian (4-15) on February 4 and 5. They will close their season on February 18 against RMC. All games are set to tip off at 6:00pm at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on campus at Queen's.