I’ve been sitting at my computer for some time …. without typing a single word. This is my least favourite Game Report of the season – the one that signals the end of our season. With our loss to Ryerson (62-51), our four-game winning streak came to an end and we have been eliminated from further play.
Unfortunately it was not our best performance, as we struggled badly to control our own boards, giving Ryerson many more scoring opportunities. It also led to fouls, which would prove to be a factor in our substitutions. Surprisingly, despite our poor rebounding, we managed a flurry of points at the end of the first quarter to lead 16-12. Ryerson made that back up in the second quarter, outscoring us 19-15 to go into half time tied at 31. The third quarter can only be described as dismal, recording our lowest numbers of the season: 4 points on 6% shooting. We trailed by nine heading into the fourth, only to go down double digits early in the quarter. A small surge by us reduced the lead to 4, but that was as close as we would get – eventually fouling to get the ball back – but Ryerson was successful in converting their free throws.
Disappointing to say the least, but as our Sports Information Officer points out in his article (below), only 2 of our players had played in more than 1 playoff game before this game.
Jill Wheat’s university career has come to an end. No question she was the heart and soul of our defense and one of the best on-court teachers (of her teammates) I have ever had the privilege to coach. She will be sorely missed moving forward.
Brittany Moore also graduates this year with a host of Queen’s and OUA/CIS records to her credit. I am optimistic her bid to the Faculty of Education for next season will put her back in a Gaels uniform for a fifth season, allowing her to smash many records she has already toppled.
While this is the last Game Report of the season, I will be back on-line with Updates as we look forward to various award banquets and other information in and around Queen’s Basketball.
Thanks for your continued support and encouragement – it is truly appreciated.
Gaels lose OUA east quarter-final to Ryerson 62-51
Posted by: Michael Grobe (Communications & Sports Information Officer)
2/23/2011 8:44:48 PM
TORONTO (February 23, 2010) – After riding a four game winning streak into the OUA playoffs, the Queen's Gaels (7-16) women's basketball season came to a halt with a 62-51 defeat to the Ryerson Rams (10-12) in the OUA east divisional quarter-final on Wednesday.
Ryerson's Kelsey Wright of Brampton, Ont., poured in 22 points in the win advancing the Rams into the east division semi-finals set for Friday against the Toronto Varsity Blues at the University of Toronto.
Brittany Moore of Hannon, Ont., was Queen's top scorer posting 18 points in the loss. Moore, playing in what could be her final game at Queen's, was 5-of-20 from the field and 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
Angela Tilk of Welland, Ont., contributed 19 points and nine rebounds while Alexandrea Tkaczyk of Cambridge, Ont., had a game high 10 rebounds in Ryerson's win.
Kingston's Liz Boag was the only other Gael to break double digits tallying 10 points in her first CIS playoff game. Also playing in her first ever CIS playoff match was Gemma Bullard of Guelph, Ont., who posted nine points and eight rebounds. Bullard was Queen's top rebounder.
A dismal third quarter was the breaking point for the Gaels as they posted just four points coming out of halftime. The two teams were tied at 31 heading into the break.
Despite their struggles in the third quarter, the Gaels managed to shave Ryerson's lead to just three points (51-47) with 5:11 remaining in the fourth quarter. However a critical three pointer from Ryerson's Wright would open up a seven point advantage soon after, a lead the Rams would not relinquish finishing at 62-51
This marks the fourth consecutive season the Gaels have failed to advance to the OUA east division semifinals. Their last playoff victory came in 2007 when they dropped the Laurentian Lady Vees 64-58 at home on February 21 in the east quarter-final.
Queen's finished the 2010-11 regular season on a four game winning streak earning fifth place in the OUA East division with a 7-15 record. The Ryerson Rams finished fourth and a 10-12 record.
NOTES: In her final CIS game, five-year veteran Jill Wheat of Marwayne, Alta., posted seven points and seven rebounds for Queen's… The Gaels dressed just nine players in their playoff game with seven of them having played in one playoff game or less entering the tonight's game.
Queen's Gaels vs Ryerson Rams
23-02-11 6:00pm at Kerr Hall Gymnasium
At Kerr Hall Gymnasium
RYERSON RAMS 62, QUEEN'S GAELS 51
Moore, Brittany 5-20 4-7 18; Boag, Liz 4-11 1-2 10; Bullard, Gemma 3-8 1-2
9; Wheat, Jill 3-9 1-4 7; Kernahan, Sydney 2-6 0-2 4; Robinson, Paige 1-4
1-2 3; Beddoe, Ryley 0-0 0-0 0; Koposhynska, Hanna 0-4 0-0 0; Minutillo,
Lisa 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-63 8-19 51.
Wright, Kelsey 7-19 4-6 22; Tilk, Angela 5-8 9-12 19; MacDonald, Ashley 3-14
2-2 10; Hobbs, Jenny 1-5 4-8 6; Tkaczyk, Alexandrea 1-6 1-1 3; Clarke,
Ashley 0-4 2-6 2; Hill, Jordan 0-0 0-0 0; Cohen, Nicola 0-0 0-0 0; Sokoloff,
Annie 0-0 0-0 0; Roney, Danielle 0-0 0-0 0; Gechkova, Dayana 0-1 0-0 0;
Doughlin, Cassandra 0-1 0-0 0; Baghdasarian, Palig 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-58
Queen's Gaels................. 16 15 4 16 - 51
Ryerson Rams.................. 12 19 13 18 - 62
3-point goals--Queen's Gaels 7-17 (Moore, Brittany 4-8; Bullard, Gemma 2-5;
Boag, Liz 1-3; Koposhynska, Hanna 0-1), Ryerson Rams 6-15 (Wright, Kelsey
4-8; MacDonald, Ashley 2-3; Hobbs, Jenny 0-1; Clarke, Ashley 0-2; Doughlin,
Cassandra 0-1). Fouled out--Queen's Gaels-Wheat, Jill, Ryerson Rams-Tkaczyk,
Alexandrea. Rebounds--Queen's Gaels 36 (Bullard, Gemma 8), Ryerson Rams 40
(Tkaczyk, Alexandrea 10). Assists--Queen's Gaels 6 (Koposhynska, Hanna 2;
Bullard, Gemma 2), Ryerson Rams 9 (Wright, Kelsey 3; MacDonald, Ashley 3).
Total fouls--Queen's Gaels 24, Ryerson Rams 18. Technical fouls--Queen's
Gaels-None, Ryerson Rams-None.
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