A very tough weekend to open up our 2012 league schedule left us with a split – beating Ryerson 74-58 and losing to Toronto 73-63.
Ryerson is a team that can score in bunches, as they have excellent 3-point shooters and slashers, along with a solid post game. The key for us was to tire the opposition and/or force them to go to their bench – which we did quite effectively. We built and 15-12 first quarter lead and grew that lead each quarter, outscoring them 18-16 in the second, 15-9 in the third and 26-21 in the fourth for the 74-58 final.
Brittany Moore finished with a game high 20 points and ties her for 5th place in the OUA all-time scoring leaders. Jenny Wright finished with 12 points and 8 boards. Boards would prove to be key as we took 14 more shots than Ryerson.
Saturday’s game against Toronto was truly a game of runs. Both teams generate a very high percentage of their offense from their defense – and on this day, Toronto’s defense kept us off balance. An evenly matched first quarter saw Toronto carry a 14-12 lead. We came out and dominated the first 7 minutes of the second quarter to grab a 10 point lead, only to put Toronto on the foul line to score 10 straight points in the final 3 minutes of the quarter, to leave the game tied at 31 at half. A relatively high-scoring (23-21) back and forth affair in the third left us with a 2-point lead at the end of 3, 54-52. As much as we only scored 9 points in the fourth, it was our defence that let us down as Toronto continued to break us down and get to the foul line (30 times in the game to our 18). This took away from our ability to transition and therefore had to face a set defense most of the quarter, resulting in the 73-63 loss. Toronto outscored us on the foul line by 10 points.
Britanny Moore dropped 14 points and now sits all alone as the 5th leading all-time scorer in OUA history! Liz Boag and Jenny Wright each chipped in with 11 points.
We are at home again this weekend with games against Laurentian (Friday) and York (Saturday). The York game also marks our “Shoot for the Cure” Breast Cancer game. If you would like to support this initiative, you can visit the web site: http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=266763&langPref=en-CA
Again this year, I will donate $1 for every point scored in the game (both teams) and challenge anyone and everyone to match me.
Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 13 vs. Laurentian 6pm
Saturday, January 14 vs. York 6pm (Shoot for the Cure – Breast Cancer game)
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 20 @ Carleton 6pm
Saturday, January 21 @ Ottawa 6pm
Have a great week!