Not a particularly enjoyable weekend to write about following one of our worst performances in (not-so) recent memory, losing to Carleton 59-27. Although we played considerably better on Saturday, we still were handled by Ottawa, 71-53.
We were not in the Carleton game from the outset, as they either scored or got an offensive rebound (then scored) on their first 5 possessions. We were out hustled and out muscled. To make matters worse, we were so wound up to play, we couldn’t execute or finish plays when the opportunities presented themselves. We were outscored 19 to 4 in the first quarter and 11-6 in the second quarter, shooting 10% from the floor in the half.
Although we played a reasonable third quarter, outscoring Carleton 15-11, we could not handle their physicality in the fourth enroute to the 59-27 loss. We finished the game shooting 16%.
Liz Boag was the lone bright spot in the game, finishing with 11 points going 3 for 4 from beyond the 3-point line.
SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/1/20/werwerw.aspx?path=wbball
Despite the final score, our game against Ottawa was a much more competitive affair. Adjusting our defensive tactics to counteract their tall front line (3 x 6-1’) and mixture of 3 point shooting or slashing guards, we managed to hold our own for most of the game. We trailed 15-11 after the first.
In the second, Ottawa outscored us another 5 points, primarily on the backs of their superior rebounding. We trailed 37-28 at the half. With a strong third quarter, we managed 13 points to their 11, closing the gap to 7 points heading into the fourth quarter. On two different occasions in the fourth, Ottawa rattled off a quick 6 points, to blow the game open. Ultimately rebounding would be at the crux of the problem as they grabbed 29 offensive boards (we only had 24 rebounds on our hoop). This led to Ottawa taking 86 shots to our 59! Hard to win ball games with that kind of margin.
Christine Wallace finished with 12 points and 5 boards, while Brittany Moore also dropped 12 points.
SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/1/21/WBB_0121125826.aspx?path=wbball
I am sorry to report that good friend and long-time coach at Ryerson, Sandy Pothier, passed away on the weekend after a two-year battle with cancer. She was only 50 years old. The CIS article can be read at: http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/wbkb/2011-12/releases/20120122-pothier
Our “Shoot for the Cure” fundraising initiative surpassed the $3,000 mark, making it our most successful campaign to date. Thanks again to Enterprise Rent a Car for their generous support of the event and to all those that helped make it successful.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 27 @ Toronto 6pm
Saturday, January 28 @ Ryerson 6pm
Up Next in Kingston:
Friday, February 3 @ RMC 6pm
Saturday, February 4 vs. RMC 6pm
Have a great week!