A reasonably successful weekend as we hosted the Tindall Tournament involving Trinity Western, Guelph, and the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). Guelph won the tournament posting a perfect 3-0 record, while we finished second at 2-1. UQAM went 1-2, while Trinity finished 0-3.
We opened with Trinity Western, a team with whom we had a size advantage, but were challenged by their quickness and pressure. In the early going their pressure caused significant havoc with our ball control, leading to a number of turnovers or poor shots. As the game moved on, we began to settle and gain better control. We trailed 17-13 after the first quarter and got two of those back in the second, 12-10 to finish the half down 27-25. Our defense intensified significantly in the third quarter allowing us to run out on Trinity winning the quarter 18-7. We kept the pace up in the fourth outscoring our opponent 20-13, to finish with the 63-47 win. I was pleased with our defensive effort in the second half and our ability to run on a running team. Rachael Urosevic set the pace with 18 points all from beyond the 3 point line (a perfect 6 for 6). Liz Boag added 11 points, while Sydney Kernahan had 8 boards and Robyn Pearson 7.
SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/10/19/WBB_1019121023.aspx?path=wbball
Our second game was a loss to OUA rival Guelph, 72-66. Guelph is a fast, deep team that likes to run and took advantage of us from the opening tip. They built a 19-10 first quarter lead and extended that to 38-26 by half. We had a good start to the second half, cutting the 12 point deficit in half in the first 3 minutes. We outscored Guelph 20-11 to trail by 3 after 3 quarters. Guelph opened the fourth quarter with a run of their own to restore a double-digit lead. We managed to get as close as 4 late in the quarter, but no closer. Foul shots sealed the 6 point win for the Gryphons. Liz Boag finished with 14 points and 7 assists, while Sydney Kernahan had 10 points and 7 boards.
SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/10/20/WBB_1020125550.aspx?path=wbball
Our final game against UQAM would determine second place in the tourney, as Guelph had already defeated Trinity to finish 3-0. In what was the most contested game of the weekend, we managed to finish on top 63-62. In a reversal from our previous two games, we managed to come out strong from the opening tip and grab a 17-9 first quarter advantage. UQAM got two of those points back in the second (15-13) to leave us with a 30-24 half time lead. The third quarter was knotted at 19, setting up a nail-biting fourth quarter. UQAM’s pressure increased, including their presence in the boards, leading to their first lead of the game 51-49. From there, the lead would change another 9 times before the final buzzer. Their last lead came on a 3pt. shot from the top of the key with 4 seconds left, giving them a 62-61 advantage. Following a time out (which also advances the inbound throw to the front court), we ran a play which drew a foul with 1.6 seconds left. Gemma Bullard calmly drained the two free throws to record the win and finish with 12 points and 6 boards. Liz Boag had 17 points, along with 5 assists and was named a tournament All-Star. Jenny Wright hit double digits with 11 points and 4 boards.
SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/10/21/WBB_1021125325.aspx?path=wbball
In other news, I am pleased announce that Nicole Morse (1st year Science) has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious Catherine Gertrude (Milliken) Smith Memorial Award.
Established in March 2007 by Sherwood H. Smith, Jr. of Raleigh, North Carolina in memory of his mother Catherine Gertrude (Milliken) Smith, B.A. 1924, who, while attending Queen's, played for and managed the varsity women's basketball team. Awarded to recognize academic achievement and athletic excellence to student-athletes entering the first year of a direct-entry undergraduate degree program at Queen's University and who is on the competition roster of the Gaels interuniversity women's basketball team.
The date for our annual Winter ID/Training Camp has pushed back a week and will occur on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
The Winter ID/Training Camp is designed for serious basketball players in Grades 10-12, who are interested in Queen’s and would like to get a feel for basketball at the university level.
On-court: 9:30-11:45 a.m.
Break for Lunch (on own): 11:45 a.m.
Facility Tour: 12:15 p.m.*
Q&A: 1 p.m.*
On-court: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
*parents are welcome to join in
There is no cost for the day – please email Coach James Bambury (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can prepare for the numbers.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, October 26th @ McGill 6pm
Saturday, October 27th @ Montmorency (CEGEP) 2pm
Friday, November 2 @ Oswego State 6pm
Saturday, November 3 @ William Smith College 5pm
Have a great week!