A tough road trip weekend, sent us to Thunder Bay, where we defeated Lakehead (in overtime), 67-63, but fell to Guelph, 71-62.
We got off to a good start against Lakehead, playing some of our best defence of the year. We led after the first quarter 15-8. We continued some solid offensive play in the second, outscoring Lakehead 17-12 to take a 32-20 lead into half time. The second half saw Lakehead increase their full court pressure leading to many turnovers by us and run-outs by Lakehead. They outscored us 18-15 in the third and 21-12 in the fourth. They actually took the lead late in the fourth quarter, before a buzzer beater jump shot from the top of the key by Robyn Pearson sent the game into overtime tied at 59. Aggressively attacking their pressure in the overtime saw us score 6 of our 8 overtime points from the foul line to seal the hard fought victory. Gemma Bullard led the way with 16 points (and 6 boards), while three other players added 12 points. Liz Boag, Jenny Wright and Robyn Pearson all had a dozen. Boag added 5 assists, Wright 9 rebounds, and Pearson a double-double with 11 boards. On the negative side, third year guard, Meaghan MacDougall went down early in the game with what appears to be a serious knee injury.
Q’s SID report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/11/16/WBB_Lakehead.aspx?path=wbball
On Saturday we faced Guelph for the second time this season (played them in our Tindall Tournament in October). We started the game well getting the ball to the rim fairly effectively, racking up 19 points to their 13. That would be the last quarter we would win, however. Guelph struggled with their shooting early on, but it got better in each quarter of the game. They outscored us 15-13 in the second. They opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run (which also saw us turn the ball over 5 consecutive times), grabbing the lead that they would never relinquish. Our defense seemed to lose focus, and our offensive execution was miserable – missing open looks in our offense repeatedly. We were outscored 20-16 in the third and 23-14 in the fourth to lose, 71-62. Liz Boag finished with 14 points, while Jenny Wright had 11 (and 11 boards) and Sydney Kernahan had 10.
Q’s SID report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2012/11/17/WBB_Guelph.aspx?path=wbball
Overall, there is no question our young team is improving at a significant pace. Still lots of improvement to make (always), but I like where we are headed and how hard we are working on a daily basis.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 23 @ Brock 6pm
Saturday, November 24 @ McMaster 6pm
Up Next at Home:
Friday, November 30 vs. Windsor 6pm
Saturday, December 1 vs. Western 6pm
REMINDER: Q’s ID/Training Camp – Sunday, December 9th
12:00-1:30pm Lunch Break
12:15-1:30 Facility Tour and Q/A session
No cost – please email James Bambury (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can prepare for the numbers.
Have a great week!