Despite suffering our two largest margin losses of the year on the weekend, I was quite pleased with many aspects of our play. On Friday we lost to Ottawa, 66-43, and followed with a 64-38 loss to Carleton on Saturday. It’s the first time this season we have suffered a loss by a double digit margin.
So why am I somewhat pleased? Given that we were playing without 4 starters in the lineup (Liz, Sydney, Gemma & Hanna all out with injuries), our younger players were able to step up and battle against the two top teams in our division.
Our start against Ottawa was one of shell-shock as we fell behind 15-0 before settling down. We finished the quarter trailing 18-5. We tightened up our defence in the second quarter, outscoring Ottawa 12-10 and continued that play through the third, 16-10 to trail 38-33 heading into the fourth. We continued to play well in the first 4 minutes of the fourth quarter, closing the margin to 3 before the wheels fell off. Ottawa got on a roll to which we had no answer, rattling off basket after basket to build back to a 23 point win, 66-43. Rookie post, Nicole Morse had a season-high 12 points (on 6-10 shooting) and 6 boards. Rookie guard, Emily Hazlett added 6 points and 6 boards, while rookie post, Robyn Pearson dropped 7 points to go along with her 5 boards.
Q’s SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2013/1/18/WBB_0118131805.aspx?path=wbball
Carleton, another very physical team, known for their tough defense, lived up to their reputation. Stifling defence made every little mistake we made into a big mistake. However, we still managed to put 13 points up in the quarter (a feat we would not repeat), but Carleton scored 21. The second quarter came to a grinding halt with only 13 points being scored: 8 by Carleton to our 5. We continued to battle hard in the third quarter as Carleton stretched their 11 point half time lead to 14, 14-11 was the third quarter score. We ran out of steam in the fourth quarter as Carleton scored 21 to our 9 to finish with the 64-38 win. Second year guard, Rachael Urosevic dropped 11 points, on 3-7 shooting from beyond the 3-pt. line, while rookie post, Nicole Morse grabbed a game-high 9 boards to go along with her 7 points.
Q’s SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2013/1/19/WBB_vs_Carleton.aspx?path=wbball
Our injured players (four starters and rookie post, Claire Endicott) are all listed as day-to-day.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 25 @ Ryerson 6pm (Kerr Hall – old gym)
Saturday, January 26 @ Toronto 6pm
Up Next at Home:
Friday, February 1 vs. Carleton @ 6pm
Saturday, February 2 vs. Ottawa @ 6pm (Graduating Athlete’s Night)
Have a great week.