My least favourite Game Report of the season – my last.
We lost to Ottawa U. in the East Semi-finals 72-44. No question Ottawa’s outstanding, smothering defence was the difference, as we had difficulty finding any rhythm in our offense whatsoever. And when we did get open looks, we rushed and shot poorly (only 29% for the game). I was very pleased, however, with our effort and perseverance. We continued to battle hard throughout the entire 40 minutes, playing some very good defence of our own at times.
Jenny Wright was the only player to register in double figures, notching 16 points, although rookie post, Robyn Pearson added 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Q’s SID Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2013/2/23/WBB_0223135337.aspx?path=wbball
A reflection on the season suggests a number of things: we are a relatively young team (6 first year players and no 5th year players).
We were inundated with injuries that produced two major effects: it prevented a number of veteran players from being in the lineup where they would normally be expected to contribute significantly to the team’s success; and it provided opportunities for our younger players to gain valuable playing experience that otherwise might have been limited. While as a coach, you never like to sacrifice one season for the next, given that we had no choice in the matter, this situation will serve us well moving forward.
We experienced the excitement/pressure of the playoff games, including a dominant win in the first round and a dominant loss in the second round. We have developed a new level of resilience, gained further insight about our abilities and areas to focus on during our off-season training.
All of this knowledge and experience has allowed us to gain confidence: that often elusive yet critical element to individual and team success. It was a very good “learning” season.
Thank you for all your interest and support throughout the season – it is greatly appreciated by the entire team. I’ll be back in touch with “Updates” about our program as things continue to develop.
All the best.