Not the results we were looking for this weekend going 1 – 2 with a very close comeback win over York, but two blowout losses to Saskatchewan and Laval. We also sustained a couple of injuries as Meaghan MacDougall went down on Saturday with a knee injury, and Emily Hazlett sustained further injury to her shoulder. Liz Boag missed the entire weekend rehabbing her ankle, but is expected to return to play this coming weekend. We rested Gemma Bullard on Saturday as she continues her journey of rehab, and limited minutes for Nicole Morse all weekend to help protect her knees. Of course, this did provide us the opportunity to provide extended minutes to our healthy players – a practise that will help develop our team’s depth.
Queen’s 33 – Saskatchewan 68
We got off to a very slow start against Saskatchewan, having difficulty with the heavy pressure they exerted on defense. We trailed 6-18 after the first. We settled down and played better defense in the second, ending in a low scoring 10-11 quarter. We struggled the first couple of minutes in the third and trailed by as much as 17 before we started to make a run. By the 3 minute mark we had cut the lead to 9, but that was as close as we would come. Turnovers, from the increased Saskatchewan’s pressure, led to many run outs and lay ups that just would not stop. Combined with the inability to generate good shots, the rout was on. Emily Hazlett led us in scoring, but couldn’t crack double digits with 9 point.
Box Score: http://www.ryersonrams.ca//pdf9/2555097.pdf?SPSID=109841&SPID=13630&DB_OEM_ID=22300
Queen’s 57 – York 53
The first quarter was a back and forth affair until the last 3 minutes when we pulled ahead by 5, 12-7. The second quarter was very different, as our shooting went ice-cold (9% on 2 for 21) and York shot a very solid 8 for 17 (47%) as our defence was unable to contain their ball handlers. York amassed 23 points to our 5, go into half with a 30-17 lead. The third quarter saw both teams find the hoop a little better, compiling 32, of which 18 went up on our side of the board. We had cut the deficit to 9. The fourth quarter was a steady climb for us, as our defence did a much better job of containing their ball handlers, and controlling the boards. We took our first lead with about 3 minutes to go and never relinquished it. Robyn Pearson had a very solid game with 14 points and 10 boards. Abby Dixon added 12 points, 7 boards and 4 assists in her 29 minutes of play.
Box Score: http://www.ryersonrams.ca//pdf9/2555989.pdf?SPSID=109841&SPID=13630&DB_OEM_ID=22300
Queen’s 48 – Laval 78
The first quarter was our best of the game, but still could not overcome Laval’s scoring touch. We trailed 20-17 after one. They went on to dominate the next 3 quarters, 18-6, 19-14, and 21-11. Our shooting percentages stayed below 30% for the third straight game, while Laval’s topped the 50% mark (a combination of great shooting by them, but a lack of defensive execution on our part). Robyn Pearson had another solid outing with 14 points on 2-12 shooting. Jenny Wright, battling a chest cold, managed to drop 13 points to go along with 7 rebounds.
Box Score: http://www.ryersonrams.ca//pdf9/2556485.pdf?SPSID=109841&SPID=13630&DB_OEM_ID=22300
Up Next On the Road:
Friday, October 25 @ UQAM 6pm
Up Next at Home (League openers):
Friday, November 1 vs. Lakehead 6pm
Saturday, November 2 vs. Guelph 6pm
Have a great week.