We enjoyed a very successful Homecoming Weekend……on a number of fronts. We had a great turn out for our Alumni vs. Alumni game, and an even better turnout for our Reception honouring the team members from the 1985-86 to 1989-90 teams. Leslie Aldcorn and Julie Farquahar spoke (and had a slide show presentation) on behalf of those teams, drawing many comparisons between then and now. Certainly there were many differences (how we travelled, uniforms, hair styles), but there were many commonalities as well (toughness, hard work, team work). In addition to Julie & Leslie, on hand to receive a Queen’s Basketball Hoodie was Kim Acres, Teena Bedard, Nancy Coke, Dani Hawkins, and long-time coach, Tim Orpin.
Hosting the Tindall tournament over the weekend, our current team remains undefeated this season, stretching our winning streak to 5 games.
Queen’s 58 - UPEI 50
On Friday, despite a very poor shooting performance, we managed to come from behind and defeat UPEI, 58-50. UPEI got off to a quick start with back to back to back 3 pointers before we knew what had hit us. They went on to score 19 first quarter points to our 15. We closed the gap to 1 by half, 26-27. UPEI opened a 6 point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but showed signs of fatigue as we outscored them 22-8 in the final frame to win 58-50. It was not a very pretty game, shooting less than 30% from the floor, 8% from the 3 and 48% from the foul line. Robyn Pearson led the way with 14 points and 9 boards. Liz Boag added 12 points, while Jenny Wright chipped in with 11. Rookie post, Andrea Priamo hit double digits with 10 boards to go along with her 7 points.
Queen’s 65 – Lethbridge 47
Saturday we faced Lethbridge (complete with former Gael standout, Claire Meadows as the lead assistant coach). While our shooting did not improve, we got off to a better start dropping 19 first quarter points to Lethbridge’s 10. Our defense forced 8 turnovers in the quarter, giving us 7 more shots than our opponent. Lethbridge was able to turn that around, however, in the second quarter outscoring us by 3 to trail 28-20 at the half. Liz Boag went down in that quarter re-injuring the ankle that kept her out of action for 3 weeks last season. Our pressure defense allowed us to dominate the third quarter as we outscored Lethbridge 22-12 to take control of the game. We closed out the fourth 15-13 to finish with the 65-47 win (but still only shooting 33% from the floor). Jenny Wright finished with 15 points, while Gemma Bullard added 11. Rookie post Andrea Priamo finished with 10 points and 8 boards, while Liz Boag put up 10 points in her 13 minutes of play before injury.
Queen’s 75 – Concordia 60
Despite a very poor start to the game, we played our best basketball on Sunday. Concordia came out on fire and looked like they would run away with the game from the outset. Only 4 minutes into the game, they had opened a double digit lead. Following a time out, we began to settle down and managed to close the gap to 4 by the end of the first quarter, 17-21. The second quarter was a much more controlled affair as we pulled to within 3, 30-33. The second half was a very different story for us as we came out with greater intensity, which seem to wear Concordia down. We outscored our opposition 24-17 in the third and 21-10 in the fourth for the 75-60 win. Our shooting percentages moved back to where we would like them, shooting 47% from the floor, 36% from the 3 point line and 93% from the foul line. Jenny Wright led all scorers with 20 points and 5 assists. Rookie point guard Abby Dixon had 12 points and 7 boards, while Gemma Bullard had 11 points for the second straight game. Robyn Pearson also chipped in with 10 points and 5 boards.
New Queen’s Basketball Video
Check out our new basketball video on-line at: www.queensbasketball.net
You can also get the SID game reports from the weekend.
After this week’s practise, we will take a well-deserved break over the Thanksgiving Weekend.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, October 18
12noon vs. Saskatchewan
Saturday, October 19
1 or 5pm TBD vs. York or Concordia
Sunday, October 20