Monday, November 11, 2013

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

Some OUTSTANDING news to report. Following the OneMatch program run at Queen’s just over a week ago, Mackenzie has found a donor! She will be undergoing the life-saving, bone marrow transplant at the Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto shortly. Thanks to all those who registered and helped bring in potential donors, especially Coach Bambury for his efforts to get the program off the ground at Queen’s. Best of luck to Mackenzie – we are all cheering for her.

On the basketball front, we did not fare so well this weekend, with losses to both Western and Windsor. Friday’s loss was particularly disappointing because we shot the ball poorly……again. I remember talking to the father of a potential recruit back in early October. He asked me how I would characterize our team. I responded by saying, “we shoot the ball pretty well.” I’m starting to feel like that is coming back to haunt me. I would say our offensive execution is improving (still lots of work to do) and our defence is getting better (again lots more improvement needed) so we are on the right track……………just need to solve our shooting issues – particularly our foul shooting!

Queen’s 60 - Western 69
This was a close contest for the entire first half, with never more than 4 points separating the teams. Stats were almost identical after the 1st quarter, except Western hit 2 more shots than us and led 13-16 after one. After shooting 25% in the first quarter, we improved almost 53% in the second to outscore Western 20 -16 and go into the half with a 1 point lead, 33-32. Our shooting woes would return, however in the second half and drop to 27%, losing the third quarter 10-16 and the fourth 17-21 to end up on the wrong side of the 10 point swing, 60-69. Of particular concern is the 11 points we failed to collect on the foul line, as we shot only 5 of 16 from the charity stripe. Liz Boag finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds, with Robyn Pearson the only other player to reach double digits, 11 points and 8 boards.
Box Score:

Queen’s 56 – Windsor 82
We got off to a very solid start in this game, able to control the tempo, by controlling the defensive boards. We managed to hold a 15-11 lead after the first quarter. That lead was quickly erased in the second quarter as Windsor applied a little more pressure with their two guards. No question, any mistake you make, Windsor is quick to capitalize. With 9 turnovers in the quarter, Windsor outscored us 11-23 to take 26-34 half time lead. We handled the pressure better in the third quarter, but with 6 turnovers, Windsor padded their lead with another 6 points (17-23 in the quarter) to lead 43-57 after three. Between their quickness at the guard position and the dominant play of their post player Clemencon, Windsor dominated the fourth quarter to win 56-82. Despite the score, however, I was pleased with a number of aspects of our game – including winning the battle on the boards. Although our shooting wasn’t great, it was better than the night before, including connecting on 7 of 9 of our free throws. Jenny Wright finished with 14 points, with Gemma Bullard adding 13.
Box Score:

Open ID/Training Camp:
Sunday, December 1
On-Court: 9:30-12n, 1:30-3:30pm
Facility Tour + Q&A 12:15-1:30pm

Have an opportunity to meet and work with the Queen’s Coaches in a competitive environment. Open to all Gr. 11 & 12s that may be interested in Queen’s.
Registration is free – please contact me by email so that I can plan for the numbers.

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 15 @ Laurier 6pm
Saturday, November 16 @ Waterloo 6pm

Up Next at Home:
Friday, November 22 vs. McMaster 6pm
Saturday, November 23 vs. Brock 6pm

Have a great week!