Our fall season has come to a close with a 21 point win over York, 68-47. We finish with a 6-3 record, good for a tie for first place in the East, along with Carleton and Ottawa. In the second semester we will play all the East schools, home and away (York at home on January 4th) to complete our 22 game league schedule.
Queen’s 68 – York 47
We opened the game quite well, seemingly confident in our shooting, building an 18-10 lead by the end of the quarter. In the second quarter our defense struggled to keep York’s quick guards in check, surrendering 16 points to our 14. The score went back and forth in the third, before we went on a run to close with a 17-8 quarter and a 49-34 lead. We stretched the lead in the fourth outscoring York 19-13 for the 69-47 final. Jenny Wright led the way with 25 points and 6 boards, while Robyn Pearson had another double-double with 13 points and 14 boards.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20131129_2g2y.xml
For the second week in a row, a women’s basketball player has been named Athlete of the Week at Queen’s: Jenny Wright this week and Gemma Bullard last week. Gemma was also named the OUA Player of the Week last week and garnered attention overseas as she is a member of the Great Britain National Team. See: http://women.hoopsfix.com/brits-abroad/brits-college-week-3-recap/
Junior Elite League (JUEL)
We are very pleased to announce that we have won the bid to host the JUEL Championships at Queen’s, coming in May, 2014. Held last year in London, ON, and the previous two years in Waterloo, ON, this is the fourth year of the 14-team league which features the best basketball players in the province. In addition, a new JUEL-Prep league is being established this year which will include 18 teams, composed primarily of Gr. 9 & 10 athletes. Their Championship will be held at Queen’s in conjunction with the JUEL Championship on the May 9-11, 2014 weekend.
New OUA Basketball League Structure set for 2014-15 season
With the addition of Nipissing University in both men’s and women’s basketball into the OUA beginning with the 2014-15 season, the OUA set out to create a new league structure for the 17 schools. The final model looks like this: 4 Divisions (3 divisions with 4 teams, 1 division with 5 teams). Each team will play home & home within their division and a single game against every other team in the other divisions.
The divisions (yet to be named), listed with their partner school are:
1. Queen’s/York, Ryerson/Toronto
2. Ottawa/Carleton, Laurentian/Nipissing
3. Brock/McMaster, Guelph/Lakehead
4. Laurier/Waterloo, Western/Windsor, Algoma (no playing partner)
This means that we will have a 19 game league schedule, playing all other 16 teams in the Province. The multi-year schedule will see us travel to certain schools in one season and have them travel to us in the next season. The playoff structure is still under negotiation.
We completed a very successful ID/Training Camp yesterday with a total of 24 athletes participating (including the Kingston Impact JUEL team) with a mix of Gr 11s and Gr.12s. Thanks to all those who attended – it was an exciting day.
Up Next on the Road:
Concordia Tournament (Montreal)
Saturday, December 28 vs. Laval 6pm
Sunday, December 29 vs. Concordia 8pm
Monday, December 30 vs. Bishop’s 1pm
Up Next at Home:
Saturday, January 4 vs. York 6pm
Not sure if I will have another Newsletter out before Christmas, so in case I don’t, please have yourself and safe and enjoyable holiday season, and thanks for your continued support.
All the best.