After a long trip to Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, we have returned with two wins in the bank. We travelled almost constantly through a mixture of flurries and heavy snow, with hotel arrivals after midnight on each of the Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights. Our on court basketball was not at the level we would like it to be, but we are moving back in the right direction. We were a little short-handed, with Gemma Bullard (shoulder) and Abby Dixon (illness) unable to dress. We hope to have both back in the lineup this week.
Queen’s 63 – Laurentian 60
The first quarter was a back and forth affair, with both teams finding the hoop fairly well. We struggled defensively at times, particularly on the boards. We led 16-13 after one. The second quarter was very sloppy, as we turned the ball over 8 times in the frame. Laurentian outscored us 12-8 in the quarter to go up 24-25 at the half. Our performance continued to deteriorate in the third and with less than 5 minutes to go, we found ourselves down 11. We found a little life and scored 13 points in the last 3 ½ minutes to win the quarter 17-16 and head into the fourth tied at 41. We did a much better job of taking care of the ball in the fourth and eventually built a 10 point lead, only to have Laurentian hit a couple of 3s to keep it close. They finished with a buzzer 3 to come within 3, 63-60. Jenny Wright had a monster game (despite being ill), dropping 27 points, while Liz Boag added 13 points on four 3-pointers and a foul shot. Robyn Pearson continued her double digit performances with 13 rebounds.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20140117_mrrc.xml
Queen’s 54 – Algoma 34
We took control of this game right from the outset, forcing Algoma into numerous turnovers. We racked up 19 first quarter points to Algoma’s 7. We continued the pressure throughout the second quarter, and although Algoma handled it much better, we still outscored them 14-8 to take a 33-15 lead into half time. Much the same for the third quarter as we put up 15 to their 7. Algoma did outscore us in the fourth 12-6 as we took the pressure off, to finish with the 54-34 final. We did manage to spread our minutes around, with each of the 12 players receiving at least 10 minutes, and no one playing more than 24. Jenny Wright continued her stellar play notching 16 points in 21 minutes of play. Liz Boag found her range, going 4-6 from beyond the arc to record 15 points in 23 minutes of play.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20140118_ayu0.xml
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, January 24 @ Carleton 6pm
Saturday, January 25 @ Ottawa 6pm
Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 31 vs. Algoma 6pm
Saturday, February 1 vs. Laurentian 6pm
Have a great week!