Monday, January 27, 2014

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

We knew heading into Ottawa we were in for two of the toughest, defensive-minded games of the season. Carleton & Ottawa (ranked 10th in the country) were tied for first place with us a game back. With a 2 point loss to Carleton on Friday and an 11 point, overtime win against Ottawa on Saturday we remain in third place, one game back of Ottawa and two games back of the now first place Carleton team.

Queen’s 55 - Carleton 57
We seemed a little “tight” to start this game – probably a product of having struggled with Carleton for the last few seasons. Carleton opened up a 19-12 first quarter lead. They increased their lead to 9 in the second quarter before we settled down and varied our defense frequently hoping to keep Carleton off balance. We won the second quarter 19-9 to grab a 31-28 half time lead. We continued on the same path in the third opening the lead with a 13-8 quarter. We scored early in the fourth to build our largest lead, 13. But then things changed and Carleton started chipping away at the lead. After going to the foul line 8 times in the first 3 quarters, they went 18 times in the fourth (we went to the line twice). Despite outscoring Carleton from the floor (10-8), we were outscored 11-1 from the foul line including the game winner with 0.4 seconds to go. It was a very frustrating loss. Gemma Bullard returned to the line up to drop 19 points, while Jenny Wright added 12.

Box score:

Queen’s 57 – Ottawa 46 (OT)
Despite a sloppy start on offense, it was clear that the previous day’s loss, had spurned a renewed intensity in our defence. The first six possessions of the game (both teams) resulted in a turnover or shot clock violation. Getting good looks at the basket was going to be a challenge all game. Ottawa outscored us 11-14 in the first and by one in a very low scoring second quarter, 7-8, to trail 18-22 at the half. Our third quarter was our best of regulation as we put up 17 points to their 11. Ottawa outscored us 8-10 in the fourth (including a late 3 by Kingston native, Sarah Besselink) to tie the game at 43. Heading into our second overtime game of the season (previously beating Brock, 69-65), I actually sensed a heightened level of confidence in our players as we talked on the bench before the 5 minute period. It certainly showed as they dominated the overtime period 14-3 to end with the 57-46 win. Liz Boag led the way with 15 points, while Jenny Wright added 14 (8 in the overtime). Robyn Pearson added another double-double to her credit with 10 points and 14 boards.

Box score:

Belated congratulations to Jenny Wright who named Queen’s Athlete of the Week last week – her second time this season.

Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 31 vs. Algoma 6pm
Saturday, February 1 vs. Laurentian 6pm

Friday, February 7 vs. Ottawa 6pm
Saturday, February 8 vs. Carleton 6pm (Graduating Athlete Night)

Up Next on the Road:
Friday, February 14 @ Toronto 6pm
Saturday, February 15 @ Ryerson 6pm

Have a great week!