Our final two games of the regular season saw us record our 6th & 7th consecutive wins to capture the OUA East title with a 16-6 record. Carleton finished with the same record, but by virtue of the point spread head to head (we lost at Carleton by 2, but beat them at home by 5) we are first and will maintain home court advantage throughout the playoffs, following a first round bye.
On Wednesday, February 19th, sixth place York will head to third place Ottawa, while fifth place Ryerson will head across town to play fourth place Toronto. The lower of the two seeds remaining will travel to us on Saturday, February 22, while the higher winning seed will travel to Carleton.
Queen’s 63 – Toronto 58
We opened the game quite well, handling Toronto’s full court pressure fairly well. However, we did make a few costly turnovers that allowed Toronto to get into their highly effective transition game. We led 12-8 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw a little more scoring with Toronto holding 13-14 edge, leaving us with a 25-22 half time lead. We ramped things up in the third quarter, almost doubling our score, registering 22 points to Toronto’s 13. Toronto, however, came storming back late in the fourth quarter, reducing our 12 point lead to only 4 with 2 minutes to go. We managed to hold our own down the stretch and pull back to a 5 point lead, hitting our foul shots (7 for 8) when they counted most. We had a very balanced attack with four players scoring in double digits. Jenny Wright finished with 15, Gemma Bullard, 12, Emily Hazlett, 11, and Liz Boag, 10. Robyn Pearson also hit double digits, recording 13 boards to go along with her 6 points.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20140214_0gvj.xml
Queen’s 88 – Ryerson 66
This was a more open, fast-pace style of game, with both teams looking to score in transition. While shooting the ball quite well, we were a little careless with our footwork, leading to 6 turnovers in the quarter. Still, we managed to outscore Ryerson 18-15. In the second quarter our defence tightened significantly surrendering only 9 points, while our offense continued to roll, posting 23. We kept the pace going in the third quarter, outscoring Ryerson 21-16 in the third. With a 62-40 lead heading into the fourth, it looked like the game was well in hand. However, Ryerson went on a 12-0 run mid-way through the fourth to cut the lead to 10 with 3 ½ minutes to go. We managed to regroup after a time out and go on a 14-2 run of our own to restore the 22 point advantage and finish with the 88-66 win. Again we had four players in double digits scoring: Liz Boag with 23 (and 4 assists), Robyn Pearson with 16 (and 12 boards), Jenny Wright with 15, and Gemma Bullard with 12.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/sports/wbkb/2013-14/boxscores/20140215_by3k.xml
Up Next at Home:
OUA East Semi-Finals
Saturday, February 22 vs. Tbd 6:00pm (will be Toronto, Ryerson or York)
(reminder: OUA passes & complimentary tickets are not permitted by OUA regulation for play off games)
Tickets are available at the door, or on-line at www.GoGaelsGo.com
Have a great week!