Our win streak is still alive at 8, with our 67-56 victory over Toronto in the East semi-final match up. It was not the prettiest of games at times, but our quarter-court defense and “hustle points” made the difference. That, and a very boisterous crowd – really created a great atmosphere and helped energize out team. We will now host Carleton for the East Championship (and a berth in the Nationals). Carleton beat Ottawa, 57-39 in the other semi-final.
Queen’s 67 – Toronto 56
We had a great up-tempo start to the game, with very tough quarter court defense, forcing 8 Toronto turnovers. We finished the quarter up 19-10. The roles reversed in the second quarter as we turned the ball over 6 times, allowing Toronto to score in transition. They outscored us 19-24, but we still held a 38-34 half time lead. Toronto clawed back another point in the third (15-16) to pull within 3 heading into the final frame. Our defense stiffened considerably and we took care of the ball on offense (only 1 turnover) to outscore Toronto 14-6, and secure the 67-56 final. Liz Boag led the way with 21 points, while Jenny Wright added 16 to go along with her 7 assists. Gemma Bullard dropped 11 points, while Robyn Pearson hit double digits in rebounding with 11 to go along with her 7 points.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb/2014/boxscores_post/20140222_ti35.xml
Up Next at Home:
Saturday, March 1 vs. Carleton 6pm (OUA East Championship)
Possible scenarios heading forward:
Note: Windsor is hosting Laurier on Saturday for the OUA West Championship
*A Queen’s win (which would provide a berth to the Nationals) and a Windsor win would see us travel to Windsor for the OUA Championship on Saturday, March 8
*A Queen’s win and a Windsor loss would see us travel to Laurier for the OUA Championship on Saturday, March 8
*A Queen’s loss and a Windsor win would see us host the Bronze Medal game vs. Laurier on Saturday, March 8 (winner receives a berth to the Nationals)
*A Queen’s loss and a Windsor loss – our season would be over. As Windsor is hosting the National Championships, they are guaranteed a berth, and the Bronze Medal game would not need to be played. (I still need to confirm this last scenario).
Have a great week!