Well that was a heart-stopping battle! It took overtime, but we prevailed as the Ontario East Champions with 62-58 win over Carleton. We now travel to Windsor (who beat Laurier for the West Championship) for the OUA Crown. With our win, we have also assured our spot in the National Championship, to be held in Windsor, March 14-16. Carleton will host Laurier for a Bronze Medal and a berth in the Nationals.
Queen’s 62 – Carleton 58 OT
No question nerves were a factor starting the game, as many open looks went wide of the mark. The score was tied at 5 for what seemed like forever, but eventually we stretched to a 12-9 lead at the end of the first. A little more flow was established in the second with Carleton outscoring us 14-16. Shooting only 23% in the first half, we were clinging to a one point lead, 26-25. The third quarter was much the same as the second, with Carleton holding a 12-14 advantage. Trailing by one (38-39) heading into the fourth, the lead changed numerous times, with more than single digit leads very rare. Our defence was very solid in the fourth, allowing only 6 points for 9 minutes and 59.6 seconds, at which point we were up 3. However, a circus shot by Carleton found its mark with .4 seconds on the clock to tie the game at 48 and send it to overtime. This marked our third overtime game this season, winning at home against Brock in the fall (69-65), and at Ottawa in January (57-46). Despite our highest scoring quarter (2nd) being 14 points, we managed to equal that in the 5 minute overtime, while holding Carleton to 10, for the 62-58 win. Emily Hazlett had a critical steal late in the overtime, which she ran out for 2 points, and Meaghan MacDougall connected on 3 of 4 foul shots down the stretch to seal the victory. Jenny Wright finished with 18 points and 9 boards, while Liz Boag had 15 points and 6 boards.
Box score: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb/2014/boxscores_post/20140301_vxzs.xml
Jenny Wright is also the Queen’s Athlete of the Week – her second nod this season.
As a side note, the crowd was fantastic, creating an electric atmosphere. They were instrumental in energizing our players through a very tough, physical game. Thanks for the outstanding support.
Up Next on the Road:
Saturday, March 8 @ Windsor 7pm (OUA Gold Medal Game)
Friday, March 14 @ CIS National Championship (hosted by Windsor) tbd
Saturday, March 15 @ CIS National Championship tbd
Sunday, March 16 @ CIS National Championship tbd
Have a great week!