Another very successful league weekend as we beat Nipissing 90-34 and Laurentian 89-62 to move our league record to 6-3. Our defence was sloppy to open the game against Nipissing, allowing 13 first quarter points to a team that is averaging only 27 points per game. We still led 19-13 after the first, but then tightened our defence in the second to surrender only 6 points to our 32. Our defence caused the young Nipissing team to turn the ball over (34 times) allowing us some easy run out points and a shooting percentage topping 46%. Jenny Wright finished with 15 points, while 3 players had 12. Robyn Pearson had 8 boards to go along with her dozen; rookie Maddie Morris notched her career high; and Emily Hazlett also grabbed 7 boards.
We started the game very sharply on Saturday against Laurentian – the best first half of basketball I have seen from our team in a number of years. Our defence completely smothered Laurentian, forcing bad shots, hurried shots, and many turnovers. We outscored them 26-9 in the first quarter and 29-8 in the second quarter to lead 55-17 at the half. Our focus was not as sharp in the second half as we rode the big lead into the 89-62 final. Five players hit double digits in scoring: Liz Boag with 19, Emily Hazlett 17 (and 7 boards), Robyn Pearson 12 (and 9 boards), Andrea Priamo and rookie Marianne Alarie (a Sudbury native), each with 10.
Q’s SID Nipissing Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2015/1/9/WBB_0109152322.aspx?path=wbball
Q’s SID Laurentian Report: http://www.gogaelsgo.com/news/2015/1/10/WBB_0110151224.aspx
The Nipissing game also marked our Shoot for the Cure initiative to help raise money and awareness of Breast Cancer. Five players donated their hair for the purpose of making wigs for cancer survivors. Andrea Priamo took the lead on this initiative and also raised the most amount of money. In addition to Andrea, Abby Dixon, Emily Hazlett, Gemma Bullard, and Nicole Morse all donated their hair. Thank you to all who donated: more than $3,800 was raised. If you would like to donate, please visit: http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?langPref=en-CA&TSID=529602
I am very pleased to announce that Gael Alumni, Claire Meadows has been named the next Head Coach of the University of British Columbia-Okanagan. She will assume her new position following the completion of this season. Claire was a Gael from 2002 to 2007 capturing many awards. She was named the team’s Rookie of the Year in her first season, followed by the team’s Most Improved Player in year 2. She was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in her 3rd season and followed that with consecutive team MVPs and OUA All-Star selections. She finished her career as Queen’s second all-time leading scorer. While working towards her Master’s Degree in Coaching in the summers, Claire interned as an assistant coach at Queen’s for the 2010-11 season. The following year, she interned with the University of Alberta, before securing the Assistant Coach position at the University of Lethbridge in 2012. Please see the UBC-O press release for further details: https://news.ok.ubc.ca/athrec/2015/01/06/26500/
Up Next on the Road:
Saturday, January 17 @ York 6pm
Up Next at Home:
Friday, January 23 vs. Toronto 6pm
Saturday, January 23 vs. Ryerson 6pm
Have a great week!