We opened our CIS exhibition schedule in Montreal on Friday with a win over Concordia, 67-47. We got off to a good start, exerting a great deal of pressure over the full court, taking Concordia out of their rhythm. We also did a very good job of taking care of the basketball, registering only 3 turnovers in the first half. Our transition game provided us with good scoring opportunities, leading to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter. We continued on a similar pace in the second quarter, 19-11 to go into half time with a 40-23 lead. We continued our dominance in the third quarter, although our shooting percentage was a little lower, opening a 56-35 lead. Concordia outscored us 11-12 in the fourth, but the game was never in doubt. Emily Hazlett finished with a game-high 15 points, along with 3 assists and 3 steals in only 24 minutes of play. Abby Dixon chipped in with 11 points, 3 boards and 2 steals. Maddie Morris hit double digits in the rebounding category with 10, to go along with her 9 points and 3 steals.
I am very excited to announce that former Team Canada Olympic Coaches (London 2012), Allison and Mike McNeill will be travelling to Kingston shortly after Christmas to work with our team. Our High Performance funding is allowing us to bring them in for four days to work on-court with our athletes, both in a team setting, and as individuals. They will also spend time with our coaching staff, helping to evaluate and advise on a variety of tactics and strategies.
McNeill is the longest-serving coach in senior national team history with an 11-year career. She guided Canada to the world championships in 2006 and 2010, returning after a 12-year absence. She did the same with the team and the Olympics, getting Canada to the Games for the first time in more than a decade, finishing in the top-8 after advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time in a 12-team tournament. Under her reign, Canada moved into the Top 10 in the world!
Momentum is building for our Alumni vs. Alumni game scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 1:00pm. All Alumni, regardless of year, are encouraged to participate. The reception in the evening will be honouring the teams from 1995-96 to 1999-2000. Of course this is in conjunction with our Tindall Tournament as follows:
Friday, October 16
6:00pm Queen’s vs. UQAM Main Gym
Saturday, October 17
1:00pm Alumni vs. Alumni Bews Gym
6:00pm Queen’s vs. Memorial U. Main Gym
7:30pm Alumni & Family/Friends Reception and Silent Auction Alumni Lounge
Sunday, October 18
2:00pm Queen’s vs. Carleton
You can register for the weekend and receive a discount on game tickets at:
Prior to the Tindall Tournament, we have added a mid-week exhibition game as follows:
Tuesday, October 13
6:00pm Queen’s vs. Windsor Main Gym
Have a great Thanksgiving (Canadian)!