It was a very high and a very low weekend as we split the two games, beating the 4th ranked team in the country, and then losing to the 7th ranked team in the country – our first regular season loss. We came into the weekend ranked 11th.
Queen’s 60 – McMaster 53
We opened the game fairly well, shooting 6 of 14 in the first quarter (43%) while employing a new defence to disrupt McMaster’s main scoring threat. Mac shot 4 of 20 in the first quarter, only scoring 9 points to our 14. The second quarter, however, was almost the reverse, as we went ice cold (1 of 14) and only managed 5 points in the quarter to Mac’s 13. We trailed 19 -22 at the half. Our execution returned in the second half, as we shot 47% in the third quarter, outscoring Mac 17 – 11, and 62.5% in the fourth quarter, outscoring Mac 24 -20 to grab the 60 – 53 win. We had a very balance attack, with 4 players in double digits scoring. Emily Hazlett finished with 13 points and 6 boards, while Abby Dixon added 12 points and 4 assists. Jenny Wright contributed 11 points, while Andrea Priamo was 1 rebound shy of a double-double, with 10 points and 9 boards. Robyn Pearson also hit double digits with her 11 boards to go along with 8 points and 3 steals.
Queen’s 50 – Brock 69
Once again, we opened the game reasonably well offensively, shooting 7 of 19, but struggled somewhat on the defensive end. We led 17 -16 after the first. The second quarter seemed to grind to a halt, with neither team effective at finding the basket. Only 19 points were put up in the quarter, 9 by Queen’s and 10 by Brock to leave the game tied at 26 going into the break. Things went sharply downhill from there as Brock came out and scored the first 8 points enroute to an 18 – 4 run, from which we never recovered. We were outscored 11 – 28 in the third, and again 13 – 15 in the fourth. The difference in the game was basically shooting percentage (Q’s 30%, Brock 43.5%) and rebounds (Q’s 36, Brock 47). Scoring was again spread amongst the same 4 players with Emily Hazlett chalking up 13 points and 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Abby Dixon also had 13 points, with Jenny Wright adding 11 points and 2 steals, followed by Andrea Priamo completing her double-double this time with 10 points and 10 boards, along with 2 steals and 2 assists.
Our league record is now 4 – 1 and we sit tied with Ryerson atop our division. Toronto is in third with a 2 – 3 record and York in fourth at 0 – 5.
Quick shout out to Gaels former standout player, Claire Meadows (2002-2007), now in her first season as Head Coach of UBC Okanagan. After dropping their first game, her team is now on a 5 game winning streak and sit atop their division (Explorer) in Canada West.
Last call for our ID/Training Camp – Sunday, November 29th
On court sessions will be from 9:30-11:45am and again from 1:30-3:30pm. During the break in between, we will conduct a facility tour and a question and answer session (for players and parents). The camp is designed for players in Grade 10-12 that may be interested in Queen’s as a university destination. There is no charge for the camp, but please drop me an email so I can keep track of the numbers.
We have confirmed dates and times for former Canadian Olympic Coaches Allison and Mike McNeill to come and work with our players and coaches in December. They will be in Kingston from December 27 to the 31st and will work daily with the team, and additionally in smaller breakdown groups (by position). We are thrilled to be able to provide our players (and coaches) with such a high level of professional development. It should be a great week.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, November 27 @ Laurier 6pm
Saturday, November 28 @ Waterloo 6pm
Have a great week!