We had a very successful weekend to finish off the fall portion of our schedule, recording road wins against Laurier and Waterloo. Further, we hosted our ID/Training Camp on Sunday, with more than a dozen highly skilled athletes in attendance.
Congratulations to Andrea Priamo who was selected as the Queen’s Athlete of the Week for her performances against McMaster and Brock (info was released just after my last Newsletter).
What does the NBA All-Star weekend have to do with our basketball team? See below for details.
Queen’s 64 – Laurier 61 (Jenny Wright tops the 1,000 point marker)
Continuing in what seems to have become a tradition of very close games against Laurier, this game featured 17 lead changes, 9 tied scores, and neither team ever gaining more than a 5 point advantage. The pace of the game was more to our liking as we ended up with 82 shots from the floor – the first time we have topped 80 shots in a while. However, our finishing was still not where we would like it to be, converting only 29 of those shots (35%). We lost the opening quarter 17-19 but then narrowly won the next three, 17-14, 17-16 and 13-12 for the 3 point win. We had a very balanced scoring attack with 5 players in double digits, led by Robyn Pearson with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Jenny Wright, Emily Hazlett, Abby Dixon and Marianne Alarie all had 10 points. Jenny finished the game with 1004 points to her credit over her 4 ½ seasons with the Gaels, securing third place on the Queen’s all-time scoring list.
Queen’s 84 – Waterloo 69
We opened the game with what appeared to be a more relaxed shooting form leading to a 24 point quarter (to Waterloo’s 18) on 9 of 19 shooting (47%). Our concern, however, was in surrendering the 18 points. While our shooting percentage dropped to 30% in the second quarter, and Waterloo rose, we still managed to outscore them 16-14 to go into half with an 8 point lead, 40-32. It was the third quarter (which had caused us some problems in the past) that actually blew the game wide open as we converted 13 of our 16 shots from the floor (81%) en route to a 31 point outburst, essentially sealing the game. Four players hit double digits with Jenny Wright finishing with a game high 19 points, followed by Abby Dixon with a double-double of 16 points and 10 boards. Emily Hazlett and Marianne Alarie each added 13 points. With her 19 points Jenny now has 1023 on her career, just 32 points shy of Liz Boag (2010-2015) who sits in second place with 1055. Brittany Moore (2007-2012) sits comfortably as the all-time leading scorer in Queen’s history (men or women) with 1,652.
Congratulations to Jenny Wright as she was selected as the Queen’s Athlete of the Week for her performances this weekend.
Queen’s to be a part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto
As you may know, Toronto is the site of this year’s NBA All-Star weekend, and we have been selected to be a part of the festivities. We will play our league game against the Windsor Lancers on Saturday February 13, 2016 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto as part of the activities surrounding the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. Game time is 4:00pm. More details to come in the next few weeks.
Our fall schedule is now complete and we sit atop the East Division with a 6-1 record. We return to league play in mid-January on the road against division rivals, Toronto and Ryerson.
Have a great week!