Monday, January 18, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

After going 47 days without a game (November 28), it took a little while to get back to form, but we managed to win both games on the weekend, beating Toronto 57-33 and Ryerson 80-74 to capture sole possession of first place in our division with an 8-1 record.

Queen’s 57 – Toronto 33
It took a while to get comfortable with our movements in this one.  We were a little sloppy with the ball, 4 turnovers, and struggled to finish, shooting only 23.5% in the first quarter to lead 12-7.  We continued to struggle handling the ball (6 turnovers), but our shooting improved to 40% in the second quarter to take a 27-20 half time lead.  The third quarter was a repeat of the first, with our shooting percentage dropping to 21%, while our defence and rebounding kept us in the game.  We led 38-29 after 3.  Finally in the fourth quarter, we started to get untracked, primarily because of our defense.  We forced a number of turnovers, leading to run-outs and high percentage shots.  We outscored Toronto 19-4 in the final frame to win 57-33.  Robyn Pearson had a monster game grabbing 20 rebounds to go along with her 11 points.   Abby Dixon had 13 points and 5 boards, while Jenny Wright added a double-double of her own with 12 points and 10 boards. 

Queen’s 80 – Ryerson 74
This was a battle between two nationally ranked teams (Q’s 10, Ryerson 2) and a battle for first place in the East Division.  Scoring was not a problem in this game, it was more a question of who could get stops when needed, but more importantly, who controlled the boards.  Ryerson came into the contest as the number 1 rebounding team in the country, but we have Robyn Pearson, the number 1 rebounder in the country.  Both teams opened with good pace leading to a 19-18 first quarter, with us holding the slight edge.   Our shooting was fine (50%), but we had 6 turnovers in the quarter.  It was the second quarter where we inflicted the most damage.  Committing only 1 turnover, while forcing 10 (with our changing defenses – props to Olympic coaches Allison & Mike McNeill), we outscored Ryerson 22-10 to lead 41-28 at the half.  Ryerson grabbed 2 of those points back in the third quarter, 19-21, before heading into the fourth.  We stretched our lead in the fourth, before Ryerson clawed their way back, in what would become a bizarre finish.  They got to within 4 points, primarily on foul shots, when there was confusion on a call, first reported to be against Ryerson, then changed to be against Jenny Wright of Q’s – her 5th.  Jenny was forced to the bench, although was nowhere near the play when the foul was called.  After the Ryerson player shot 1 foul shot, further discussion ensued about the foul, and a change in the call occurred.  They assessed the foul to Andrea Priamo, instead of Jenny, and allowed Jenny to return to the game – then awarded the Ryerson player 2 more foul shots (because of the delay).  Fortunately, she missed the shots and we secured the ball.  Eventually, Andrea Priamo hit two foul shots to preserve the 6 point win.  Five players hit double digits in scoring with Jenny Wright leading the way with 20, followed by Robyn Pearson with another double-double, 14 points & 12 rebounds.  Emily Hazlett finished with 12 points and 6 assists, while Andrea Priamo had 12 points and 5 boards.  Marianna Alarie added 10 points and 4 boards of her own from the guard position.  We also out-rebounded Ryerson 47-43.   Also of note, Jenny Wright has now scored 1,055 points in her career and is now tied for second place (with Kingston-native and childhood friend, Liz Boag) in the all-time scoring race.  Brittany Moore (current scrimmage partner for the team) sits comfortably in first place with 1,652 points.

With the Harlem Globetrotters coming to town again, our local (CKWS) television broadcaster, Bill Welychka, has enlisted the help of our players in preparing him to play against the Globetrotters.  There will be some live filming going on today, along with some interviews with our players and Globetrotter, Zeus.  It should be a lot of fun for the players.
Third year forward, Andrea Priamo, has taken the lead again this year in our Shoot for the Cure, Breast Cancer awareness game scheduled for Saturday, February 6 at 6pm against Lakehead University.  Six other team members will be cutting their hair following our game to donate for the purpose of making wigs for cancer patients.  If you would like to make a donation please click on the following link:
You can donate to an individual or to the Team (which will be equally divided amongst the 6) – since they have a little friendly competition going on! is the place to go for our league game against Windsor being played at the Enercare Centre in Toronto as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.  We are part of the “Centre-Court” festivities in the afternoon session (2pm on the website) on Saturday, February 13th, with game slated for 4:00pm.

Up Next on the Road:
Saturday, January 23 @ York (1pm) NOTE: afternoon start time

Friday, January 29 @ Ottawa  6pm
Saturday, January 30 @ Carleton  6pm

Lastly, if you can’t make it to a game, please follow us on OUA.TV, as all of our league games are streamed live on this site.  We are also on Facebook at:

Have a great week!