Not the weekend we were looking for to close out our regular season: losing by 5 points to both Ryerson and Toronto, to finish with a 14-5 regular season record. The losses dropped us from the 2nd ranked team in the province to 5th, one spot away from an opening round bye in the playoffs. Instead of hosting a second round game next Saturday, we will host an opening round game on Wednesday against Laurentian. The winner will travel to Hamilton on Saturday to take on McMaster.
Queen’s 61 – Ryerson 66
To say we started this game poorly would be an understatement, going a full 7 minutes without recording a point. Five turnovers in that span and our inability to convert on any of our shots, left us down 13 before we found the bottom of the net. We did finish the quarter on an 11-6 run to trail 11-19 after one quarter. The second quarter was not much better, converting on only 5 of 17 shots and failing to get to the foul line once. We were outscored 10-13 in the quarter to trail 21-32 at the break. The third quarter we converted 6 of 18 shots, but were more aggressive, getting to the foul line 7 times (making 5) to score 18 in the quarter. Unfortunately our defense could not contain Ryerson as they matched that output, so we trailed 39-50 heading into the fourth. We came to life in spurts in the fourth quarter scoring 22 points, while holding Ryerson to 16, but could not overcome the 11 point deficit. Emily Hazlett finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. Robyn Pearson chalked up another double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Marianne Alarie added 10 points. Jenny Wright also hit double digits with 10 rebounds.
Queen’s 70 – Toronto 75
Another slow start to the game saw us miss 11 of our first 12 shots, despite having very good looks. Fortunately Toronto struggled to put the ball in the hoop as well. We then went on a good scoring spree, but Toronto managed to find their rhythm as well. First quarter ended with us leading 16-13. Toronto’s Rahshida Atkinson took control in the second quarter scoring 11 of her team’s 17. We put up 13 to trail 29-30 at the half. The pace picked up in the third quarter and we were unable to contain Toronto’s offence and with less than a minute and a half to go in the quarter, they were up 10. We managed to score 6 straight points to cut the lead to 4 at the end of 3, 50-54. Turnovers became the story of the fourth quarter. We had opportunities to control the game, but 18 second half turnovers killed any momentum we tried to establish. Jenny Wright finished with a season-high 28 points, along with 9 boards, 5 steals and 4 blocked shots. Emily Hazlett had 13 points, while Robyn Pearson & Andrea Priamo each hit double digits in rebounding, finishing with 13 and 12 respectively.
Up Next at Home - Playoffs:
Wednesday, March 2 vs. Laurentian 6pm*
* Please note that, as per OUA regulations, complimentary tickets are not accepted for playoff games. Tickets can be purchased at our Customer Service Desk.