Just one game to report on this week as we completed our last league road trip at Algoma University with a convincing 67-34 win despite being only able to dress 10 players due to injuries. We climbed to # 9 in the National rankings thanks to our wins over Western & Windsor last week. Currently, our playoff picture has us ranked #2 in the province (behind Ottawa), with the final weekend of league play to come. Finishing in the top 4 of the province would provide a first round bye, followed by a home game. Finishing first in the province allows you to host the Final Four (must win your quarter final game).
Queen’s 67 – Algoma 34
We got off to a good start in this game, exerting solid pressure against Algoma’s offense and forcing a number of turnovers or highly contested shots. This led to a number of run outs and 22-6 first quarter lead. The second quarter, however, left much to be desired, as defensive breakdowns led to a number of open 3s for Algoma, and they took full advantage outscoring us 8-15. Our lead was cut to 9 by half, 30-21. We regrouped at half and executed much better in the third, outscoring Algoma 24-6 effectively taking the game out of reach. We led 54-27 after 3. We continued to play solid defense in the fourth, allowing only 7 points to our 13 to finish with the 67-34 win. Jenny Wright led all scorers with 16 points in only 19 minutes of action. Marianne Alarie pumped in 14 points to go along with her 4 boards and 4 steals.
Our last two league games are at home this coming weekend, with Ryerson and Toronto visiting Kingston. The games have significant playoff implications. Ontario is divided into 4 Divisions, with the top 3 teams in each Division qualifying for the playoffs. Those 12 teams are then seeded 1 through 12 (regardless of divisional standing), with the top 4 teams receiving a first round bye. The first round would see the 5th seed hosting the 12 seed, the 6th seed hosting the 11th seed, etc. on Wednesday, March 2nd . The quarter finals would then be played on Saturday, March 5th at the sites of the top 4 finishers. The highest remaining seed after those games will host the OUA Final Four on Friday/Saturday, March 11, 12.
With this weekend being our last regular season home games, we will be honouring our graduating players, Nicole Morse, Robyn Pearson & Jenny Wright immediately following our game on Saturday evening against Toronto. At half time of the game, we also have a small presentation for the parents of the players.
Up Next at Home:
Friday, February 26 vs. Ryerson 6pm
Saturday, February 27 vs. Toronto 6pm (Graduating Athlete Night)
Have a great week!