Monday, February 8, 2016

Women's Basketball - Game Report

Hi Folks,

We got back on track this weekend with wins over Guelph and Lakehead, outscoring our opponents in each of the 8 quarters.  With last week’s losses in Ottawa, we dropped to 12th in the country – we’ll have to see what impact the two wins have this weekend.  Our league record is now 11-3, good enough for a first place tie in our division with Ryerson.

Queen’s 75 – Guelph 61
This game had a very sloppy start, for both teams, as we turned the ball over 7 times and Guelph turned it over 5 times.  Despite that, the pace allowed us to get up 19 shots, converting on only 6, but still managing a 16-13 lead.  Unfortunately, our ability to take care of the ball did not improve in the second quarter, coughing it up 8 times, but still managing to outscore Guelph 17-13 to build a 33-26 half-time lead.  Despite reducing our turnovers to just 2 in the third quarter, we could not create much separation from Guelph, only adding one point to our lead, 19-18.  It wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that we began to separate, eventually building a 15 point lead, while holding Guelph without a field goal for the last 2 minutes of the game.  We had a good spread in scoring with 5 players hitting double digits, two of whom had double-doubles.  Robyn Pearson led the way with 20 points (on 9 of 16 shooting) and 15 boards.  Emily Hazlett had 14 points and 8 assists, while Marianne Alarie continued her fine play with 13 points.  Abby Dixon chipped in with 11 points and 5 boards, while Jenny Wright had the other double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

Queen’s 69 – Lakehead 51
Lakehead did a very good job of keeping us off balance in the first half of this game, using a variety of combination defenses (box & 1, matchup zone).  Our shooting percentage (21%) was not helping any either, but the pace of the game allowed us to get up 28 shots in the first quarter, and a 15-11 opening quarter lead.  The second quarter was not any prettier, as we committed 6 turnovers and shot 31% to outscore Lakehead 15-12 for a 30-23 halftime lead.  We made significant improvements in the second half, and began to pull apart their defenses, outscoring them, 20-14 in the third and 19-14 in the fourth, shooting 42% and 43% respectively to finish with the 69-51 win.  Abby Dixon recorded a double-double, with 15 points and 11 boards, while Emily Hazlett almost matched her with 13 points and 9 boards.  Andrea Priamo finished with 11 points and 7 boards, while Robyn Pearson added another double-double to her belt, with 10 and 10.

The Lakehead game also marked our “Shoot for the Cure”, Breast Cancer Research game, where 6 of our team members provided locks of their hair to make wigs for cancer patients.  Donations have topped their $5,000 goal, currently at $5,350.  Additionally, all of our players sold tickets to the game to raise another $375, bringing the total to $5,725.  Donations can still be made at:
Congratulations and thank you to team organizer, Andrea Priamo, and the 6 hair-donating volunteers: Marianne Alarie, Kat Holt, Maddie Morris, Megan Saftich, Chris Booker (team athletic trainer), and Stephanie Edmunds (team strength trainer).

NBA All-Star Weekend Update
Our game time on Saturday, February 13 against Windsor is at 4:30pm (was originally 4pm), and now there is a $5 discount available for students by:

For student tickets only:
2)            Select Saturday, February 13, 2pm
3)            Select # of tickets
4)            Click “OUA Offer”
5)            Enter code: 5OFFOUA

Up Next at Home:
Friday, February 12 vs. Western  6pm

Up Next on the Road:
Saturday, February 13 vs. Windsor @ EnerCare Centre (NBA All-Star weekend – Toronto)

Saturday, February 20 @ Algoma  6pm

Have a great week!