My first official Game Report of the season! I should preface this by saying that when I write my game reports, I try to be honest and objective (as objective as I can be in a coaching role :)). Some readers have commented on my writing surprised that it is not a little more “sugar-coated” when we play poorly or lose a game, etc. Suffice it to say – “not my style.”
Queen’s 55 – Abilene Christian University 85
The final score is certainly not very flattering, but also not indicative of the overall competitiveness of the game (at least for the first 3 quarters). In fact, we started the game very well – particularly our shooting , going 7 for 13 in the opening frame. After we opened up a 21-8 lead, Abilene scored the final 7 points of the quarter to close to 21-15. It was Abilene’s turn to shoot well in the second quarter, converting 11 of their 18 attempts, outscoring us 25 -14 to lead 35-40 at the half. The third quarter saw each team shoot in the mid to upper 30s (%) with Abilene increasing their lead by 3 (16-19). Trailing by 8 points heading into the fourth quarter, the first few minutes of the quarter went by with neither team able to find the bottom of the net. However, is was the final 7 minutes that saw Abilene shoot the lights out, while we continued to come up empty. We were outscored 26-4 in the fourth, turning that 8 point deficit into an ugly 30 point loss. Rebounding and turnovers caused us the most grief, being outrebounded 28-46, along with 28 turnovers to Abilene’s 16.
Because of injuries, we were only able to dress 9 of our 15 players, but, we still had 3 players in double digits (Marianne Alarie with 14, Andrea Priamo and rookie, Emma Ritcey, each with 10), another player with 9 (Sarah Saftich), and another with 8 (Myriam Fontaine).
We will be heading into Training Camp on August 28th, in preparation for the season and our next exhibition play, September 28th at St. Lawrence College, our cross-town competitors.
Our Alumni/Homecoming weekend follows that on the October 14-16 weekend. We will be hosting our Tindall Tournament with Alberta, Laval and Acadia in attendance, along with our Alumni vs. Alumni game. Our Reception to honour our team members from the 2000-01 to 2004-05 will follow our game on the Friday evening, complete with Silent Auction. More details will be forthcoming, but it should be an incredibly exciting weekend, as the University will be celebrating its 175th anniversary, and the official opening of our new George Richardson Stadium.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!