Another very tough and relatively successful weekend in Ottawa, at the Carleton Invitational tournament, featuring Thompson Rivers (TRU), Concordia and Carleton.
Queen’s 85 – Thompson Rivers 57
We started a little slowly in this one – looking like we were trying to get a feel for the game and for Thompson Rivers’ style. Mid-way through the quarter we started to get rolling, racking up 22 points in the frame. TRU kept themselves in the game with their 3pt. shooing, going 4 of 6 to finish with 16 points. Our defense tightened significantly in the second quarter and TRU went cold hitting on only 2 of 16 shots (0 of 6 from 3), while we hit on almost 69% of our shots to dominate the quarter, 24-4. The game, now out of reach, levelled off in the third quarter, although we added to our 26 point lead by 4, 19-15. TRU outscored us 20-22 in the fourth to finish out the game. Three players finished in double figures, led by Marianne Alarie with 17 points, going 6 for 7 from the 2pt. line, 1 of 1 from the 3pt. line, grabbing 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in 17 minutes of play. Abby Dixon finished with 15 points (on 7 of 12 shots), while Veronika Lavergne added 13 points and 9 boards.
Queen’s 73 – Concordia 65
This, as expected, was a very physical game against a very good ball club. After scoring the first basket of the game, we never relinquished the lead, although we never managed a double digit lead either. We shot 7 of 15 from the floor in the opening quarter, to Concordia’s 6 of 16, and also went 6 of 8 from the line to hold a 20-15 first quarter lead. The second quarter was almost a repeat of the first, going 8 of 15 from the floor and growing our lead by 3, 18-15 to lead 38-30 at the half. This proved to be the margin of victory as the next two quarters couldn’t have been more evenly matched: 18-18 in the third and 17-17 in the fourth to finish with the 73-65 win. By quarter, our shooting % was: 46.7%, 53.3%, 45.5% and 47.5% -- probably the most whole-game consistency I can recall. Again, three players finished in double digits, with Marianne Alarie having another outstanding game. She finished with 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Robyn Pearson finished with 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting and grabbed 9 boards. Emily Hazlett was the engine behind our offence scoring 10 points, grabbing 5 boards and 3 assists.
Queen’s 60 – Carleton 67
This was the usual, tough, grind-out style of game we expect when playing Carleton. Despite shooting 47% in the opening quarter, it was the in-close misses that prevented us from building a substantial lead. We finished up 2 at the quarter 17-15. Things bogged down in the second quarter, with neither team able to make a run, finishing 12-12. Carleton began to pull away in the third quarter, before we tightened up late in the quarter to end up down 3, 42-45 heading into the fourth. Once again, Carleton began to open a lead (as much as 11 points) before we closed the gap once again to 4. Foul shots stretched the deficit back to 7, 60-67. Carleton’s shooting % improved in the second half (47%), while ours fell to 30%. Andrea Priamo finished with 11 points and 6 boards, while Abby Dixon and Emily Hazlett each added 10 points.
Up Next on the Road:
Friday, October 28 @ University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) 6pm
Saturday, October 29 vs. Ottawa U (game at Ashbury College in Ottawa) 2pm
Friday, November 11 @ York 6pm (league opener)
Saturday, November 12 @ Guelph 6pm
Have a great week!