We had success in our opening round playoff matchup, beating Lakehead 81-53. Lakehead, the #9 seed in the tournament, upset the #8 Brock Badgers on Wednesday, February 22nd to advance to the quarter finals against us. Western, the #11 seed upset #6 Ottawa, then lost to #3 McMaster. Laurier #7 beat Toronto #10, before losing to #2 Carleton. Ryerson #5 beat York #12, but then fell to Windsor #4.
The top four seeds have now advanced to the Final Four, hosted by Queen’s this coming weekend: #1 Queen’s vs. #4 Windsor, and #2 Carleton vs. #3 McMaster.
Queen’s 81 – Lakehead 53
We opened the game very well forcing a couple of quick turnovers, leading to run-out layups, and by getting the ball inside to our bigs. Lakehead, however, battled back, as our shooting went ice-cold. We finished the quarter in a 17-17 tie. Lakehead opened the second quarter with a bucket that game them their first (and only) lead in the game. While our shooting was not great, our defense forced Lakehead into 9 second quarter turnovers, allowing us to put up 19 points to their 9 and grab a 36-26 half-time lead. We opened the third quarter quite well, but slumped again in the mid part of the frame. We finished the quarter very well, however, outscoring Lakehead 21-12. We continued to dominate on the glass and force multiple turnovers in the fourth, adding to our lead, 24-15 to finish with the 81-53 win. Marianne Alarie led the way with 19 points and 4 steals, while Andrea Priamo and Bridget Mulholland each had 12 points. Robyn Pearson chipped in with an efficient 10 points and 7 boards. Once again, our depth was a big factor in the game, with 37 points and 22 of 53 rebounds coming from the bench, along with 7 of our 16 steals.
Q’s SID Report: http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2017/2/25/basketball-w-no-5-gaels-and-lakehead-oua-quarter-final.aspx
Up Next at Home:
The Critelli Cup (Ontario Championship)
Friday, March 3
Queen’s vs. Windsor 6pm
Carleton vs. McMaster 8pm
Saturday, March 4
Bronze Medal 6pm
Gold Medal 8pm
Tickets can be purchased on-line at: www.gogaelsgo.com/tickets
Have a great week!