The Gaels broke out of a lengthy funk, clinching a playoff spot along the way.
Queen’s defeated the Laurentian Lady Vees 80-68 on Friday to snap a six-game losing streak and qualify for the OUA post-season.
With a final record of 7-13, the Gaels could finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the OUA East. Their first-round opponent will be determined after next weekend, the last regular season play.
Once the post-season starts on Feb. 20, Queen’s will be searching for their first playoff win since 2007.
“For the past four years, we haven’t been able to make it past the first round of the playoffs,” fourth-year post Hanna Koposhynska said. “But this year we have a very good chance.”
Third-year guard Liz Boag led the Gaels with 21 points against Laurentian, while three other starters hit double-digits in scoring.
Queen’s topped the Lady Vees in every statistical category, aside from blocks.
The Gaels came out of the gates with a 9-0 run and didn’t relinquish their lead for the rest of the game.
“We exerted our will on the game,” head coach Dave Wilson said.
Saturday night’s tilt against the York Lions was a different story, with Queen’s falling 77-64.
The Gaels couldn’t find their offense against the Lions. Three starters only made one field goal the entire game.
Koposhynska led the Gaels with 19 points and Emily Hazlett scored 14 points coming off the bench.
Boag had a poor outing, scoring just three points and tallying six turnovers in 26 minutes.
“When I looked at them moving up and down the floor, they were exhausted,” Wilson said. “We were just not mentally sharp against York.”
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