Women’s basketball splits in pre-season
The Gaels continued strong preseason play this weekend while hosting the Tindall Invitational at the ARC. The Guelph Gryphons, the Trinity Western Spartans of B.C., and the UQAM Citadins of Montreal also participated.
In the final day, Ontario teams were victorious. The Gryphons beat the Spartans 83-72 in the final, and the Gaels beat the Citadins 63-62 later on.
The Gaels’ single-point victory saw the lead change 10 times in the final seven minutes. With 1.4 second remaining, Queen’s forward Gemma Bullard stepped up to nail two free-throws to win the game. Liz Boag led the way with 17 points, and was named a tournament all-star.
The previous day Queen’s came up short against Guelph despite a second half rally. Down 15 points at the half, the Gaels scored eight to kick off the third quarter. Third-year guard Rachael Urosevic ended up 6-6 in three-point shooting, earning 18 points.
The Queen’s women are now 5-2 in preseason play with four games remaining. They’ll host the Laurier Golden Hawks Nov. 9 in their season debut at the ARC.
– Peter Morrow
Men’s hockey splits on the road
The Queen’s Gaels split two games on their weekend Toronto road trip.
The weekend started well, as the Gaels held on to defeat the Ryerson Rams 5-3 on Friday night. Saturday’s game ended on a low note as the Toronto Varsity Blues blew out the Gaels 8-1.
Efficiency and clutch goaltending was key to defeating Ryerson. The Gaels scored five goals on only 27 shots, spreading out the scoring between five different skaters.
The game against the Blues was a completely different story.
U of T scored early and often, taking the lead just 2:48 into the game. Queen’s squandered many opportunities, failing to score after registering 15 shots in the second period.
The Gaels were outshot in two games by a combined 98-56. Equally disappointing was the Gaels power play, which was 0-3 on the weekend.
Goaltender Riley Whitlock has made over 40 saves in all three games this season.
Queen’s will continue its road trip against the McGill Redmen on Wednesday, before returning to Kingston for a three-game home stand starting Friday.
– Josh Burton
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