Team drops two on trip to Ottawa

Gaels lose to Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees by a combined margin of 54 points

Dave Wilson has coached the women’s basketball team for 30 years, but he hasn’t experienced many games like Friday’s loss to the Carleton Ravens.

“One of the worst performances I’ve seen in my history at Queen’s,” he said.

The Gaels lost 59-27 in Ottawa to the second-place Ravens. Six Gaels were held scoreless and the team was outplayed in every statistical category. Guard Liz Boag was the team’s leading scorer with 11 points.

“Nothing was falling at all,” captain Brittany Moore said. “Carleton is probably one of the best defensive teams in the country ... that in combination with our poor shooting did not bode well for us.”

The Gaels were better on Saturday night against the OUA East-leading Ottawa Gee-Gees, but still fell 73-51. With four Gee-Gees over 6’0, the Gaels struggled to match up on defence.

“We do have difficulty matching up with Ottawa because of their size up front,” Wilson said. “They’re very well-skilled on their defensive end in shutting their opponents down and taking away what their opponents want to do.”

Moore and wing Christine Wallace were the only Queen’s players to record more than 10 points, scoring 12 each. Just like on Friday, the Gaels trailed in every statistical category except for personal fouls.

The Gaels came to Ottawa in third place, with aspirations to move past the Ravens into second place in the OUA East. But they now stand in fifth place at 7-7 and are unlikely to earn a first-round playoff bye.

The Gaels are back on the road this weekend to face the Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday and the Ryerson Rams on Saturday.

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