Losses at home

Women’s basketball falls to Ottawa and Carleton at home

Guard Brittany Moore puts up a shot during her team's 60-42 loss to the Carleton Ravens at the ARC on Saturday night.
Guard Brittany Moore puts up a shot during her team's 60-42 loss to the Carleton Ravens at the ARC on Saturday night.
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The women’s basketball team’s three-game win streak was stopped dead at the ARC this weekend.

The Gaels lost 83-46 to the first-place Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday before falling 60-42 to the second-ranked Carleton Ravens on Saturday night. They never held the lead at any point over the weekend.

With the losses, the Gaels fall to 10-10 and sit fifth in the OUA with two regular season games remaining.

Queen’s Athletics paid tribute to fifth-year players Brittany Moore and Christine Wallace in front of a 200-strong crowd at halftime during Saturday’s game.

Moore climbed to second on the OUA’s all-time scoring list during the fourth quarter against the Ravens. After the game, she praised head coach Dave Wilson for his mentorship.

“Every year has been completely different and unique. I’m just very lucky to have him as a coach.” Moore said. “It’s tough to think that I’m going to be done, but they have been five very good years.”

Although Wallace is wrapping up her fifth season, she has an extra year of eligibility after suffering a season-ending injury during the first game of the 2010-11 season.

“It’s definitely an option that I have,” Wallace said. “Getting into teacher’s college here would definitely change the aspect of what I do next year.”

The Gaels suffered their biggest defeat of the season against the Gee-Gees on Friday, losing by 37 points. Ottawa opened the game on a 23-0 run to begin the game and led 26-8 after the first quarter.

“How we are starting games is actually my biggest concern right now,” coach Wilson said. “We haven’t [started] well for some time, even games we’ve won.” The Gaels were out-rebounded 52-32 by a more physical Ottawa team. Gee-Gees forward Hannah Sunley-Paisley scored 26 points while collecting eight rebounds.

“They are bigger and stronger than we are with more veteran players than we have,” Wilson said.

Moore and guard Liz Boag were the only two Gaels to post double-digit point totals, with 12 and 10 respectively. The Gaels shot 28.6 per cent from the floor while the Gee-Gees shot 50 per cent.

On Saturday, the Gaels kept it close against the Ravens before allowing the visitors to pull away in the fourth quarter and win by 18. But Wilson said it was much better than Queen’s last meeting with the Ravens, when they lost 59-27 in Ottawa on Jan. 20.

“[Last time] we were bulldozed … today we were much better prepared for that,” Wilson said. “We lost the ball game, but we competed.”

With the score close in the third quarter, Wilson threw his clipboard to the ground in frustration after Ravens guard Kendall MacLeod stripped the ball away from Wallace.

Boag recorded 11 points on the night. Moore scored 12 points but shot three for 12 from the field while turning the ball over eight times against Carleton.

Next weekend, the Gaels hit the road to close out the regular season against the York Lions on Friday and the Laurentian Voyageurs on Saturday. Both games are at 6 p.m.

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