Buzzer beater

Pearson’s heroics key overtime win

Queen’s secured a thrilling win last Friday in a game that came down to the wire.

The Gaels topped the Lakehead Thunderwolves 67-63 in Thunder Bay, followed by a 62-71 loss last Saturday to the Guelph Gryphons.

The more notable loss was that of guard Meaghan MacDougall, who suffered an ACL injury and will likely miss the rest of the season.

The Gaels led in the first half against Lakehead by 18 points, before the Thunderwolves eventually took the lead late in the fourth quarter. With the Gaels down two with no time left, first-year post Robyn Pearson hit a 15-foot jumper to send the game to an extra frame.

The Gaels outscored the Thunderwolves 8-4 in overtime to win the game. Second-year wing Gemma Bullard led the charge with 16 points and six rebounds.

Co-captain Liz Boag believes the win was a reflection of the team’s character.

“The win in overtime was very exciting — it shows the depth of our team and how many people can contribute,” Boag said.

Gaels head coach Dave Wilson took the win with a grain of salt.

“There are lessons to be learned whether [Pearson’s] shot went in or didn’t go in,” Wilson said. “I told the players that it’s much easier to learn those same lessons after a win than after a loss.”

Saturday’s game against the Gryphons was a much different story, as Queen’s lost 71-62 while shooting a dismal 30 per cent from the field.

Sitting at 2-2 after four regular season games, fourth-year post Hanna Koposhynska has a positive outlook on the remainder of the season.

“It’s a very different team this year, but I think our chemistry improves each week,” Koposhynska said. “I’m happy with how we are all learning to play with each other and our strengths.”

The Gaels visit the undefeated Brock Badgers tonight and the McMaster Marauders on Saturday.

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