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Guard Lisa Minutillo penetrates the York defence in last night’s win.
Guard Lisa Minutillo penetrates the York defence in last night’s win.

Women’s basketball outlasts dismal Lions

The Gaels ended their two-game losing skid by defeating the York Lions 70-63 without the aid of their co-captains, Liz Boag and Sydney Kernahan.

“We’re still a little bit unstable; not totally confident in everything we’re doing,” said head coach Dave Wilson.

Point streaks characterized the game.

With less than three minutes to go in the final period, the Gaels saw their comfortable 17-point lead dwindle to seven after a 10-0 run by the Lions.

In the first half, the Gaels kept heavy pressure on the Lions by attacking the paint, going to the line 15 times and making 12.

Despite checking out late in the first quarter by picking up two early fouls, post Hannah Koposhynska still finished one rebound shy of a double-double. She posted 15 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.

Wing Jenny Wright finished with a game-high 18 points, shooting 46.6 per cent (7/15).

Post Kernahan is expected to be out for few more weeks with an ankle injury she sustained over the break during tournament play in Puerto Rico.

— Jerry Zheng

Women’s hockey primes for title push

The Gaels remained active during the break by taking part in the Theresa Humes tournament hosted by Concordia University.

The Gaels dominated the Carleton Ravens in their first game of the tournament, winning 10-2. Centre Morgan McHaffie led the way with three goals and one assist.

The Gaels fell short in their second game of the tournament, falling 4-3 to the Ottawa Gee-Gees, before wrapping up the tournament with a 5-4 victory over the Concordia Stingers.

Through 17 OUA games, the Gaels have posted a record of 14-2-1. They sit one point back of the conference-leading Laurier Golden Hawks with nine games remaining on their schedule.

McHaffie leads the team with 25 points on the season, while three other players are scoring at a point-per-game pace. Goaltenders Karissa Savage and Mel Dodd-Moher continue to sit first and second in the OUA in goals against average.

The Gaels start the regular season tonight at home against the UOIT Ridgebacks, before travelling to face the York Lions on the road tomorrow afternoon.

— Sean Sutherland

Men’s volleyball up and down at York

The Gaels continued their promising rebuilding campaign with five exhibition games last week.

Queen’s opened 2013 at the York Excalibur Volleyball Classic, finishing 2-3 against OUA and international competition.

After sweeping Ryerson in straight sets on Nov. 3, Queen’s fell 3-0 to the Rams in the tournament’s opening match — their first game in over a month.

The Gaels alternated wins and losses throughout the tournament, topping the Memorial Sea-Hawks 3-0, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Western Mustangs and beating the Sherbrooke Vert et Or 3-1.

Queen’s faced Japan’s Budo University in their final match, falling 15-13 in the fifth and final set and losing 3-2.

— Nick Faris

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