The Wright stuff

Gaels overcome injuries to co-captains, capture second straight home win

Without co-captains Liz Boag and Sydney Kernahan, the Gaels captured a 74-69 home victory.
Without co-captains Liz Boag and Sydney Kernahan, the Gaels captured a 74-69 home victory.

Wing Jenny Wright is rising to the occasion.

The Kingston native shined in the absence of Queen’s co-captains, guard Liz Boag and post Sydney Kernahan, in her team’s 74-69 win against the Laurentian Lady Vees.

In the past two games, Wright has led her team in scoring while shooting above 45 per cent. She posted 24 points against the Lady Vees to go along with four rebounds and five assists.

“I don’t think what she did [Saturday] is that far off from what her norm will be,” head coach Dave Wilson said. “She’s that good. It’s certainly not out of her realm of her ability.”

For the second game in a row, first-year guard Emily Hazlett and post Robyn Pearson were inserted into the starting lineup in place of injured guard Boag and post Kernahan.

“I think it’s such a great sign for our program to have two young players like that come in and play really tall minutes,” Wilson said.

Hazlett’s defence made it difficult for Sasha Polishchuk, the Lady Vees’ leading scorer, to get 20 points. Polishchuk shot merely 26 per cent on the night.

For the Gaels, Pearson was one rebound shy of her second double-double of the season. She scored 12 points and collected nine rebounds.

“To quote my boss, ‘[Pearson]’s going to be a monster.’” Wilson said. “I certainly agree with her. She’s going to be a great player.”

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