AROUND OUA: No. 10 Gaels knock off No. 2 Rams in Battle of CIS Top Ten teams

AROUND OUA: No. 10 Gaels knock off No. 2 Rams in Battle of CIS Top Ten teams

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Queen's 80 @ Ryeron 74

McMaster 81 @ Laurier 62

Brock 76 @ Waterloo 53

Ottawa 69 @ Carleton 56

Algoma 47 @ Windsor 91

Laurentian 63 @ Nipissing 57

No. 10 Gaels knock off No. 2 Rams in Battle of CIS Top Ten teams

TORONTO – The visiting No. 10 Queen's Gaels stymied the league-leading Ryerson offence for most of Saturday night and upset the No. 2 Rams, 80-74 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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The Rams were outrebounded for the first time this season and the Gaels had a variety of defensive looks that disrupted the flow of the Ryerson offence early on. The Rams committed an uncharacteristic 25 turnovers in the game in part because of that defence.

"They mixed it up a lot (defensively) which…definitely disrupted our offensive rhythm, especially in the second quarter. When we didn't rebound very well defensively either, we didn't get opportunities to get out in transition which is one of our strengths so those two things combined allowed them to get ahead and we were fighting from behind all game," said head coach Carly Clarke after the loss.

The Rams trailed 19-18 after the first ten minutes in a back and forth quarter but it was the second stanza that was Ryerson's undoing. The Gaels moved to a 1-3-1 defence and the Rams managed just ten points in the quarter to trail 41-28 at the half.

"They showed a 1-3-1 which we haven't seen in a couple years so that was tough to adjust to," commented starting point guard Cara Tiemens following the game. "We didn't adjust to it quick enough; we started to figure it out in the fourth quarter when it was a little bit too late. We made a good bounce back but it wasn't enough."

When Ryerson started to make those adjustments in the second half, the offensive numbers returned to their quarter average but they couldn't string a run together to get closer than six points.

Queen's Jenny Wright was one of five Gaels to finish in double digits with a team-high 20 points while Robyn Pearson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double.

Ryerson's Keneca Pingue-Giles (Winnipeg, Man.) had a career night with 31 points while adding 12 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals. The 31 point performance is the second most by a single Rams player in team history.

The Rams fall to 6-2 on the season while Queen's improves to 8-1 to lead the OUA East division. Ryerson is back in action next weekend when they host the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Source: Ryerson Rams

Golden Hawks can't complete comeback versus McMaster

WATERLOO, Ont. (January 16, 2015) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks dropped an 81-62 decision at home to the No. 7 McMaster University Marauders on Saturday afternoon.

The game began looking like a carbon copy of Wednesday night's game for the Golden Hawks against the Brock Badgers; while the opposition took the early lead, the Hawks clawed back to take the lead. By the end of the first quarter there was a healthy 25-17 lead for the home team.

Irena Rynkiewicz of Mississauga, Ont., was a standout for the Golden Hawks early in the game. By the end of the first frame the rookie guard had nailed back-to-back three-point shots to nearly match her standing record for points in a game (seven against Brock on Wednesday).

The momentum for the Hawks didn't last however, and McMaster took control for the second quarter. Fourth year guard Danielle Boiago of Hamilton, has been a powerhouse for the Marauder offence this season and proved her prowess once again as she drained a total of 16 points and pulled down six rebounds throughout the first half alone.

While the Marauders found their stride, the Hawks struggled to generate movement on their opportunities and it cost the home team as they recorded only eight points for the whole of the second quarter of play. As a result, the visiting McMaster team led 41-33 by half.

Back from the half, the purple and gold found their stride again as they went even with the nationally-ranked Marauders at 18 points each, but without finding a way to limit the opposing offensive attacks the Golden Hawks would not be able to recover from the deficit.

Boiago finished with a game-high 20 points, seven rebounds, and four assists to lead McMaster (7-2) to an 81-62 victory in Waterloo.

Rynkiewicz produced a standout game for her first year in OUA basketball as she matched fifth year guard Courtney Bruce (Orillia, Ont.) with their team-high 13 points each in the Hawks (4-5) effort.

The Golden Hawks look to even things back up with a victory over the Lakers when they head to Nipissing University campus in North Bay on January 22nd. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and can be viewed on OUA.tv.

Source: Laurier Golden Hawks

Warriors downed by Badgers on Fantastic Alumni Day

The Waterloo women's basketball team couldn't shake off a slow start and the Brock Badgers cruised to the finish line to sink the Warriors 76-53 as part of Fantastic Alumni Day on Saturday at the PAC. 

Brock outscored the Warriors 24-7 in the opening quarter and Waterloo could simply not recover.  The Badgers were sinking shots from everywhere in that opening quarter and would finish with a 45.3 percentage from the field while Waterloo shot 31.4 percent.  Brock also knocked down 11 from outside while Waterloo would only drain two 3-pointers.

With the win Brock improves to 6-3 while the Warriors remain winless at 0-9.

Waterloo got a spirited effort by Kristen Osborne (Markham) with 16 points including six from the free throw line.  Nicole Schlick (Prince George) was also in double figures with 12 points, going 4-for-7 from the field and 4-for-6 at the line.  On the boards Osborne led the way with six while Emily Wilk (Oakville) had five.

The Warriors had no answer for Melissa Tatti who finished the contest with 21 points.  Kira Cornelissen was also a factor with 12 points in the win.

The Warriors will be back in action next Friday in Sudbury against the Laurentian Voyaguers.

Source: Waterloo Warriors

Ravens come up short against No. 9 Gee-Gees

(OTTAWA, ON) — The Carleton Ravens were dealt a 69-56 mid-season blow by the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday night behind a career-high 23-point performance by U of O senior Julia Soriano. Carleton was unable to match the Gee-Gees for a full forty minutes as Ottawa (7-1) moved two games ahead of the Ravens (5-3) in the OUA North Division with an important road win against their rivals.

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In a tight first half of action, Ottawa's Julia Soriano shot the lights out as she buried four 3-point shots as part of her 13 first half points.  The Ravens struggled from the floor through the opening two quarters as the team went 7-28 on field goal attempts and only 1-5 from beyond the arc as Carleton trailed 33-24 after twenty minutes.

Ravens sharpshooter Steph Carr (Stittsville, ON) picked up the slack early in the second half as she nailed back-to-back trifectas to help the Ravens stay within striking distance of the Gee-Gees. Also helping the Ravens climb back into the game was forward Lindsey Suprunchuk (Ottawa, ON), who added 6 points in the third quarter. However, Ottawa remained in the driver's seat with a 49-41 advantage heading into the final frame.

Gee-Gees veterans Kellie Ring and Krista Van Slingerland helped Ottawa close out the game as the two combined for 18 points in the second half. The Ravens were unable to overcome a strong second-half shooting performance from the Gee-Gees, as Ottawa went 15-32 (46.9%) from the field.

Despite outrebounding the Gee-Gees 43-36 in the game, Carleton committed fifteen turnovers. The Gee-Gees protected the ball well as they only turned the ball over nine times, a season low.

Julia Soriano of the Gee-Gees, who only averages nine points per game, scorched the Ravens from outside all game. The fourth-year player's 23 points nearly matched the entire output by Carleton's starting five. The Ravens first unit was outscored 58-24 in the game by Ottawa's starters. Soriano's previous career-best was an 18-point night against York in her sophomore season.

Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON), Carleton's go-to scorer, had a relatively quiet game as she finished with 8 points on 3-13 shooting. The Gee-Gees were effective in denying her the ball on the inside and forcing the Ravens to find other scoring options.

Ravens forward Lindsey Suprunchuk finished the game with a team-high 14 points along with 10 rebounds.

Carleton will only have to wait a few weekends before getting another shot at Ottawa in the Capital Hoops Classic on Feburary 5 at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The women will visit Toronto next weekend to take on CIS No.2 Ryerson (Fri. Jan.22 – 6 p.m.) and the University of Toronto Blues (Sat. Jan. 23 – 6 p.m.).

Source: Carleton Ravens

Defending champ Lancers too much for Thunderbirds

The Lancer women's basketball team continued their strong play through the weekend as they dominated the visiting Algoma Thunderbirds 91-47 at the St. Denis Centre on Saturday night.
 
With the victory, the Lancers move to 7-3 and have sole possession of first place in the OUA west division standings, while the Thunderbirds continue to look for their first win of the year.
 
Windsor controlled the game from the opening tip and secured the win after the first quarter, outscoring their opponents 26-6 in the first ten minutes. The Thunderbirds found their grove midway through the second and were able to sustain it throughout the game, but the five-time champs proved to be too much for the young Algoma squad.
 
Once again the Lancers were led by Cheyanne Roger, who had a game high 15 points, while Andrea Kiss and Chout Angou both came off the bench to contribute 11 each. Algoma was led by Karissa Kajorinne with 12 points.
 
The Lancers will take to the road on Wednesday when they travel to Hamilton and face the McMaster Marauders at 6:00pm. The game can be seen LIVE on www.oua.tv.

Source: Windsor Lancers

Lakers come up short in a thriller

In arguably their best and most complete game, the Nipissing Lakers women's basketball team did pretty much everything right – except one thing.

The Lakers played three quarter of great basketball, they played half of the fourth quarter very well, but the last half, they were on the wrong end of some bounces and lost to the Laurentian Voyageurs by six, 63-57 Saturday night.

Lakers head coach Marg Jones said she was extremely proud of her team and they basically did everything they were asked, they just fell short of the win.

"They executed well, they did what we asked and they've been working very hard in practice, beating each other up," she said. "You can't ask for anything more.

The Lakers held leads of eight points after the first quarter, three points at half and six after three quarters, but a huge fourth led the Vees to the victory.

Nipissing was up 18-10 after the first and while they were outscored 16-11 in the second quarter, they did still take a 29-26 advantage into the dressing room at half-time.

In the third, the lowest scoring period of the game, the Lakers extended their lead by three and entered up the final frame up 40-34.

And just the opposite of the third quarter, the fourth was the highest scoring, as the teams combined for 46 points, with the Voyageurs holding a 29-17 advantage, which was good enough to complete the comeback.

Jones said their goal is to keep every game in the second half within two possessions late in the game – mission accomplished.

She also asked the team to execute their game plan – mission accomplished.

From top to bottom, they did what they wanted and what worked, but in the end, the Voyageurs were able to escape with the win.

Claire Abbott led the Lakers with 20 points and eight rebounds, Jamie Soffer added 10 points and 8 boards, while Ali Czich put up eight points and nine more rebounds.

If there's a loss that a team should feel good about, this is the one for the Lakers, who will look to bounce back with a hard week of practice and ahead of games next weekend.

The Lakers are back at home next weekend for a pair of home games Friday and Saturday night.

Source: Nipissing Lakers