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Double header spells double trouble for Lady Bees

by Archives January 27, 2009

The Concordia Stingers have now lost three straight games after falling to UQAM over the weekend. The Lady Bees lost at home and then on the road, bringing their record to 2-8 this season.
The Stingers got off on the wrong foot before the game had even started on Friday night, when veteran guard Ebony Morris injured her ankle during the warm up. She sat out both games, and according to team officials her ankle is still too swollen to assess the severity of the injury.
UQAM’s Irene Noel led the team in scoring with 19 points on nine of 14 shooting, adding nine rebounds. Marjorie Gauthier-Theoret and Jessica Bibeau-Cote pitched in with 16 and 12 respectively.
The game was lost on the boards for Concordia, where they were out-rebounded 42-21 and 16-2 on the offensive glass. The shortened bench was also a factor for the Stingers, especially late in the game. Three players fouled out late in the fourth while the game was still in reach, including starters forward Kristen Portwine and pointguard Krystle Douglas, both important contributors.
Concordia’s top scorers were forward Anne-Marie Prophete with 14 points and Magalie Beaulieu with 10. Douglas, the team’s season leader in points, was held to three of nine shooting, scoring only seven points.
Even when the game was close the Stingers didn’t seem to want to get themselves back into it. Down only two in the fourth, they failed to connect on consecutive fast break opportunities. Though the game was always in reach, the ladies were consistently unable to string together any stops.
Coach Keith Pruden described the game as “very poor,” citing a lack of disciplined play. “Our last two opponents had offences based on driving the lane, we knew what was coming but acted surprised when it happened and got caught flat footed.”
Round two was more of the same for the Stingers. They shot a dismal 19 of 61 from the floor, falling 61-48. Though they came out of the gate strong, they scored only four points in the second quarter and were never able to climb back into the game.
The only good thing that came out of the weekend was the emergence of rookie Prophete. She was the top scorer on both nights, but had a career game on Saturday, leading her team in every offensive category. She scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Despite her impressive showing she was “very disappointed” after the game and had “nothing positive to say.”
“Stats aren’t enough,” said Prophete. “Nothing matters if you’re not winning. We have all the right elements to win, and tons of potential, but there’s no chemistry on the floor right now.”
“I’m not the kind of guy who’s happy with the ‘try the hardest’ award,” Pruden said echoing Prophete’s sentiments. “Our defensive energy was high, but we made critical errors. It’s not street ball, you can’t just run around and expect to win.”
The Citadins ran a balanced offence with four players in double figures, led by Marjorie Gauthier-Thoret who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. UQAM improved their record to 6-4 with the wins, moving them into a tie for second place in the division.
The Stingers have a week off to reflect on the losses, but must face the University of Laval who are 7-1 this season the weekend after.

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