Stingers squeeze by Martlets to go 1-1

After a loss last week to Laval, one would assume that the women’s basketball team might be happy with their performance on Saturday in a 57-51 road win against the McGill Martlets. The Stingers, however, were less than enthusiastic about the way they played.
“We were lucky today,” team captain Marie-Pier Veilleux said. “We didn’t play well for about 10 minutes and still came up with the win.”
Despite bouncing back from a loss in their first league game of the season, Stingers head coach Keith Pruden said that he was happier with his team’s performance against Laval than he was at McGill. “I’m pleased we won but I’m not pleased about the way we played.”
The early minutes of the game had both teams showing strong offensive capabilities as the score was tied 16-16 after the first 10 minutes of play. Fortunately for Concordia, the Martlets went into an offensive drought, not as a result of lack of opportunities, just bad shooting. McGill could have easily pulled ahead on several occasions as the Stingers were embarrassed on the offensive boards 22-13.
Fortunately McGill was just as bad on second chances as Concordia was with its rebounding and the Stingers would put together a solid 10-2 run to give themselves a 34-27 lead at half time.
The second half was one that both teams would surely like to forget. After scoring on their opening possession, the Stingers went over four minutes without a basket. Once again the Stingers came away unscathed as McGill failed to capitalize.
Concordia finally broke out of their slump when guard Jennifer Neill drilled a 3-pointer to give the Stingers a 39-31 edge.
Concordia reached their biggest lead following consecutive baskets from guard Pascal Morin which made the score 49-37. It seemed as though the Stingers were on their way to an easy rout when they got a taste of their own medicine.
With several minutes remaining, the Martlets showed that they would not be disposed of so easily as they came within five points with little over two minutes remaining. Nevertheless, time would run out as Concordia escaped with a narrow victory.
“We were really hyped for this game and it felt good to win.” centre Kristina Steinfort said. “But we still could have played so much better.” Steinfort was the one constant for the Stingers as she led all scorers with 16 points and also led the game with 10 rebounds.
After the game coach Pruden accused his players of an inconsistent style of play. “If we play that way against other teams we’ll get kicked.”
The women will be home for their next game on Saturday against Laval.

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