Concordia’s women’s basketball team went into Saturday’s rematch against the Rouge et Or after a dominant 22-point win over Laval in Quebec City on Thursday night. The game on Saturday was a different story, as the Laval team proved to be a tougher test for Concordia, who edged out a 58-50 win.
The Stingers dominated the backboards, getting 42 rebounds in an exciting game that provided 14 lead changes, The Stingers also won the battle of turnovers as the Rouge et Or committed 18 turnovers in the loss. Concordia shot just over 30 per cent from the field, which is one of their lowest of the season. The good news was that the Stingers were clutch from the free throw line as they made 10 out of 11 attempts.
The Stingers started the game with a 4-0 run thanks to two early baskets by forward Marilyse Roy-Viau. However, Laval quickly responded with three baskets of their own. The first quarter ended 8-7 for the Stingers, Concordia’s lowest scoring quarter of the season.
The Rouge et Or jumped out to a fast start in the second quarter with a three pointer by forward Genevieve Derome. The Stingers would take the lead back with a basket by Viau, and had a 5-0 run which also included a three-pointer by point guard Ashley Clarke. Laval would then get two late three-pointers by forward Justine Guay-Bilodeau to tie the game at 25-25 heading into halftime.
Concordia’s guard, Kaylah Barrett, would score the first basket of the third quarter with a layup. However, just like they had all game, Laval stormed back with two straight baskets by Rouge et Or forward, Jannie Jacques, giving Laval the two-point lead two minutes in. The two teams battled back and forth, setting up a thrilling finish. Barrett’s jump shot with 42 seconds left would be the difference maker at this point in the game, as the Stingers went into the fourth quarter up by just two points, 40-38.
It was three minutes into the final quarter before either team could score a basket. Laval finally scored first, tying the game from a basket by forward Raphaëlle Côté. Fortunately for the Stingers, that was as close as Laval got. Two straight three pointers by Roy-Viau and Stingers guard Alex Boudreau would put the Stingers out in front and eventually seal the victory.
“We did not play well but we found a way to get it done that’s all that really matters at this stage in the season,” said Concordia’s head coach Keith Pruden.
Things got a little rough at the end of the game as Stingers centre, Serginha Estime, was kicked out late in the fourth quarter for allegedly biting Laval forward, Gabrielle Girard, on the arm.
The next test for the 5-3 Stingers will be a big one as they host the 6-0 McGill Redmen on Thursday, at home.