A third quarter fallout by the Concordia Stingers women’s basketball team led to a 59-48 loss to the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Citadins in the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) semifinals on Friday night at l’Université de Laval in Quebec City.
After falling behind 6-4, four minutes into the first quarter, the Stingers scored three straight baskets to quickly take a 10-6 lead. A foul by Stingers forward Tamara Pinard-Devos at the buzzer led to three free-throw baskets by Citadins guard Valerie Gauvin, making it 15-11 Concordia going into the second quarter.
Baskets were few and far between in the second quarter, as both teams combined for just 24 points. The Stingers only scored their first basket halfway through the quarter, with a three-point jump shot by point guard Ashley Clarke, giving Concordia a 18-16 lead. But it was UQAM who took a 26-24 lead at half-time.
The third quarter saw the Stingers only score two points. UQAM scored 16 straight points to open the second half before Concordia scored their first basket with 2:26 left. Centre Jessica Lubin led the charge with five points. UQAM took a commanding 44-26 lead after three quarters.
Concordia had a stronger fourth quarter, but the 18-point deficit proved to be too much for the Stingers. After centre Camille Michaud made it 46-26, 1:40 into the final quarter, Concordia scored eight straight points to close the gap to 46-35. The run was led by guard Kaylah Barrett, who was questionable to play in this game because of a sprained ankle she sustained in the final weekend of the regular season. She had six of the Stingers’ eight points in that run and nine of Concordia’s final 13 points. It wasn’t enough however, as Concordia fell 59-48 in this semifinal playoff game.
The Bishop Gaiters men’s basketball team pulled through in the fourth quarter to beat the Concordia Stingers 74-59 in the RSEQ semifinals at l’Université de Laval in Quebec City on Saturday afternoon.
The first three quarters of the game were back and forth, as both teams traded leads but could not hold on to them for long. The Gaiters held a 10-7 lead midway through the first quarter before the Stingers came up with four straight points to take an 11-10 lead two minutes later. Stingers guard, Jean-Andre Moussignac’s five points helped Concordia grab an 18-14 lead with 1:38 left before Bishop’s came back to tie the game up at 18 before the quarter was up.
The Gaiters found themselves on top two minutes into the second quarter thanks to a layup basket by guard Jona Bermillo. However, halfway through the second quarter, the Stingers found themselves with the lead again, after Moussignac’s three pointer made it 30-29 for the Stingers. Bishop’s narrowly led 36-34 by halftime.
Bishop’s took a four-point lead just 14 seconds into the second half and were able to hold onto the lead for the rest of the third quarter. This was due in part because the Stingers went through long stretches without scoring. Stingers forward Mukiya Post’s free-throw shot made it 42-40 for the Gaiters at 7:42 of the third quarter, but Concordia’s next basket came more than two minutes later. The Stingers were able to close out the quarter with three baskets to reduce Bishop’s lead to 52-49 heading into the final quarter.
Concordia managed just 10 points in the fourth quarter, allowing the Gaiters to run away with it, the game, and the win. Gaiters centre Mike Andrews had nine points and guard Onnex Blackwood added another six as Bishops beat Concordia 74-59 in the semis, ending the Stingers’ season.