Disastrous Second Quarter Sinks Stingers in Loss to UQAM
For the fifth consecutive time in the past two seasons, Concordia’s women basketball team came up short against UQAM as they lost 60-44 this past Thursday night. Following the game, Stingers head coach Keith Pruden expressed his displeasure with the officiating. Again.
“I’m extremely angry with the officiating because as far as I am concerned, UQAM is basically very unskilled but very athletic,” he said. “[UQAM plays] very very physical and the referees let them be physical, it’s not hockey,” he said.
However, Pruden also expressed disappointment his team didn’t take advantage of a tactic that recently made headlines in the sports world.
“I wish we had deflated the balls,” he mused, in light of the recent ‘Deflate Gate’ controversy that has struck the New England Patriots of the National Football League.
The Stingers were abysmal offensively, converting just 15 of their 62 field goals, and made only one three-point shot on eight attempts.
“We couldn’t shoot in a ocean tonight,” Pruden said. “We missed a lot of easy shots. We rushed shoots and didn’t execute well offensively.”
On the other end, UQAM made the best of their opportunities and began pulling away in the second quarter, outscoring Concordia 26-11 while scoring five three-pointers.
Throughout the game, the Citadins dominated the boards, collecting 46 rebounds—only 32 for Concordia—and were able to count of the contribution of multiple weapons as three of their players scored 10 points or more.
It was the complete opposite for the Stingers as forward Marilyse Roy-Viau struggled. She only scored six points, constantly got into foul trouble and missed playing time due to injuries.
“Collectively we struggled, it’s tough [to win] when we don’t have much depth on our bench, but I—as a veteran—I can’t complain,” said Concordia guard Kaylah Barrett who scored 19 of the Stingers 44 points. “I just give it my all.”
“We have to work on our defense and communicate better if we want to have a chance to win our next game.”
The Stingers, now with a 3-4 record, face the Citadins (5-2) for the second time in three days. Gametime is at 5 p.m. this Saturday in UQAM’s Centre Sportif.
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