Outplayed in Overtime
Women’s Basketball Team
The UQAM Citadins needed overtime to defeat the Concordia Stingers for a hard-fought 83-81 victory at a women’s basketball game on Nov. 13 at the UQAM Sports Centre.
“We played hard but we just didn’t get done what we needed to,” said Concordia coach Keith Pruden, whose team is currently 1-1.
The Stingers returned to Montreal for Saturday’s game having already beaten the Laval Rouge et Or 79-48 to open the season in Quebec City just the night before.
“We could have won [the game] fairly easily, but we made some pretty critical mistakes at times,” continued Pruden.
The Citadins took the early lead and had garnered a 36-30 advantage at the end of the first half in what was a physical battle between the two teams.
Scoring for the Citadins were Marjolaine Gauthier-Théorêt and Karine Boudrias with nine points apiece, while Irline Noel recovered five defensive rebounds.
“We came to play but I guess we weren’t prepared enough,” said Stinger Yasmin Jean-Phillippe. “Two of our players fouled out at the end of the game, which put us at a disadvantage, but the Citadins are a strong and aggressive team.”
Stingers guard Magalie Beaulieu tallied six points, while her teammates Kendra Carrie and Anne-Marie Prophete notched four points each to round out the first-half scoring for Concordia.
“We have to work on our tempo with the Citadins,” said Beaulieu following the game. “They are aggressive and they run all over the place, so we have to focus on different things like their quickness and their passes.”
The second half opened up with the Stingers exploding on the offence, making back the six-
point deficit they had dug themselves in the first half. But when it came to overtime, the Citadins won with 11 points to Concordia’s nine.
“It’s always a hard victory against Concordia but we stayed focused and came out [as] winners,” said UQAM head coach Jacques Verschuere. “The thing is everyone had a great game tonight. It was so close; if we let up just a bit Concordia took advantage and we just ended up winning. It was a great show for everyone.”
The Stingers are currently on a 13-day break from regular-season action and will play their next game on Nov. 26 against the McGill Martlets at the Loyola Gym. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.
This article originally appeared in The Link Volume 31, Issue 14, published November 16, 2010.
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