Stingers Briefs: Heartbreaking Weekend
Concordia Basketball and Hockey Teams All Lose During Shoot for the Cure Weekend
In addition to playing games at the Ed Meagher and Concordia Gymnasium, the Stingers were hard at work fundraising for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Shoot for the Cure weekend.
The initiative was originally started by the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association nine years ago. 47 basketball programs across the CIS take part, and other varsity teams lend their support. So far, it’s raised almost $900,000 in funds since its inception.
Members of the Stingers varsity teams wore pink shirts, and fundraised to show their support throughout the weekend.
The Stingers will be donating to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Stingers lost 77-64 to the McGill Martlets at the Concordia Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, snapping a three-game losing streak, and ensuring that both teams will face each other in the first round of the Réseau de Sport Étudiant Québec playoffs when they begin in March.
Concordia was in trouble early after forward Marilyse Roy-Viau took three fouls in the first half, forcing the Stingers to save her for the second half. In the meantime, Richelle Gregoire and Aurelie D’Anjou Drouin tried to pick up the slack offensively. Gregoire ended with 25 points while D’Anjou Drouin scored 15.
It wasn’t enough to stop McGill as four players scored 10 points or more in the victory. Guard Gladys Hakizimana led her team in points with 19.
The Martlets will play their next game on Feb. 19 against Université Laval, while the Stingers play their next game on Feb. 20 against the Bishop’s Gaiters.
Concordia entered their game against the McGill Redmen on a seven-game winning streak. Two of their victories in that streak came against their crosstown rivals back in late January. On Saturday at the Concordia Gymnasium, their rising high finally ended at the hands of the Redmen, as they lost 53-44 on Saturday afternoon.
Vincent Dufort of the Redmen led his team in points with 14 and also added 11 rebounds in the victory. Both teams have nine victories, but the Redmen lead the RSEQ conference with one less loss than the Stingers.
Concordia’s leading scorer was Schneiders Suffrard who only scored nine points in the loss.
While McGill has three more games left on the season, Concordia only has two games left. Their next encounter will be on Feb. 20 against the Bishop’s Gaiters.
Faced with the task of playing two games in 24 hours, the Stingers women’s hockey team lost 3-2 to both the McGill Martlets at home on Saturday, and 2-0 to the Carleton Ravens on the road on Sunday afternoon.
Concordia raced out to a 2-0 lead against McGill in Saturday’s contest, before allowing three goals from McGill, including two from Gabriela Davidson.
On Sunday, the Stingers and Ravens were scoreless until the third period where Carleton’s Kaylie Welk scored the game’s first goal. As the Stingers pressed the Ravens, in the hopes of scoring a game-tying goal, the Ravens added a second goal courtesy of Shannon Pearson to put the game out of reach.
Concordia’s next game will be on Feb. 19 against McGill.