Women’s Basketball: Back-to-Back Losses for Concordia

Stingers Blow lead and Come Up Short Against McGill

  • Head coach Tenicha Gittens didn’t mince words in her post-game interview after her team lost 59-49 to their cross-town rivals the McGill Martlets at the Love Competition Hall Thursday evening. Photo Megan Perra

  • Head coach Tenicha Gittens didn’t mince words in her post-game interview after her team lost 59-49 to their cross-town rivals the McGill Martlets at the Love Competition Hall Thursday evening. Photo Megan Perra

Head coach Tenicha Gittens didn’t mince words in her post-game interview after her team lost 59-49 to their cross-town rivals the McGill Martlets at the Love Competition Hall Thursday evening.

“We just played horribly, horribly,” she said. “Had we done that for the first half of the game would have by lost by 30 [points] for sure. We got slapped so. We just played soft.”

The Stingers dominated the Martlets in the first quarter, leading 14-0 until McGill scored six points to narrow the gap.

Playing in front of a crowd of McGill fans banging their pots and pans, Concordia didn’t look like they were intimidated by the full house. Guard and forward Marylise Roy-Viau and guard Richelle Gregoire scored five points each in the first quarter. The Stingers continued their dominance going into half-time at 32-23.

That’s when things started to fall apart. Martlets veteran guard Marika Guerin and centre Alex Kiss-Rusk led the resurgence as McGill outscored Concordia 14-7 and 22-10 in the last two quarters of the game, taking the lead for the first time with less than eight-minutes left to play in the game when fourth-year forward Jennifer Silver’s capitalized on two free-throws.

Photo Megan Perra

From that point on, Concordia played catch-up for the rest of the game and were never able to comeback.

“Coming into this game, fourth place and zero wins, its foreign territory for them,” said Gittens. “So they’re desperate. They responded well.”

“We weren’t playing as a team,” said Stingers guard Jazlin Barker. “Everything went wrong.”

The Stingers head coach also doesn’t feel like she can take any positives from this game, despite starting out strong.

“I’m not a coach that believes in moral victories,” she said. “Its either you win or you lose a game, a game like this no I don’t really have much good to say if anything.”

Gittens’ team will be in action on Dec 2 at UQAM for their last game before the season stops for the holidays.

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