Women’s Basketball: Buzzing Offensively
Stingers Defeat Rouge et Or, Win Third Straight Game
The Concordia Stingers women’s basketball team defeated the Université de Laval Rouge et Or by a score of 82-72, collecting their fifth win of the season on Thursday night.
After a high-scoring start to the home game, the Stingers fell into a rut late in the second quarter and were unable to capitalize on many occasions. Concordia scored 21 points in the first quarter, before only scoring 11 in the second.
That changed after halftime, as they pulled away by scoring 32 points, which was as many as they had scored in the first half, en route to victory.
Head coach Tenicha Gittens believes that although there were some rough patches, there was nothing to be really worried about on their part.
“Our girls played really well and they followed the gameplan,” Gittens said. “We were aggressive on both ends of the floor.”
Richelle Gregoire and Marilyse Roy-Viau led the offensive charge, collecting 23 and 21 points respectively, while Latifah Roach contributed 16 points off the bench.
“We got great minutes from Latifah Roach even if she didn’t get a lot of minutes during the season,” Gittens said. “Every time you step on the court…you have to make it count even if you don’t get possession.”
The Stingers were able to generate 19 points off of Rouge et Or turnovers, but were not given many opportunities to shoot from the free throw line as Laval stayed out of foul trouble.
“I find it was a really good team effort,” said Richelle Gregoire who was four for four in free throw attempts. “I’m really proud of the girls, they all came through.”
Another Stinger that shone offensively was Marie-Eve Martin, who made four of the Stingers’ 10 three-point shots, many of which came at key moments in the game to help generate momentum.
While Laval may be ahead of them in the standings, the Stingers were just looking to play their usual game.
“It feels good beating them, but it doesn’t mean much,” said Marilyse Roy-Viau. “We stayed to our principles, continued running our offense, and we made shots.”
The Stingers will face-off against their rival McGill Martlets on Saturday in the Concordia Gymnasium at 2 p.m.