Women’s Basketball: “Outworked”

Concordia Stingers Women’s Basketball Team Loses Sixth Game of the Season

  • The Concordia University women’s basketball team fell to the UQAM Citadins by a score of 56-43 on Thursday evening at the Centre Sportif UQAM. Archive Nikolas Litzenberger

The Concordia University women’s basketball team fell to the UQAM Citadins by a score of 56-43 on Thursday evening at the Centre Sportif UQAM.

Citadins centre Jessica Lubin led all scorers with 21 points as the UQAM ran away with the game down the stretch, outscoring the Stingers 18-7 in the fourth quarter. Concordia forward Marilyse Roy-Viau scored 13 points in the defeat.

“They just outworked us,” a downtrodden Roy-Viau said. “We weren’t consistent.”

Both teams entered the game with opposite records. UQAM were tied for first place in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec conference with a 5-1 record, while Concordia were only 1-5 on the season. However, any predictions that the Citadins would dominate the entire game were quickly thrown out the window.

The game featured great defensive play, but sloppy shooting, as only five points were scored between both teams within the first seven minutes of the game.

As the game progressed, Concordia matched UQAM stride for stride and only trailed by 24-22 at halftime.

After the third quarter, Concordia was again only behind by two points with the Citadins leading 38-36. The stage was set for a tense and intriguing final quarter, however, the Citadins offence came to life. Lubin and her teammates seized control of the game on both ends of the court and held the Stingers to seven points in comparison to UQAM’s 18.

Concordia finished the game shooting only 25 per cent from the field, while UQAM finished with a 37 per cent mark. This led to many rebounds and UQAM’s height advantage played dividends under the basket as the Citadins were able to pull down 52 rebounds to Concordia’s 39. Lubin grabbed 17 of her own and registered a double-double.

“They had 52 rebounds and 21 of them were offensive,” Stingers head coach Tenicha Gittens said. “That’s big. If you’re just going to let a team bully you and get second chances with high percentage shots in the paint, then that’s what happens.”

“They had 52 rebounds and 21 of them were offensive,” Stingers head coach Tenicha Gittens said. “That’s big. If you’re just going to let a team bully you and get second chances with high percentage shots in the paint, then that’s what happens.”

Concordia and UQAM face off again on Saturday at Loyola campus. The Stingers will look to learn from their mistakes on Thursday night and exact some revenge at home.

“We are going to have to adapt. We are well prepared and we know what we need to do,” Roy-Viau said. “We just have to finish.”

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