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The Lakehead women’s basketball team will be continuing their hopes for the Critelli Cup this Saturday, February 25 by taking on the Queen’s Gaels in the OUA Quarter Finals in Kingston.
“We are very excited to move into the second round and face Queen’s. Queen’s finished first on their team play and ability to go deep into their line up. They have great size and rebounding, with a very smart point guard and a good mix of shooting and pressure defence. This will be a very tough challenge and will need to keep Queen’s off balance and hit shots.” – Coach Kreiner
Queen’s will pose a challenge for the Thunderwolves as the Gaels have proven to be a force this season, finishing 18-1 and ranked fifth in Canada. The Gaels are averaging 73 points per game and have a 9-1 record at home. Queen’s are also the number 1 seed going into the OUA women’s basketball playoffs.
The Thunderwolves faced the Gaels earlier this year on November 25 where Lakehead shot 33% and went 2-21 from the three point line, and only lost by 7 points at 68-61.
August Ricketts scored 12 points against Queen’s along side Katelyn Zen with 11 points and Bridget O’Reilly with 9 points, 8 steals and 5 rebounds.
The Thunderwolves are fresh off their 67-49 win on Wednesday night over the Brock Badgers in the opening round.
The Thunderwolves will need to focus on buckling down on Marianne Alarie who scored 22 points against Lakehead in November and Robyn Pearson who continues to be one of the top rebounders in the OUA, averaging 10 rebounds per game.
The Thunderwolves are up for the challenge and will face the Gaels on Saturday, February 25 at 6:00pm at Queen’s. The winner of this game will move on to the OUA Final Four on March 3rd and 4th.
Saturday, Feb 25, 6:00pm vs. Queen’s @ Athletics & Recreation Centre