(Report courtesy Carleton University Sports Information)
The Concordia Stingers edged out the Bishop’s Gaiters 70-67 on the final day of the fifth annual Metro Glebe Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Ravens’ Nest in Ottawa.
Jessy Roy (Val d’Or, Que.) got things started with an early basket for the Gaiters and they never looked back, leading for the entire quarter. They played a strong defensive game, getting in the Stingers' lanes and not giving them any time or space. Gabrielle Chamberland (Sherbrooke, Que.) hit a three to give Bishop’s a 10-point lead, up 19-9 with a little over two minutes to play in the quarter. The first ended with the Gaiters up 21-13.
Bishop’s had trouble getting their shots to drop in the second and Concordia was able to narrow the gap. Alex Boudreau (Chicoutimi, Que.) tied the game with a little under five minutes to play before sinking a three to give Concordia its first lead of the game. A buzzer beater by Kaylah Barrett gave the Stingers a 37-33 lead at the half.
The Gaiters began to battle back in the third and a basket by Catherine Bélanger-Paquet (Quebec City, Que.) regained their lead, 48-47. The Stingers still had the advantage at the end of the quarter though, up 55-51.
The close battle continued in the fourth, with only a few points separating the teams at any time, making for an exciting finish. Nekeita Lee gave the Stingers a 70-67 lead with 15 seconds left on the clock. Bishop’s couldn’t get a shot off in the dying seconds of the game and Concordia held on for the win.
Yasmin Jean-Philippe (Montreal, Que.) scored a game-high 17 points Katy Germain (Val d’Or, Que.) led the Gaiters for the third straight game with 15 points.
Both the Stingers and the Gaiters wrap up the tournament with a record of 2-1. Germain was named a tournament all-star after leading the Gaiters in scoring in all three games.
The Gaiters return to action on Thursday, November 11, as they open league play against the UQAM Citadins at the Mitchell Gym.