In case you missed it, December 2 was the night the Golden Gaels men’s and women’s hoops squads gave themselves a confidence boost going into a month-long hiatus.
The women's team's 65–43 victory was a solid one. Even though the Paladins kept a good pace in the first half, a 21–6 third quarter was a perverbial nail in coffin. Despite shooting 33 per cent for the game, the Gaels made baskets where they counted. They shot 44 per cent from the freethrow line, and 77 per cent at the charity stripe—compared to 21 and 60 per cent for the Paladins.
Dave Wilson dressed eight players Thursday, with Brittany Moore leading all Queen’s scorers with 17 points. Post player Sydney Kernahan led with 12 rebounds.
For the men, an 83–38 thumping saw the Gaels keep the Paladins from scoring double digits from all but the third quarter. Every Golden Gaels player scored at least one point, with Nikola Misljencevic leading the way with 17 points and 88 per cent shooting in, brace yourselves, 11 minutes.
Paladins’ forward Nicolas Cooke led all scorers with 18 points. The squad, possibly looking ahead to holiday cheer, only dressed seven players.
For those Paladins men’s and women’s fans seething at the loss, the squad will have a chance for redemption when it counts. They will face the Gaels on the last weekend of the OUA regular season, Feb. 18, at Queen’s.