Young Gaiters Fall To Rouge Et Or

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheBishop’s Univer­sity Gaiters women’s bas­ket­ball team once again showed mo­ments of ex­cit­ing bas­ket­ball but were un­able to string 40 min­utes to­gether and fell 62-35 to the Laval Rouge et Or on Fri­day night in Mitchell Gym. The Gaiters only man­aged sin­gle dig­its in three of the four quar­ters as Laval’s vet­eran pres­ence buried the pur­ple and sil­ver.

The Gaiters (0-3) have been plagued by slow starts through­out the 2013 cam­paign to date and Fri­day night was no ex­cep­tion. Laval (1-1) started on a 10-0 run that lasted just over seven min­utes of play. Bishop’s got on the board thanks to a pair of free throws from Naomi Zitt-James (Ajax, Ont.). The Gaiters first field goal came with 1:43 left in the quar­ter when Mara Lis Marchizotti (Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina) scored in the paint off an ex­cel­lent dish from ex­cit­ing first-year point guard Edith Noble­cilla Varela (Quito, Ecuador). Un­for­tu­nately for Bishop’s they could not muster much more ex­cite­ment and were down 13-6 head­ing into the sec­ond.

The sec­ond quar­ter was much of the same and a re­flec­tion of how the Gaiters sea­son has been to date. At times the young Gaiters showed like they could com­pete and bat­tled hard with the Rouge et Or, and at times they strug­gled to find their flow. Laval took the quar­ter 20-9 and grabbed a 33-15 half­time ad­van­tage.

Bishop’s tried to make a run in the third how­ever Laval was able to an­swer ev­ery push from the Gaiters. The stanza went 14-13 in favour of the visi­tors as they con­trolled play into the fi­nal frame.

With the game all but over Laval scored 15 points in the fourth and held Bishop’s to 7 to grab their first vic­tory of the year 62-35.

The Gaiters will have their hands full as they pre­pare for the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game of 2013. They face the un­de­feated and reign­ing RSEQ cham­pion McGill Martlets (3-0) on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 28 at 6 p.m. in Love Com­pe­ti­tion Hall. The ex­cit­ing Gaiters will look to put 40 min­utes of bas­ket­ball to­gether and end the first part of the sea­son on a high note. BISHOP’S BEAT: Marchizotti fin­ished the gamed shoot­ing 5-for-9 and tied a game high 11 points; she added 8 re­bounds and 4 blocks…Noble­cilla Varela scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, had 4 as­sists and 5 steals…The Gaiters as a team shot 25 per­cent from the floor (12-48) while Laval was 20-for-52 (38.5 %). Bishop’s did out­re­bound their op­po­nents 40-33 and al­lowed just 5 of­fen­sive boards while grab­bing 12 of their own. The Gaiters turned the ball over 28 times against 10 steals. play the McGill Red­men in a bat­tle for first place in the RSEQ on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 28. Tip-off is sched­uled for 8 p.m. in Love Com­pe­ti­tion Hall.

Fol­low the first place Gaiters through­out the year at www.gaiters.ca. BISHOP’S BEAT: Bemillo added an as­sist, 4 re­bounds and 3 steals to go along with his game-high 21 points…Naji was 6-10 en route 13 points. He also grabbed 4 re­bounds, had 2 blocks and 2 steals. Vet­er­ans Matt McLean (Ottawa) and Scott Ring (Ottawa) both had 11 points while point guard Ring added 5 as­sists and 2 steals and did not com­mit a turnover. As a team Bishop’s was 31-65 (47.7 %) from the floor, but just 4-25 (16%) from be­hind the arc. They were out-re­bounded 37-35 and gave up 16 of­fen­sive boards while grab­bing 11 of their own. The Gaiters had 14 as­sists, just 9 turnovers and 14 steals while Laval turned the ball over 20 times.

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