Laval Leaves Gaiters Look­ing For An­swers

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Bishop’sGaiters floor gen­eral Edith Noble­cilla scored 13 points for the hosts but it wasn’t enough as the No. 8 Laval Rouge et Or topped the pur­ple and sil­ver 63-46 on Satur­day night in RSEQ Univer­sity Women’s Bas­ket­ball ac­tion in Mitchell Gym. Laval was paced by Raphaëlle Côté (Maria, Que.) who tal­lied a “dou­ble­dou­ble” with 18 points and 11 re­bounds for the guests who im­prove to 2-1 on year while Bishop’s falls to 0-3. Satur­day’s con­test got off to a shaky start as both teams strug­gled from the field. Laval was able to pull ahead thanks to re­bound­ing and sec­ond chance points. When the fi­nal buzzer sounded Laval had put up 72 shots, making 25 of them (34.7 per­cent) com­pared to just 47 at­tempted and 16 made by the Gaiters (34 per­cent). On the glass it was a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance by the Rouge et Or. They grabbed 47 re­bounds in­clud­ing 22 on the of­fen­sive end re­sult­ing in 16 sec­ond chance points. That com­pared to Bishop’s 32 boards, seven of them of­fen­sive and just two sec­ond chance points. The Gaiters also turned the ball over 10 more times than their guests (26-16). Noble­cilla (Quito, Ecuador) took the Gaiters on her back as they chal­lenged the na­tion’s eighth ranked team. Af­ter trail­ing by five at half­time, Bishop’s seemed poised to find the win col­umn and Noble­cilla looked to be the one to lead them there. She fin­ished with a team high 13 points on 5-10 shoot­ing from the floor and a 3-4 per­for­mance from the char­ity stripe. She added four as­sists and a steal in 31 min­utes on the floor. De­spite the ef­fort Laval an­swered ev­ery push from the Gaiters as they went on to win ev­ery quar­ter and even­tu­ally fin­ish on top 63-46. Next up for the Gaiters is a tilt with the Con­cor­dia Stingers on Satur­day in Mon­treal. It is their last game be­fore head­ing into the exam pe­riod and Christ­mas break. Con­cor­dia will also be look­ing to find their vic­tory of the year as they sit at 0-3 along­side the Gaiters in the base­ment of the RSEQ. Game time for Satur­day’s con­test is set for 2 p.m. at Con­cor­dia Gym­na­sium.

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