Ci­tadins Sweep Gaiters In First Home-And-Home Of 2016

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Three games in two nights against the UQAM Ci­tadins left the Bishop’s Gaiters women’s bas­ket­ball team with two losses. The 2016 por­tion of RSEQ Univer­sity women’s bas­ket­ball sched­ule tipped off on Thurs­day, Jan. 7 in Mon­treal with UQAM top­ping Bishop’s 81-52. On Satur­day UQAM spoiled the party in Len­noxville with a 71-47 win.

Thurs­day, the UQAM Ci­tadins jumped out to a big lead and did not look back. UQAM won the game 81-52. Af­ter a slow start the Gaiters found them­selves in too big of a hole. The sil­ver lin­ing for Bishop’s was they won the fourth quar­ter by a score of 23-14. Ash­ley Mil­homme (Re­pentigny, Que.) led the Gaiters with 19 points in 36 min­utes in­clud­ing a 7-9 per­for­mance from the char­ity stripe. Reign­ing Bishop’s Gaiters New­comer of the Year Noemie Hamel-Pe­tit (Ma­gog, Que.) chipped in with 11 points in the los­ing cause. For the Ci­tadins, three play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures led by Bianca Marois (Trois-Rivieres, Que.) who net­ted 21 points in just 19 min­utes of court time. Jes­sica Lu­bin (Longueuil, Que.) and two-time RSEQ De­fen­sive Player of the Year Quetelin Ce­lestin (Cayenne, France) tal­lied 11 and 10 points re­spec­tively. The Ci­tadins were able to put up 75 shots com­pared to just 35 by the vis­it­ing Gaiters.

Satur­day the story was a bit dif­fer­ent as the Gaiters held tight with the twotime RSEQ fi­nal­ist Ci­tadins. The hosts trailed by just seven points, 31-24 at half af­ter win­ning the se­cond quar­ter 13-10. The ex­pe­ri­enced vis­i­tors took con­trol in third frame with a dom­i­nat­ing 26-point quar­ter against Bishop’s 8. The re­sult put the game all but out of reach as UQAM cruised to a 71-47 vic­tory. In the win Ce­lestin reg­is­tered a strong dou­ble-dou­ble with 20 points and 15 re­bounds for UQAM. Lu­bin chipped in with 13. On the Gaiters side Mil­homme once again stood out, scor­ing 16 points on 6-10 shoot­ing. Hamel-Pe­tit added 13 while for­mer RSEQ all-rookie team mem­ber Naomi James (Ajax, Ont.) net­ted 11 points. Rookie Char­lene Pet­ti­grew strug­gled from the field man­ag­ing just one bas­ket in 13 at­tempts but did pull down 12 re­bounds. UQAM was able to fire 80 shots, mak­ing 32 of them while Bishop’s was only 14-44 from the floor. The dis­crep­ancy came thanks to 22 of­fen­sive re­bounds by UQAM and 27 Bishop’s turnovers.The Gaiters hauled in eight of­fen­sive boards while only forc­ing 14 Ci­tadin turnovers.

Bishop’s re­mains win­less sit­ting at 0-6 on the sea­son af­ter drop­ping both ends of a home-and-home se­ries with the UQAM Ci­tadins (5-1). They now head into a bye week and are next in ac­tion on Fri­day, Jan. 22 when the Laval Rouge et Or visit Mitchell Gym at 6 p.m.

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