I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the the official blog of the Laurentian University Voyageurs Women’s Basketball Program.
A lot has happened in the last six months for both Laurentian University Athletic department and as well as our basketball program.
Last February I took over the head coaching duties and continued to run the day to day operations throughout the spring and summer. In late August I was officially named the new head coach of the program. Here is a link to an article written by Randy Pascal.
It’s been very cool welcoming Shirl and Angie back to the program. It has been a while since they have been involved but I know the girls have warmed to the two Alumni Voyageurs Hall of Famers. Bill Gordon has also returned to the staff and has been a great resource.
The Athletic department has completed a major rebrand. New logo, new names, new apparel, new uniforms and one brand new Women’s Hockey program and a new start for the Men’s Hockey program.
This is our new logo!
Laurentian University 2013 Nickel City Invitational
The annual junior and senior girls high school tournament was rebranded this year and featured a single site (special thanks to Voyageurs Campus Recreation) and a 24 second shot clock on the senior side.
St Mike’s from Stratford won the senior competition and Notre Dame from Sudbury won the junior title. Fourth year player Rebecca Goodier did an outstanding job as the lead organizer and ran a very well successful event.
We began our pre-season with a very good month of practices and our annual Alumni game on the 28th of September. It wasn’t our usual weekend but the participation by our Alumni was awesome. Both teams played hard but in the end youth prevailed.
Our games versus CIS competition could have been titled, ‘Get on the Bus Gus!’ as we began our pre-season with a quaint 1000km trek to Thunder Bay.
Get on the Bus Gus…West
Lakehead 62 v Laurentian 60
Laurentian 65 v Algoma 53
Manitoba 60 v Laurentian 55
Our final preseason tune up took us 933km’s east to Laval
Get on the Bus Gus…East
Laval 62 v Laurentian 58
Laurentian 53 v Algoma 43
Dalhousie 74 v Laurentian 52
Our record was 2 wins and 4 losses with our only wins coming against AlgomaU. However we had many positive signs both as individual players and as a team. In all our games, except Dalhousie, we had fourth quarter leads. The rookie coach will take the blame for those losses.
OUA League Action
Laurentian 67 v Waterloo 49
Great come from behind victory. Down 14 to 2 in the first, down 6 at half, 2 at the start of the 4th the team stuck to their guns and ran off a 30 to 8 4th quarter to win by 18 points.
Wilfred Laurier 75 v Laurentian 54
Quick turn around with a 1pm tip off in what was being dubbed the Laurentian Alumni Shootout. Former Voyageur and current WLU head coach Paul Falco had his team in fine form displaying all the grit needed to be successful in the OUA. It was a learning experience for all of us that we need to be urgent and hungry to compete in this great league.
This weekend we host McMaster and Brock. Hoping for a great home environment!
See you there!