Our final two weekends of the season saw us travel to Toronto to take on U of T and Ryerson. On Friday night at U of T we put up a good fight against a strong, experienced Blues squad. We were down 3 after the first quarter and 11 at the half. They came out in the third quarter with tremendous defensive pressure and we struggled with turnovers. We bounced back with a big fourth quarter (scoring 21 points, very good for us) but wound up losing 69-51. We played well in many areas but turned the ball over too many times and got beat on the boards.
On Saturday we took on Ryerson in a game that I felt we had a chance to win. We were down 2 at half and wound up losing by seven. We never really got going and suffered from poor free throw shooting and foul trouble (Emma Decloe). Once again we allowed too many offensive rebounds.
Our last weekend of the season was at home vs RMC and Queen’s. We took care of RMC on Friday 61-43 in a scrappy, defensive battle. Our depth and defensive pressure was too much for them even though we never really got going offensively. Saturday night saw us take on Queen’s who we matched up with very well. Unfortunately we got off to a disastrous start and wound up down 20-9 after the first quarter. That essentially was the ball game as we wound up losing by 6, 64-58. On a high note, Emma Decloe had a career game, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds against some very aggressive defenders. She really came on the second half of the season, and has come to understand how good she can be.
Our last four games were bittersweet as we have obviously really improved, but were only able to come away with one win. I felt that we could have gone 3 and 1 and the two close losses were a disappointment. These are growing pains with a young squad, but we need to take these lessons to heart and come back a better team next year.