Lakehead Basketball to Host RMC, Queen's This Weekend
THUNDER BAY, ON -
The Thunderdome at C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse will be host to another weekend of basketball action November 19 and 20th, as RMC and Queen's will challenge the Thunderwolves. Game times, as usual, will be 6 pm for the women, and 8 pm for the men both Friday (vs RMC) and Saturday (vs Queen's).
Jon Kreiner's team is coming off two convincing home victories vs York and Laurentian last weekend. The RMC Lady Paladins will look to challenge the Thunderwolves with their leading scorer and guard Carolyn Pumphrey, who averages 10.2 PPG, 8.2 Rebounds per game and shoots 38% from beyond the arc. There are a total of 6 players are averaging over 6 PPG, and 3 players over 6 rebounds per game. The Paladins program, which is frequently towards the lower ranks in the league, is showing signs of life, as they scored a convincing win against Waterloo November 5th, 67-47.
Queen's are led by 4th year 1st team OUA Allstar point guard Brittany Moore (14.5 PPG, 17-18 from the foul line this year). First year wing Gemma Bullard is having a solid start to the 2011 campaign averaging 12.5 PPG including 46% from the field, 44% from 3, and 100% (7-7) from the Free Throw line. As a team, Queen's is 2nd the OUA in FT percentage shooting 79.1%.
Jon Kreiner on the competition:
"RMC is a tough team because so many players will shoot the ball well enough from 3 and they are strong and in tremendous shape. Queens is led by one of the best shooters in the country in Brittany Moore. She is struggling right now and we need to make sure she doesn't find her rhythm against us. We will need to control the tempo and not allow shooters to find their rhythm this weekend".
NOTE: Heading into this game, LU's Tasia McKenna is currently 18th on the all time OUA scoring list (1,133 pts), and 3rd for all time scoring at Lakehead (1,715 pts). (OUA scoring list counts points scored in OUA season and playoff games, whereas Lakehead's scoring list counts all season and exhibition games played).
Similar to the women's team, Scott Morrison's men's team secured 2 blowout victories last weekend against visiting teams. This weekend he hopes that his players can stick to the game plan as they did against York and Laurentian. RMC and Queen's will bring different looks to the court, however, and the Thunderwolves will have to execute and put forth another strong effort in order to continue their recent success.
RMC is led by their point guard, Gavin Viray-Cox, who can shoot the 3 and create his own shot. RMC could also present some problems for LU down low, as they have two large forwards in Nicholas Cooke (6'9") and Simon Dakin (6'7"). Cooke who have proven himself to be a good shot blocker and can also step out on the perimeter. Dakin is another 4th year player that has gotten progressively better every year and can score effectively from the high post.
Queen's will be looking to avenge a 75-74 loss to Lakehead in Kingston last season, a game which came down to a buzzer beating 3 point shot by Thunderwolf Andrew Hackner, whose footwork on the play was noticeably suspect upon review - Hackner had 16 points in that game. Fourth-year Dan Bannister is an all-round scorer for Queen's, and will get help from his point guard Chris Barrett, a 4th year accounting student who is quick and can create shots for his teammates. Timothy Boyle fills the 'hustler' role for Queen's, in that he is active on the offensive glass, in the passing lanes and a good scorer in transition.
Scott Morrison on the upcoming weekend:
"We have two disciplined and intelligent teams coming into the Thunderdome this weekend. Both RMC and Queen's run their offensive sets well and get after it on the boards. We are going to have to match each school's execution as well as extra effort for us to protect home court this weekend."
Game times are 6 pm (women) and 8 pm (men) on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20th.All times Eastern.