December 19, 2005      
Basketball Recaps...

Menís Basketball
Tough pre-season prepares team for a great regular season start
The team began the first day of school with a morning sprint conditioning program which continued throughout September. By October the team was anxious to play a Thanksgiving home opener versus St. Michaelís College (NCAA Division 2) from Vermont. We were ready and led from the start for a convincing 82-70 victory.

The team then headed Carletonís House-Laughton Tournament, opening up against three time defending National Champ Carleton. The effort was great; we lost by 11 in a very well played game. The next night against the defending Canada west champion Alberta Golden Bears the Gaiters looked like champs surprising Alberta with a 79-66 win. Sundayís game against UWO finished in uninspiring 57-50 loss. Jeff Szita was selected to the tournament all star team. The team then travelled to the Laurentian tournament to take on Laurentian, Western and Dalhousie- three schools we believed we had an excellent chance of beating. A horrible shooting weekend left us with three losses by a total of 13 points.

November saw one final pre-season against Ivy League Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. An 85-62. loss, but a good experience that showed us a lot of things we need to work on. The QSSF season began with us opening at UQAM. Leading 22-7 after the first five minutes things looked good Ė until they changed to a zone and we stopped attacking and ended up on the losing end 80-63. This was followed by another easy road trip to Quebec City to face the nationís #1 ranked Laval rouge et Or! We stuck to our game plan and shocked the basketball community with a 64-63 win! We followed this up with another road win 74-62 at McGill before coming home to finish the season against Laval.

We were on the wrong end of a listless 35-19 game at half time. This is a crazy game and you are never out of it unless you think you are. I cannot explain the turnaround that saw us outscore Laval 53-29 in the second half but the Mitchell gymnasium krazies sure appreciated it and we ended the semester with a huge 72-64 win and a 3-1 conference record , good enough for first place and a #14 national ranking. There is still a lot of work to but we look forward, with confidence and the knowledge that we can win, to an exciting and extremely challenging 2006 semester.
Ed Pomykala

Women's Basketball
Run, gun and have fun clicking on all cylinders
Success continues to surround the Lady Gaiters basketball program- and it may just keep getting better! Rod Gilpinís charges have taken on all comers this past term, playing schools from coast to coast with an extremely challenging schedule. The team ventured out west in October to play powerhouses Simon Fraser, UBC and UVIC and came out with a quality win and two solid performances in close loses.

The Lady Gaiters followed up on their western Canada swing with games in upstate New York losing to Syracuse of the Big East conference by 17 and then a nail biting three point loss the next day versus Siena College. The team registered quality non conference wins against York, UVIC, and St. Maryís, and looked very strong in first semester action in the tough QSSF conference where they finished the first semester with a 3-1 record. The Ďrun, gun and have funí Gaiters defeated the then #1 Laval in Quebec City by 8 points and had wins at McGill and UQAM. Only a close 7 point defeat to Laval at home prevented the team from enjoying a perfect league mark.

There is great balance and chemistry on this team. Led by veterans Annouk Boulanger, Lo Pitfield, France Lanoie and Emilie Crofton, a solid group of rookies have also played quality minutes this semester. Currently sitting #8 in the national rankings the team is looking forward to an exciting second semester of action.
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