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Gaels shine at NBA All-Star Weekend

NBA All-Star Weekend
Andrea Priamo led the Queen's Gaels to a 60-41 win over the Windsor Lancers at NBA Centre Court at the Enercare Centre in Toronto as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on Saturday. (Photo by Michael P. Hall)

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels (13-3) defeated the five-time defending CIS women's basketball champion No. 10 Windsor Lancers (12-5) 60-41 at NBA Centre Court at the Enercare Centre in Toronto as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend festivities on Saturday.

Andrea Priamo took home player of the game honours for Queen's thanks to a 12-point and 10-rebound performance while Jenny Wright led all scorers with 14 points while adding eight rebounds.

On Friday, Abby Dixon picked up a game-high 17 points and made some key jumpers down the stretch in the fourth quarter, as the Gaels held off the Western Mustangs for a 69-64 victory at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC).

WRESTLING

Already well-known for her exploits on the rugby field with the CIS silver medal-winning Queen’s Gaels, Gillian Pegg has now added OUA Outstanding Female Wrestler to her already-impressive sporting resume.

Pegg claimed the gold in the 82kg-class at the OUA Wrestling Championships, leading Queen's to a fifth-place finish in the women's team event. Over her career at Queen's Pegg has also won numerous All-Canadian honours in rugby.

The Gaels men's team placed seventh overall.

Pegg now advances to the CIS Wrestling Championships, to be hosted by Brock Universitybeginning Feb. 24.

CURLING

The Queen’s Gaels men’s curling team reached the bronze final at the OUA Curling Championships in Guelph, but lost 7-3 against Brock University to finish in fourth place. The team finished a perfect 7-0 in round-robin play but lost to the University of Waterloo in the semifinal.

On the women’s side, the Gaels finished with a 5-2 record but needed to break a tie with the University of Guelph for the final playoff spot in Pool A. The Gryphons wrapped up the match with six points in three ends and Queen’s settled for a seventh place finish overall.

The Gaels teams collected five OUA All-Star spots, four on the men's side and one on the women's.

FENCING

For a second straight year, the Queen's Gaels claimed third place in the OUA Men's Fencing Championship hosted by the University of Ottawa, Feb. 13-14

For Queen's, John Wright took the gold in Individual Épeé, winning the Desjarlais trophy, and Jimmy Wintle earned the silver medal in Individual Sabre. Both the Épeé and Sabre teams won bronze in the team relay events. 

Wright and Wintle were named OUA All Stars.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

A late comeback by the Queen's Gaels men's basketball team (10-7) came up just short against the Windsor Lancers for a 93-87 loss on Saturday at the ARC.

Sukhpreet Singh dropped a game-high 30 points, 24 of which came in the second half, and Tanner Graham added 21 points, five rebounds, and two blocks in a losing cause for the Gaels.

On Friday, the Gaels earned a thrilling comeback victory at the ARC. After tying the contest in the dying seconds with three free throws by Singh the Gaels completed the comeback in the extra period to defeat the Western Mustangs 99-93. Graham notched a game-high 24 points.

MEN'S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (17-7-4) defeated Laurentian 4-0 on Saturday at the Invista Centre thanks to a strong performance from rookie goalie Jacob Brennan who stopped all 30 shots he faced. The Gaels got goals from Taylor Clements, Eric Ming, Slater Doggett and Peter Angelopolous.

With the win, the Gaels will finish fifth in the OUA East and will open the playoffs on Wednesday against the UOIT Ridgebacks in Oshawa.

On Friday, the Gaels dropped a 3-2 decision in double overtime to the Nipissing Lakers (12-12-3). Darcy Greenaway and Shawn Boudreau scored for the Gaels.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (11-2-7-2) dropped a 2-0 decision on Sunday at the Invista Centre to the No. 4 Toronto Varsity Blues (11-4-4-3). The Gaels fired 33 shots but couldn’t find the back of the net. 

On Saturday, rookie forward Katrina Manoukarakis scored a hat-trick, and the Gaels picked up a 5-2 victory over the Ryerson Rams. Addi Halladay and Amber Sealey also scored.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

Fifth-year senior Mike Tomlinson tallied a game-high 20 points, and the Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team (14-5) earned their second win of the weekend on Saturday at the ARC, defeating the Windsor Lancers in four sets (25-18, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16).

Tomlinson recorded 17 kills, two aces, 10 digs and a block for the Gaels, while Marko Dakic added 14 kills for Queen's, who can clinch second place in the conference with a win against RMC in their final conference game next Saturday.

On Friday, the Gaels swept the Western Mustangs (9-8) in straight sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-16). Dakic chalked up 14 kills and Tomlinson added 10 kills, four digs and a serving ace.

The Gaels took time to honour six graduating team members before the game: Ivo Dramov, Matt Golas, Tyler Scheerhorn, Marko Dakic, Scott Brunet, and Mike Tomlinson.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (10-7) pulled off a straight-sets win (25-19, 25-18, 25-14) over the Ottawa Gee-Gees (10-7) on Saturday afternoon at the ARC. Shannon Neville led the Gaels with 11 kills and 10 digs while Shannon Hopkins added 10 kills, six digs and two serving aces.