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Sophie de Goede of the Queen's Gaels women's basketball team looks for room under the basket during Friday night's game agains the Laurentian Voyageurs.

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams in action over the weekend:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Extending their win streak to three, the No. 9 Queen's Gaels (15-3) took down the Laurentian Voyageurs (3-13) on home court 82-48 Friday night during a special #BellLetsTalk game.

Bell Let's Talk Day is on Wednesday, Jan. 31, here is how you can donate:
- Text and talk: Every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and, new this year, Bell MTS customers in Manitoba
- Twitter: Every tweet using #BellLetsTalk and Bell Let's Talk Day video view
- Facebook: Every view of the Bell Let's Talk Day video and use of the Bell Let's Talk frame
- Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view - Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk geofilter and video view

With Bell Let’s Talk Day taking place on Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Queen's Gaels hosted a special day in support of mental health awareness. The stands in the ARC gym were swimming with fans and other Gaels varsity teams sporting blue Bell Let’s Talk toques to show their support for the initiative. The game also featured more toque giveaways and peer health groups from the student wellness services who provided information about mental health resources available on campus.

After a slow start by both teams the host Gaels were the first to find their game and went into the break leading 39-28. The Gaels found another gear in the second half, however, and pulled away, including a 12-2 run in the third quarter. The Gaels kept up the pace the rest of the way for the easy win.

Marianne Alarie led with 17 points and Andrea Priamo added 13 with seven rebounds.

On Saturday, the Gaels (15-3) put in another dominant performance for a 75-51 win over the Nipissing Lakers (2-15), on Shoot for the Cure Night at the ARC.

Members of the women's basketball team and Gaels community participated in a “Cuts for Cancer” hair donation during halftime of each the women’s and men’s game.

Veronika Lavergne led with 15 points and nine rebounds while Abby Dixon added seven point with 10 rebounds.

To donate in support of Shoot for the Cure and Cuts for Cancer click here

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (10-8)  rounded out the #BellLetsTalk night at the ARC with a solid effort but ultimately fell 89-69 the No. 7 nationally-ranked Laurentian Voyageurs (14-2).

Laurentian came out strong, grabbing a 23-15 lead after the first quarter but the Gaels put in an excellent effort to bring the score back to within a basket, trailing 38-36 at the half. However, Laurentian was able to maintain the pressure and gradually broke down the Gaels defence. With a number of Gaels in foul trouble, the visitors pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Jaz Bains led the Gaels with 18 points and six assists. 

On Saturday, the Gaels bounced back with a hard-fought win over the Nipissing Lakers (7-10) 80-68 at the ARC.

In a tight first half, the Lakers went into the break leading 40-38. But the Gaels solid defence eventually won out and the hosts were able to pull away in the fourth quarter for the victory.

Bains finished with a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists while Tanner Graham had 20 points and 13 rebounds for his own big night.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (12-3-2-3) put up a perfect weekend winning both of their games with shutouts by goalie Stephanie Pascal. As a result, the Gaels remain atop the OUA standings.

On Sunday, the Gaels blanked the York Lions (6-0-11-3) 4-0, with Pascal making 19 saves. Hailey Wilson, Alex Maw, Katrina Manoukarakis and Kaylie Dennis scored for the Gaels.

On Saturday the Gaels took down the No.6 Guelph Gryphons with a 1-0 win in Guelph. Clare McKellar potted the game’s only goal early in the second period and Pascal locked up the win with 20 saves.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 10 Queen's Gaels (16-5-3) took their second straight victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs (7-16-1) with a 3-1 win Saturday night in Sudbury.

Spencer Abraham, Darcy Greenaway and Alex Row scored for the Gaels and Kevin Bailie made 23 saves for the win.

With the win the Gaels moved into sole possession of second place in the OUA East.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (9-4) beat the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-4) in four sets – 25-17, 15-25, 25-16 and 25-19 – for a big win on the road.

Shannon Neville finished with 15 kills and a pair of aces while Julia Wiercigroch had 13 kills with three aces. Natalie Crews led the Tricolour in blocking with seven blocks.

On Sunday, the Gaels fell short in a tight game against the No. 7 Ryerson Rams (14-0), losing in four sets 25-20-25, 22-25, 18-25 and 22-25.
Isabelle Korchinski had 12 kills while Neville and Wiercigroch added 11 each. Natalie Crews had five service aces to go along with four blocks.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (6-6) beat the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-6) on Saturday afternoon, in four sets— 25-22, 20-25, 25-23 and 25-19.

Jack Peckham led the Gaels with 12 kills and seven blocks. Markus Trence and Lukas Kaufman both racked up 13 digs each, playing a fantastic defensive game. 

On Sunday, the Gaels were blanked by the Ryerson Rams, losing in three sets 21-25, 22-25 and 17-25. Trence led the team with 12 kills and seven digs.