Varsity Blues Women's Basketball
Dominate in Final Home Weekend (Feb 10-11)
On Friday the Blues had a good start pulling ahead by
10 early but Laurentian gave the Blues a battle and
fought back to end the quarter behind just 3 at 18-15.
After this Laurentian scored just 15 points over the
next 20 minutes as the Toronto pressure created turnover
after turnover and the Blues went up 36-25 at the half
and then 53-30 after three. In the final period with
the starters cooled out and resting Laurentian made
a bit of a run to make it look close but Toronto held
on for a 69-51 win.
The Blues had a poor night shooting with just 32% on
73 opportunities but out-rebounding the Lady Vees 52-35
and forcing 35 turnovers resulted in 29 more shots for
the Blues. Toronto had a big 29 offensive rebounds.
The Player of the Game was Amanda
Lauzon who led the team with a season high
16 points to go with 6 boards. Megan Stoncius
followed with 12 points and 6 boards while Joanna
Medri also chipped in with 12 points as all
of the Blues players made it onto the score sheet. Although
Jill Stratton scored
just 9 points she led the team with 4 assists and an
outstanding 8 steals.
On Saturday the York Lions were the guests on
Senior Night and the Blues were not
interested in being very good hosts. Toronto held York
to just 3 first quarter points as the Blues rolled to
a 22-3 lead which was extended to 33-12 at the break.
The second half was very low scoring but the Blues continued
to press and force turnovers out-scoring the Lions 25-15
to finish off York 58-27.
York was short handed and used only 6 players
as Toronto forced another 34 TOs to gain 21 more shots
and held the Lions to just 22% shooting.
Jill Stratton led the Blues with
15 points, 9 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals while Rachael
Sider followed with 10 points and 5 boards.
Joanna Medri had a big defensive game
with 7 steals.
Next weekend the Blues will travel to Ottawa for
the final two league games. After Ryerson knocked the
Blues out of the Top Ten with last weeks upset win over
the Blues, this week Toronto will need some help from
Ryerson if the Blues are to finish in second place and
gain a first round bye and host a home court semi-final.
Toronto will need to beat both Carleton and Ottawa on
their home courts (Toronto needs to win by 5 over Carleton)
and then the Blues need Ryerson to pull off another
upset Saturday at Carleton. The Blues have clinched
at least 3rd place and a quarter final home game but
second is still a mathematical possibility. Ottawa has
clinched first and Ryerson is still in the fight for
Blues at Carleton Fri Feb 17 and at Ottawa Sat
Feb 18 with tip off at 6:00pm.
Streak Ends at Ryerson (Fri Feb 3)
Toronto drops to third place behind Carleton with a
close loss at Ryerson. This costly defeat will mean
that the Blues will probably have to sweep their final
4 games and beat Carleton by more than 4 points to have
a shot at the second place playoff position which would
mean a first round bye and a home playoff game.
After a 31 point win at home two weeks ago, the Blues
could not get anything going in this rematch. After
one Toronto was up 20-19, at the half 34-32 and still
hanging on to a slim 50-49 lead after three. The Blues
took a 2 point lead into the final seconds when Ryerson
came through with a big three pointer to give the Rams
a 65-66 win. The Blues had 11 more shots but shot just
39% compared to the Rams 44%. Ryerson only turned the
ball over 9 times against the Blues pressure which leads
the country in steals and Toronto out-rebounded Ryerson
For Toronto Megan Stoncius was Player
of the Game with 16 points on 7 for 10 shooting
while Jill Stratton followed with 13
points and 6 boards and Sherri Pierce
hit for 14 points and 9 boards in a near double-double.
Friday Feb 10 the Blues will host Laurentian in the
annual "Cheer BLUE,
game to raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer.
On Saturday Feb 11 Toronto will host York on "Senior
Night" as the Blues acknowledge
the graduating players in their final home league game.
Both games tip off at 6:00pm.
Streak Extends to Five (Fri Jan 27-28)
On Friday Queens travelled down the 401 to take on the
Varsity Blues. As in the Kingston matchup three weeks
ago, the two teams were evenly matched for three quarters.
The Blues took a slim 23-19 lead after the first period
but the Gaels fought back to even things at 31 in the
middle of the second. Toronto made another run and took
a 42-34 lead into the break. Both teams slowed down
in the third as Toronto stretched the lead to 58-45.
As the Blues did in their previous meeting, Toronto
dominated the final frame and out-scored the Gaels 27-16
to close out an 85-61 victory and keep the Blues tied
with Carleton for second place.
Toronto had 23 more shots as Queens coughed up 31 turnovers
and the Blues out-boarded the Gaels 44-36.
For Toronto Sherri Pierce was
the Player of the Game with 21 points
and 4 steals, while Jill Stratton had
her usual 15 points, 5 boards and a big 8 assists. Julie
Longauer had a big game off the bench with
15 points, 4 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals in less
than 10 minutes of action. Joanna Medri
followed with 12 points and 5 rebounds while Kristy
Chute chipped in with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
On Saturday the Blues took
on RMC in a one-sided blowout as Toronto rolled to a
fifth straight win and kept on pace with Carleton in
a battle for second that will probably go down to the
last weekend. With only 9 players dressed, they all
played double digit numbers and all contributed to the
The Blues were up 24-11 after one, continued the
roll to 51-18 at the half then coasted to an 87-39 victory
leaving the Palladins still looking for their first
win of the season.
Toronto shot 40% from the floor but a strong 46%
from behind the arc as well as out rebounding RMC 50-38
and forcing 39 turnovers.
Jill Stratton led the Blues with
19 points and 3 steals while Liane Bailey
had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Megan Stoncius
had 12 points and 4 boards and Kristy Chute
scored 10 to go with her 8 rebounds.
weekend the Blues will play at Ryerson (Fri Feb 3, 6:00pm)
as Toronto starts the home stretch run with just five
Road Victories Put Blues Back on Track
Friday Toronto travelled north to Sudbury to take on
the Laurentian Voyageurs. It was the 4th game in 7 days
and after the starters recent large playing minutes
it was going to be important that the bench come through
with some big contributions.
The Blues had a good strong start and took a 22-7 lead
after 10 minutes but the Vees bounced back with a strong
17-16 second quarter and continued with a 16-7 third
as Laurentian closed to within three of the struggling
Blues. In the fourth the Blues came back to life led
by Jill Stratton and it was the Vees
that had trouble scoring. Toronto won the quarter 23-9
and pulled out a tough 68-49 victory.
Joanna Medri scored just 3 points although
she did have 5 steals, Sherri Pierce
scored just 4 points to go with her 5 assists and Jill
Stratton hit 12 which is 4 below her 16.4 ppg
average although she did have 7 rebounds. The Blues
needed some help from the bench and they did get it.
Kristina Menton had a big game with
12 points and 5 rebounds, Julie Longauer
had 9 points and Kristy Chute chipped
in 8 points.
The Blues had 27 more shots than the Voyageurs because
of the 39 Vees turnovers and Toronto hit 5 for 15 from
the three and 15 for 20 from the line.
Saturday the Blues made the long bus ride from Sudbury
to York to complete their 5th game in 8 days and once
again the game was a struggle. York took a 13-17 lead
after one and Toronto finally got untracked in the second
taking a 35-32 lead at the break. The Lions roared in
the third quarter to tie the game up at 48 with 10 minutes
to play. In the fourth the Blues hit threes and an "and
1" to pull ahead again and finally pull out a hard
fought 77-64 win. The 29-16 final quarter made it look
easy but the Lions stayed within reach into the last
Joanna Medri rebounded from her Friday
game with a career high 25 points on 9 for 16 shooting
including 5 for 11 threes to go with a big 7 rebounds,
3 assists and 5 steals. Jill Stratton
had her usual 16 points, Meg Stoncius
had 9 points and Liane Bailey
had 9 points to go with 8 rebounds as the Blues shot
37% and hit 7 for 21 from behind the arc.
The 3 game win streak has kept the Blues tied with Carleton
in the battle for second place.
Bounce Back vs Ryerson (Jan 18)
After two weekend losses on their home court the Blues
had a short turn-around with a rare mid-week game. The
double losses knocked Toronto out of the Top Ten so
the Blues will probably have to wait until their games
in Ottawa (Feb 17-18) to try and return to the list.
Toronto returned to the court Wednesday to host
Ryerson and try and put the two losses behind them.
It was a back and forth 1st quarter as the Rams and
Blues were tied four times before Toronto took a slim
22-19 lead at the first break. In the second both teams
struggled to score but the Blues extended their lead
to 34-28 at the halftime break. As the third period
started it looked like a different pair of teams were
on the court as the suddenly red-hot Blues exploded
for an 18-3 run and pulled away from the Rams. It was
58-39 going into the final frame and after the Rams
scored 4 free throws Toronto hit 4 threes in a row to
finish off Ryerson. The final was 87-56 as the Blues
hit 53 second half points.
In the decisive second half Toronto shot 60% from the
floor and went 6 for 12 from the three. The win moved
the Varsity Blues back into a tie for second with Carleton
but Ottawa is safely in first as both teams would need
help from someone else to catch the leader. Queens is
still in position to join Carleton and Toronto in the
battle for the second spot and a first round bye.
The usual big three for the Blues led the squad as Jill
Stratton topped the scoresheet with 16 points
to go with her 5 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals. Sherri
Pierce led the team with 5 assists to go with
her 15 points while the Player of the Game
was Joanna Medri who had a balanced
15 points, 4 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals for a busy
night. Liane Bailey had a strong game
off the bench with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Loss at Home Drops Blues into Tie for Third
Friday the thirteenth was an unlucky day for the Blues
as the first place Ottawa GeeGees pulled out a 56-69
win. Toronto was down 13-19 after one but a 24-17 second
quarter put the Blues up by 1 at the break. A cold spell
in the third leading to an 11 point run by the GeeGees
left the Blues behind 43-55 with 10 minutes remaining.
In the fourth both teams had difficulty scoring and
Toronto could not close the gap. Although the Blues
had 4 more shots for the game, a poor 31% finish rate
compared to Ottawa's 48% shooting left Toronto behind
- Toronto scored just 19 points in the second half.
For the Blues Jill Stratton was Player
of the Game with 16 points, 4 rebounds and
3 steals. Sherri Pierce followed with
12 points and 5 boards while Joanna Medri
chipped in 11 points and 3 steals.
a similar Carleton loss Friday at Ryerson, Carleton
and Toronto were still tied for second place as they
met in the Saturday game. The Blues had a good start
taking a 13-4 lead but the Ravens bounced back to tie
the game at 14 at the quarter. In the second Toronto
pulled ahead again leading 24-19 but Carleton came back
again and took a 35-36 lead at the break. In the 3rd
the Ravens pulled ahead 49-54 but in the final frame
Toronto came back to take a 63-61 lead at 4:45. The
teams fought back and forth down the stretch but Carleton
came through with the final basket and two of
three free throws to pull out a 67-71 win. The loss
dropped the Varsity Blues into a tie for third place
Again the Blues had more shots and this time had an
improved 40% shooting compared to the Ravens 38% but
Carleton hit the only threes of the game and outscored
Toronto at the free throw line.
Sherri Pierce was Player of
the Game with 15 points, 7 boards, 3 assists
and 2 steals. Jill Stratton had 17
points and 5 rebounds, Joanna Medri
had 10 points and 6 boards while Rachael Sider
added 10 points.
Win Two (Jan 6-7)
The Blues returned to
league play with two wins that
kept them tied with Carleton for second and just one
win behind Ottawa in OUA East action.
On Friday Toronto travelled to RMC after beating
the Palladins easily at the Calgary tournament eight
days earlier. Again it was a one-sided game as all 12
Blues players played double digit minutes. They all
scored points to contribute to the win. After one period
the Blues were up 21-5 and at the half it was 47-17.
Toronto cooled down and the teams played a closer second
half but the final score was 76-40. The Blues shot 48%
for the game and a hot 21 for 25 from the free throw
line. The two teams split 48 rebounds and each had 11
For the Blues Jill Stratton had
10 points, 3 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. Lianne
Bailey had 11 points while Christy
Chute had 10 in a balanced team effort.
On Saturday the Blues played at Queens another
team that they had beaten earlier in pre-season tournament
play. This was a much closer game as Toronto led 14-12
after one and the Gaels tied it up at 31 by the mid-game
break. In the third Queens pulled ahead 52-54 so the
game would be decided in the final frame. Jill
Stratton put the Blues ahead with a quick three
and Toronto dominated with a 21-9 quarter to pull out
a 73-63 win.
The Blues shot just 36% but a strong 6 for 12
from the three and 23 for 30 from the line made the
Jill Stratton led the Blues with
16 points and 8 rebounds but Player of the Game
Sherri Pierce was close behind with 15 points
to go with her 3 boards, 5 assists and 3 steals. Joanna
Medri had 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
and 3 steals while Megan Stoncius and
Rachael Sider chipped in 10 points
and 7 boards.
at Calgary Tournament (Dec 28-30)
the exam and Christmas Break, the Blues returned to
action at the annual University of Calgary tournament.
On opening day the Blues took on the host Dinos. It
was a close but sloppy first quarter as the teams were
dead-locked at 12. Both teams picked it up in the second
and the Dinos pulled ahead 31-36 as the Blues shot a
poor 26%. After the break both teams struggled a bit
again but Calgary extended the lead to 45-52. In the
fourth Toronto cut the lead several times but each time
Calgary responded with a big 3 to hang on to a 65-73
out-rebounded the Dinos 51-43, had 10 more shots and
5 more free throws as well as 9 fewer TOs but 31% shooting
cost another win opportunity. For the Blues
Player of the Game Jill Stratton
had 16 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 4 steals. Joanna
Medri followed with 10 points and 10 rebounds
for a double-double.
On day 2, Toronto took on OUA East partner Royal
Military College. The Blues dominated the Palladins
as all 13 Toronto players were on for double digit minutes
of action and 11 players contributed to the scoring.
Toronto rolled to an easy 93-35 victory forcing 41 TOs
and out-shooting RMC 44% to 26%.
Julie Longauer had 15 points
and 5 boards while Player of the Game
Lianne Bailey had 10 points, 3 boards, and
2 steals. Rachael Sider went 5 for
6 and had 12 points and 2 steals while Jill
Stratton had 11 points, 2 assists and 3 steals.
Kristy Chute bounced back after her
ankle fracture in mid November to score 10 points with
7 assists and 2 steals.
In the third game Toronto had a re-match with
Victoria. The Vikes scored first and Toronto responded
to tie it up and then Victoria made a run to pull ahead
10-2. The game was never tied and Toronto never had
a lead. After one it was 14-19, at the break 27-35,
after three it was 40-52. In the fourth the Blues were
still down by 12 with just over 3 minutes left but then
Player of the Game Joanna Medri hit
three 3s, Jill Stratton hit a pair
and Toronto closed to within 4 in the last minute. Joanna
was fouled on another three and hit the free throws
to close to 1. Vic hit 1 of 2 free throws to lead by
2 with seconds left. Toronto moved the ball up with
a time out and got the ball in to Jill who was covered
and the ball went to Rachael Sider who took a shot at
the buzzer. The ball went through and the referee's
arms went up to signal a three - the Blues win 68-67
with their only lead of the game.
Joanna Medri had 20 second half
points to go with her 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Jill
Stratton had 13 points, 6 boards, 5 assists
and 4 steals for another big game. Rachael Sider
ended up with 10 points and 2 assists.
Vic out-shot the Blues 33%-46%, the teams were
even on rebounds and Toronto led in TOs 21-26 but the
difference that won the game for the Blues was the 27
free throws compared to just 10 for Victoria.
Congrats to Jill and Joanna
who were selected as Tournament All Stars.
Toronto will open the OUA
East part of the schedule Fri Jan 6 at RMC and then
Sat at Queens. Both game times are 6:00pm
Loss for Blues (Dec 2-3)
Toronto travelled down the QEW
Friday to start the final weekend of cross-over play
at MacMaster. The Blues (5-2) got off to a slow start
and found themselves down 23-11 after the first quarter.
Toronto continued to miss shots and trailed 41-26 at
halftime. The Blues started to score in the third but
Mac continued to dominate inside and responded to increase
the lead to 65-48 going into the final period. The Blues
chipped away throughout the fourth quarter, outscoring
the home team 24-16 but falling to the unranked Marauders
Second-year guard Jill Stratton
led all players with 25 points, going 8-for-14 from
the floor, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, to
go with her 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Fifth-year
forward Megan Stoncius had nine points
and six boards, while Alicia Van Kampen
added eight points in the loss. Toronto had 12 more
shot attempts but Mac shot a hot 53% as two post
players split 44 points and 21 rebounds to control the
paint. The Blues forced another 29 turn-overs but couldn't
convert enough to close the gap.
Saturday Toronto travelled to St Catherines to take
on the undefeated Brock Badgers. The Blues wanted to
make up for Friday's loss and jumped to an early 23-18
lead but the Badgers fought back in the second period
and closed to within 3 at the half as the Blues hung
on to a 38-35 lead. Brock continued the pressure, forced
turnovers and continued to take control moving ahead
51-55 after three periods. In the final frame the Blues
got back on track but couldn't slow down the Brock run.
The Badgers continued their winning streak and sent
the Blues into the Christmas Break with a 69-79 loss.
had 30 turnovers to Brock's 21 and the Blues were beaten
on the boards 43-46 to give the Badgers 12 more shots
for the game. Toronto did shoot a good 23 for 27 from
the line but it was not enough to make up for the Badger's
extra scoring opportunities.
Blues were led by Sherri Pierce who
came up with 22 points to lead all players. Jill
Stratton followed with 11 points, 4 assists
and 3 steals but she committed 8 turnovers. Megan
Stoncius added 10 points and 7 boards.
two losses bounced the Blues back to Number 10 in the
Blues will take an exam break for three weeks and then
get back into action in Calgary on Dec 28-30 to get
ready for the OUA East schedule.
Beat Western and
Windsor (Nov 25-26)
On Friday Toronto hosted Western and for 20 minutes
the teams went back and forth as the Blues took a 19-18
lead after 10 minutes and a 9-7 low scoring second period
put the Blues up 28-25 at the half. Toronto finally
pulled away from the Mustangs in the third taking a
49-39 lead but Western closed the gap in the final 10
as Toronto held on for a 71-67 win.
Blues were led by Player of the Game Jill Stratton
who put up 20 points by shooting 9 for 15 to go along
with her 3 steals. Sherri Pierce had
a big game with 17 points and 5 steals as the Blues
forced the Mustangs into 30 turnovers. Western out-rebounded
Toronto 36-41, out-shot the Blues 1 to 6 from the three
but the 9 extra shots created by the turnovers gave
the Blues enough opportunities to hang on for the win.
On Saturday the CIS#3 Windsor Lancers came to
town. The #10 Blues fell behind the defending National
Champions 17-22 after 10 minutes. The Lancers extended
the lead by 1 more at the half (36-42) and another 1
after three (52-59) but the Blues weren't finished.
Toronto had a big 29-21 final period to take a lead
on Jill Strattons final shot with 10 seconds left to
pull off the 81-80 upset. The Player of
the Game was Joanna Medri
who scored 24 points on 5 for 6 from the three to go
with her 3 assists and 2 steals. Megan Stoncius had
a big game against the tall Lancer front court as she
tallied 16 points and 5 rebounds while Jill Stratton
followed with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sherri
Pierce had an outstanding 7 assists to go with her 9
points. Toronto out-rebounded Windsor 45-35.
two wins over the weekend put the Blues into first place
in the OUA East and back into #8 for the CIS Rankings
with just one more weekend before the December exam
Lose at Lakehead, Bounce Back at Guelph
the first road trip of the OUA season the CIS
#8 Blues travelled to Lakehead, always a tough
place to play. Instead of the usual Blues big start
it was the Thunderwolves that exploded out of the gate
and jumped to a 6-17 lead after 10 minutes. The Blues
responded with full court pressure trapping all over
the court and forcing numerous Lakehead turnovers as
Toronto chipped away at the lead. At 3:00 it was 15-23
,at 1:00 it was 20-25 and then 20-27 at the halftime
break. The third quarter was big for the Blues as the
pressure continued to frustrate the Thunderwolves. At
6:00 it was 26-27, at 4:00 it was finally tied at 30.
Lakehead responded with a small run to go ahead again
30-34 and then 34-38 at 2:00. The Blues fought back
again to tie the game at 41 but gave up a late 3 to
finish the 3rd down 41-44 but definitely back in the
quick points by the Wolves made it 41-49 with 8 minutes
to play. At 3:30 it was 48-53, at 1:47 it was 53-59
and at 1:28 it was 56-59. Jill Stratton
went 1 of 2 from the line and the Blues stole the inbounds
pass and Jill scored again to tie the
game at 59 with 1 minute to go. Another turnover and
Sherri Pierce scored to put the Blues
up 61-59 with 42 seconds. Lakehead hit 1 of 2 free throws
and then two from the line to take back a 61-62
lead with 25 seconds left. In the worst possible ending
- Toronto was about to get a 5 second call on the baseline
inbounds when the Blues committed a holding foul that
meant two shots and possession for the Thunderwolves.
One for two, then another foul and 1 for 2 on the extra
possession gave Lakehead a 61-64 lead. The Blues had
three attempts at a 3 to tie it up as the clock ran
out but the earlier big comeback was to no avail as
Lakehead pulled out the win.
Blues were led by Jill Stratton and
Sherri Pierce with 15 points. Jill
also had 3 assists and 5 steals while Sherri had 3 assists
and 4 rebounds. Toronto forced 30 Lakehead turnovers
but shot only 28% from the floor and were out-rebounded
On Saturday the road trip continued on to Guelph
where the Gryphons had opened at home with a big win
over Ryerson the previous evening. It was a close battle
throughout as the hometown team took a 18-19 lead after
one as the Blues continued to force turnovers (10 to
3), resulting in a big shot advantage (22-10) but Toronto
again showed two main areas of weakness. The Gryphons
out-rebounded the Blues 8-13 and Toronto's shooting
woes continued as Guelph took their slim lead on a 27%
to 40% finish rate. A slight improvement in the second
quarter ( 33% shooting, 3-1 lead on the boards plus
10 more Guelph TOs ) put the Blues up 34-29 at the break.
In the second half the two teams battled evenly with
Toronto maintaining control and pulling out a 64-56
The Blues were led by Alicia Van Kampen's
double-double of 15 points and 10 boards. Jill
Stratton had another strong effort with 16
points, 4 assists and 6 steals while backcourt mate
Sherri Pierce had
12 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Joanna Medri
had 9 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Toronto was out-rebounded 31-45, out-shot 34%
to 36% but forced 32 turnovers compared to the Blues
The win Saturday put the CIS #8 Blues back into
a tie for first place in the OUA East after the first
two weekends of league play.
Win Two at Home (Nov 11-12)
After a Remembrance Day Ceremony the CIS #10 ranked
Blues opened their regular season hosting last years
winless Waterloo Warriors. The Blues took control early
hitting two 3s on the first two possessions and pulled
away to a 28-9 lead after first 10 minutes as Toronto
shot 50% and forced 9 turn-overs. The Warriors fought
back in the second period out-scoring the Blues 18-17
as Toronto continued to shoot 50% and out-rebound Waterloo
24-18. Toronto dominated the second half holding the
Warriors to 14% shooting and just 13 points on only
4 field goals. The final score was 84-40 as
Player of the Game Joanna Medri
led the game with 15 points and 5 steals. Julia
Longauer and Alicia Van
Kampen came off the bench to split 26 points
while Alicia also led the game with
11 rebounds for a double-double.
On Saturday the Blues hosted Laurier. In their last
meeting at Nationals the Golden Hawks made up for two
earlier losses to the Blues with a win in the 5th-6th
game to end the Blues season with a tough loss. Toronto
had another good first quarter and took a 25-12 lead
into the first break. The Hawks got back on track in
the second out-scoring the Blues 20-18 but Toronto still
had an 11 point lead and extended it to 60-45 after
three. Laurier closed to within 9 but Toronto held on
for a 75-66 win.
Player of the Game Jill Stratton had
22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals to lead the Blues
to victory. Sherrie Pierce got back
on track with a big 16 point, 6 boards, 5 assists and
4 steals. Kristy Chute chipped in 10
points, Joanna Medri added 8 while
Alicia Van Kampen led the team with
out-shot Laurier 42%-39% from the floor but a poor 11
for 22 from the line compared to the Hawks 18 for 25
kept the game close. The Blues did out-rebound the Hawks
Finish PreSeason Play With A Win (Oct 30)
After six games on the road, Toronto hosted Bishops
for the first game on their home court. It was a sloppy,
turn-over filled game with 69 foul shots attempted as
the game became a walk from foul line to foul line.
The Blues took control after 4 minutes as Joanna Medri's
three put Toronto ahead 11-9 and the Blues continued
the run to lead 24-17 at the first break. The Gaiters
fought back to tie the score at 27 but again the Blues
pulled away to a 45-34 lead at the half. In the third
period the Blues put together their best quarter of
the pre-season and with a 31-14 quarter, Toronto took
a 76-48 lead into the final period. Bishops did make
a late run to close to a final score of 89-70. Both
teams showed that their offense may be ready but their
defense will need some work before the regular season
starts in two weeks.
For the Blues Jill Stratton was the
Player of the Game leading the
game with 20 points, 5 boards and 4 steals. Joanna
Medri followed with 15 points while Megan
Stoncius scored 12 on 8 for 10 from the foul
line. Liane Bailey had 9 points, Sherri
Pierce had 8 and Kristy Chute
also had 8 in a balanced Blues offense.
out-rebounded Bishops 40-38, forced 36 TOs and shot
43% from the floor and 78% from the line (25 for 32).
Drop Two Then Finish with a Win
UofAlberta Tournament (Oct 21-23)
The Varsity Blues opened the tournament against the
host team and it was a close battle for 32 minutes as
both teams took slight leads and then allowed the other
back into it. After a tight first quarter the teams
were knotted at 12 each, after 6 minutes of the second
Toronto held a 21-20 lead but a late spurt by the Pandas
put them up 29-31 at the break. In the third at 5:30
the Blues were up 41-40, then down 44-45 at 4:00. Another
late Panda run put them up 47-54 after three. The Blues
fought back and closed to 53-55 at 8:00 but after that
Alberta took control and finished out a 77-64 win.
The Blues were led by Sherri Pierce
who had 8 points and 3 fouls in the first half but exploded
for another 19 points in the second for a big game high
27 point night. Joanna Medri, Jill
Stratton and Liane Bailey
added 9 points each.
pounded the Blues on the boards 32-16, getting more
offensive rebounds (11) than Toronto's defensive boards
(8). The Blues did a great job at the foul line going
15 for 18 but shot just 38% compared to the Pandas 56%
from the floor. The Blues inside game was a no-show
as 3 post players shared a total of 3 baskets and 2
Saturday the opponent was UBC another big team that
would cause problems for the Blues on the boards. The
Blues had a solid start and were up 9-8 after 5 minutes,
but Thunderbirds took over and pulled ahead 9-14 after
7 minutes and rolled on to a 11-18 lead at the quarter.
Things didn't change much in the second and Toronto
was behind 23-36 at the break. In the third UBC went
up 27-45 and Toronto put in a zone press that slowed
down the Thunderbirds for a while as the Blues closed
within 10 but 2 quick 3s and UBC pulled away again to
lead by 43-56 after three. In the 4th, Toronto closed
to 8 at 48-56 but another pair of 3s gave UBC some breathing
room again. At 2:23 UBC was up 53-71 and the final was
Top player for the Blues was Jill Stratton with
14 points, 2 assists and 3 steals. Megan Stoncius
had 11 points and 7 boards while Sherri Pierce
and Joanna Medri added 9 points each.
The Blues were out-rebounded 35-25 and out-shot 45%
On Sunday Victoria was the opponent. Toronto was trailing
13-14 after the first 8 minutes but a strong close put
the Blues up 19-16 at the end of one. The second was
a big quarter for the Blues who continued their run
to a 35-19 lead after 6 minutes and a 41-25 lead at
the break. The Vikes turned it on after the rest and
closed to 50-41 forcing a Blues TO at 2:39. Toronto
hung on to a 57-47 point going into the final 10 minutes.
At 5:08 the Blues called another TO with the Vikes down
just 63-59. A 6-0 run put Toronto back in control and
the much improved Blues hung on for a well deserved
The Player of the Game again was Jill
Stratton who led the game with 17 points, 3
assists and 3 steals while Julie Longauer
broke out with 16 points in just 15 minutes of PT. Rookie
Jenalle Vanhie started her first game
as a Varsity Blue and kicked in with 8 points and 8
rebounds. Kristy Chute also added 8
points. Toronto out-rebounded Vic 40-39, out-shot them
38%-32% but 26 fouls allowed Victoria to out-score the
Blues 26-13 from the free throw.
Congratulations to Jill Stratton
who was selected as a Tournament All Star.
Next Sunday (Oct 30) the Blues will host Bishops at
1:00pm in the final Exhibition game before the home
season openers Nov 11-12.
Open Season At Bishops Tournament (Oct 14-16)
the season opener the Blues took on a senior women's
team from Montreal. The big and strong Dynamo team was
made up of recent graduates and included previous Quebec
and CIS Allstars as well as National Team players. Toronto
had a good start taking a 16-9 lead after the first
6 minutes and held on for a 21-20 lead at the first
break. The Dynamo continued their run and took a 30-32
lead after 16 minutes and extended the lead to 36-43
at the half.
In the third, the Blues hung in just down 47-48 with
4 minutes to go but the Dynamo pulled away again going
up 57-63 after three. In the final period Toronto was
down 62-71 with 2:38 left but full court pressure D
forced Montreal turnovers and allowed Toronto to get
back in the game. The score was 71-73 with 59 seconds
left but neither team was able to score down the stretch
and the Dynamos pulled out the win.
The Blues were led by Player of the Game Sherri
Pierce who had 13 points, 5 rebounds and an
incredible 7 steals. Jill Stratton
also had a strong effort with 19 points and 3 steals
while Alicia Van Kampen had a 10 point
8 rebound night. Toronto had a costly 5 for 15 at the
foul line compared to the Dynamo 7 for 10 and although
the Blues had 19 more shots their 40% shooting didn't
compare with their opponents 54%.
On Saturday the Varsity Blues played their first
CIS competition of the year as they took on the host
Bishop Gaiters. Toronto jumped out to an early 11-5
lead after 7 minutes and moved on to a 17-8 lead after
the first 10 minutes. The Gaiters fought back in the
second and at 3:12 the Blues called a time-out with
the score tied at 21. The Blues then hung on for a 30-27
lead at the half. After the break the Blues started
to dominate taking a 43-31 lead at 6:23 and extending
it to 59-43 at the three quarter mark. Resting most
of the starters in the fourth Toronto continued to pour
it on and finished with an 87-60 win.
The Blues were led by Player of the Game
Joanna Medri who had 16 points, 4 boards and
3 steals. Sherri Pierce followed with
11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals while Jill
Stratton had 10 points to go with 6 rebounds
and a big 7 steals. Megan Stoncius had
10 points and Amanda Lauzon chipped
in 8 as all of the Blues players contributed to the
Although Toronto was out-rebounded again, the
Blues improved their foul shooting hitting on 81% of
their opportunities (26 for 32).
On Sunday the Blues took on Queens in the third
game of the weekend. Toronto, led by Joanna
Medri's two threes jumped to an early 18-11
lead after 10 minutes. The Blues continued their hot
start with a 10-1 run to start the second period and
continued the hot shooting streak to run up a 38-22
lead at the break. Things then changed as Toronto dropped
from 55% to 31% shooting and the Gaels improved from
32% to 40% and Queens slowly clawed their way back into
the game. With 4 minutes left Toronto hung on to a 62-54
lead, at 1:10 Queens scored to close to 67-60 but a
final layup by Jill Stratton at :54
put the game out of reach as Toronto won 69-62.
Toronto out-rebounded the Gaels 43-34 and both
teams went 10 for 15 from the foul line. The Blues were
led by Joanna Medri's
19 points, 4 boards, 2 assists and 2 steals. Jill
Stratton had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
and 3 steals to be selected as the Player of
the Game. Sherri Pierce had
13 points as the only other Blues player in double digits.
Joanna and Jill
were selected as Tournament All Stars.
Announce Team Captains for '11-'12
Varsity Blues will be led this year by three fifth year
seniors Megan Stoncius, Sherri Pierce and Joanna
Girlballer Summer League Champs
The Summertime Blues team beat Ryerson 48-47 in the
Final to win the Girlballer Championship. Toronto took
an early lead, pulled ahead by 10 at the half, but then
had to hold off a strong Ryerson fourth quarter comeback.
In the last minute Sherri Pierce hit
3 of 4 free throws to close out the game. Jill
Stratton was named the winner of the Most Valuable
Recruit Invited to National Junior Team Tryout Camp
Vanhie from Dorchester is one of 22 players
invited to attend the final tryouts for the U19 team
that will play at the Junior Worlds in Chile later this
summer. Jenalle, a 6'2" forward, attended Catholic
Central High School in London where she was twice named
as the team MVP. She led her team to the London City
Championship in '09 and as a TVRAA All Star this year
she led them to the London AAA Final.
was a three-time participant in the Ontario Basketball
Center of Performance and represented her Region on
U15, U16 and U17 teams. She played Club for the London
Ramblers where she twice won OBA silver medals and this
year in the new elite JUEL League the Ramblers finished
an honour roll student, will study Commerce and play
for the Blues at UofT this fall.
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