Women’s Basketball News

U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian Julia Chadwick’s 25-point, 27-rebound double-double led the #6 Queen’s Gaels to a 69-54 upset win over the #3 SMU Huskies in the second quarter-final.

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Chadwick’s 27 rebounds ties her career-high she set earlier this season, and is the second most ever at a U SPORTS Final 8. Regina Cougar Brittany Read set the record of 29 in 2013.

“Just an incredible performance. She has done that all season for us,” said Gaels head coach Claire Meadows. “She has been an absolute monster for us on the boards, and for her to do that in the first game of nationals is pretty impressive.

The quarter-final win for Queen’s sets up a OUA Final rematch, as they’ll see the Carleton Ravens on Saturday night in the semifinal. SMU will now take on UFV in the first consolation semifinal tomorrow night.

“We will have to play a full 40 minutes. I think we learned that from the OUA Final,” continued Meadows. “That has to be our full emphasis for Saturday, is to play the full 40 against Carleton.”

Luciana Beaumont led the Huskies with 15 points, who as a team stayed neck-and-neck with Queen’s for three quarters. Alaina McMillan also added 11 points, but made just four of her 17 shots.

Emma Weltz also added 16 for Queen’s, with her buzzer-beater three at the end of the third quarter being the nail in the coffin for SMU.

The team’s played a tight, competitive opening quarter, with the Gael’s storming back from a 7-2 deficit to take a 13-12 lead after 10 minutes.

The shots started falling in the second for both teams, with the Huskies and Gaels combining for five three’s in the first five minutes. Weltz scored eight of her 16 in the second, with Queen’s holding a slim 35-30 lead at the half.

Chadwick was dominant in the third, scoring eight points to go along with 10 rebounds, pushing the Gaels ahead by 11 through 30 minutes. SMU was unable to string together a run, making just five of their 16 shots in the fourth.

The Carleton vs Queen’s semifinal is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night at Saville Centre, while the first consolation semifinal between SMU and UFV will get underway at 5:00 p.m. MT tomorrow.


Players of the Game

Queen’s: #7 Emma Weltz

SMU: #14 Lucina Beaumont