One absolutely amazing aspect of this game was that Queen's captain Claire Meadows was able to play at all.Claire
had injured her
foot against York late in the season, and played in pain through the remaining games.Then, in the playoff against Carleton
aggravated the injury, being barely able to walk after that game, and not being able to put weight on her
played very well against the Ravens, then had to ice her
foot for the next three days, getting in little if any useful practice.The Queen
's Athletics Trainer made the trip to Toronto, and gave Claire
a freezing injection half an hour before the game.Her
foot was heavily taped, and she
took the 20-minute warmup, to test it out.It seemed OK.Then, she went out and was the best player on the floor, playing a game-high 39 minutes, and led the Gaels with 16 points, five rebounds, five assists, a steal, and no turnovers.
By any reckoning, this was one of the gutsiest performances by any Gael in the more than 130 years Queen
's has been playing interuniversity sports!Bravo, Claire!!
Toronto played close attention to Meadows
and guard Jess Selinger, who has been playing very well in recent games.
's rallied with a baby hook from Meadows
, a trey by Selinger, and a short jumper by Northcott, to pull within 37-36, early in the fourth quarter.
Guards Keohan and Meadows
...Then Toronto guard Alaine Hutton, OUA East Rookie-of-the-Year, and Meadows traded three-point-plays, leaving Queen's still down by one at 43-42, with six minutes remaining.