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January 10, 2024 | Basketball (W)

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A good start to the season for Stingers women's basketball

Coach Gittens is satisfied with the results over the first part of the season, but is looking for improvement after the holiday break. 

Midseason recap:

Stingers women’s basketball is off to a great start, currently ranked second in the RSEQ at the halfway point of the season.

With a 4-2 record during the regular season and 11-4 in total, including non-conference play, the Stingers are looking to improve in the second half of the season.

“We did a decent enough job this first half of the season, but there is a lot that we can and need to improve in order to achieve our goal,” head coach Tenicha Gittens said.

“We must do a better job locking in to the game plan on both ends of the floor for four quarters. We want to play fast and with good pace, we know that playing fast will lead to a number of turnovers, but we need to do a better job, especially in the half court, of not turning the ball over as much. Our decision-making needs to improve.”

Team leaders:

Forward Serena Tchida leads the Stingers in field goals and points, with 31 FGs and an average of 13.8 points per game. She’s also ranked third in the conference for these categories.

Point guard Areej Burgonio is right behind Tchida and eighth in the RSEQ, with an average of 10.8 points per game. She’s also ranked first in the conference in assists (six per game) and leads the Stingers in steals, averaging 1.8 per game, while playing the most minutes in the RSEQ (37 per game on average).

Florence Poirier leads the conference with a 46% 3-point field goal percentage, with six made on 13 attempts.

Forwards Fabiola Lamour and Tchida lead the team in rebounds with 4.8 per game.

Upcoming games:

The Stingers look forward to adding a new player into their rotation after the break, which they expect to have a positive impact on both ends of the floor.

“We are trending in the right direction. We know we need to get better, and we will,” Gittens said. “It may take a few games for us to settle into our new rotations but it will pay dividends.”

Come support the Stingers at their next home game on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. as they face the McGill Martlets who are right behind them in the standings.