GAELS THIS WEEK BASKETBALL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS GAMES TIP-OFF FRIDAY

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

#OneTeamForMentalHealth

The No.5 Gaels (8-0) bring their undefeated 8-0 record back home to the ARC this weekend where they welcome the No.6 Ryerson Rams (8-1) on Friday and the Toronto Varsity Blues (5-5) on Saturday. Both games are set for tip-off at 6pm.

Friday night is the Gaels Mental Health Awareness game where Mental Health groups from the Queen's and Kingston community will be sharing information on support for mental health. The night will feature giveaways from Bell as part of the student-athlete #OneTeamForMentalHealth initiative. For more information on Bell and the initiative click here.

Support programs in attendance will include Jack.org Queen's Chapter, Queen's Concussion Awareness Committee, Mental Health Awareness Committee, Frontenac Community Mental Health and Addiction Services, Queen's For the Boys, Peer Support Center and the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative.

Saturday night also marks a great initiative from the Gaels as the women's basketball team will once again be taking part in the annual Shoot for the Cure. The Gaels will be accepting donations for Breast Cancer research, and a select few team members will also donate portions of their hair.

The Gaels started 2016 with a road swing at Western and Windsor where Queen's came away with a pair of victories. Against Western Queen's was led by Andrea Priamo (Guelph, Ont.), who tallied a game-high 15 points, shooting 5-of-8 from the field and tallying nine rebounds. Veronika Lavergne (Kingston, Ont.) picked up 12 points and six rebounds off the bench for the Gaels, while Emily Hazlett (Fredericton, N.B.) added 10 points and three steals. The next day it was a battle of nationally ranked squads as the then No.5 Gaels took on No.7 Windsor. Abby Dixon (North Vancouver, B.C.) tallied a game-high 15 points, shooting 4-of-7 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. The fourth-year guard added four assists, while Hazlett finished the contest one point shy of a double-double, dropping nine while adding 10 assists. It was the largest victory for the Gaels at Windsor since November 15, 2003 when Queen's won 66-48.

The game marks the second straight that Queen's will be taking on a fellow Top 10 opponent. No.6 Ryerson, the defending OUA Champions, dropped a two-point decision at Laurier to open the season and have not lost since winning eight straight. Last weekend they hosted Lakehead and Guelph picking up a pair of wins at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Toronto sits at 5-5 on the season and split their home games last weekend beating Guelph and losing to Lakehead.

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MEN'S BASKETBALL:

#OneTeamForMentalHealth

The Gaels (6-2) return home this weekend to take on the defending OUA Champion No.4 Ryerson Rams (9-0) Friday night and the Toronto Varsity Blues (7-3) on Saturday night, both games are set for 8pm tip-offs.

Friday night is the Gaels Mental Health Awareness game where Mental Health groups from the Queen's and Kingston community will be sharing information on support for mental health. The night will feature giveaways from Bell as part of the student-athlete #OneTeamForMentalHealth initiative. For more information on Bell and the initiative click here.

Support programs in attendance will include Jack.org Queen's Chapter, Queen's Concussion Awareness Committee, Mental Health Awareness Committee, Frontenac Community Mental Health and Addiction Services, Queen's For the Boys, Peer Support Center and the Student Athlete Mental Health Initiative.

Queen's split their road weekend at Western and Windsor to start 2016 defeating Western last Friday and falling just short against Windsor on Saturday afternoon. The win over Western was the Gaels sixth straight on the season, Sukhpreet Singh (Toronto) tallied a team-high 16 points, showing 6-of-12 from the field and adding six points and four steals. Tanner Graham (Kingston, Ont.) added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Richard Iheadindu (Brampton, Ont.) recorded 12 points, all of which came from a team-best four three-point buckets. The following afternoon, the Gaels lost 78-77 to the Lancers. Singh added 22 points, five rebounds, and six assists for the Gaels, while Russell Winters (Long Island, N.Y.) and Iheadindu tallied eight points each in a losing cause. Tanner set a new personal best with his 26 points in the loss.

The Rams enter the weekend with a perfect 9-0 record. Ryerson had no trouble dispatching Lakehead and Guelph at home last weekend and finished off December defeating the Lancers by 20. Toronto, a team the Gaels put out in the playoffs last season, is sitting with a 7-3 record in the OUA East and sit one spot ahead of Queen's. Toronto has won three straight and has lost to Ryerson, Brock and Windsor this season.

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY: NAPANEE GAMES BEGIN

The Gaels women's hockey team (7-1-6-0) will play their first conference games in Napanee at the Strathcona Paper Centre this weekend when they welcome Laurier (1-1-10-2) Saturday night at 7:30pm and Waterloo (7-2-5-1) on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm.

The Gaels are coming off a huge weekend road trip to Northern Ontario where they came away with a full six points putting themselves back in the playoff picture. The Gaels took down the then No.7 Nipissing Lakers last Friday after trailing 2-1 after the opening period. Nadia Larocca (Mississauga, Ont.) broke the deadlock in the second period, and Hailey Wilson (Pickering, Ont.) scored the game-winner in the third. The following afternoon the Gaels held on to defeat the Laurentian Voyageurs 4-3 with Stephanie Pascal (Sudbury, Ont.) picking up a win in her hometown. Pascal stopped 57 shots over the two-game stretch and the Gaels now sit tied for fourth in the OUA with a game in hand on the third place Warriors.

Laurier comes into the weekend having won just once in regulation and twice overall this season. The two teams met in Waterloo in October, and the Gaels skated away with a 2-0 win. Waterloo lost 4-1 at Guelph last Thursday but followed up with a 4-1 win at York on Saturday. The Warriors have lost three of four dating back to 2016 and will have to visit Ryerson on Saturday afternoon before making their way to Napanee on Sunday to face the Gaels.

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MEN'S HOCKEY: REMATCH FOR THE TOP

The No.5 nationally ranked Gaels men's hockey team (14-4-1) visits the OUA East leading No.3 McGill Redmen (14-3-2) at 7:00 PM on Friday night in Montreal. The Gaels sit just one point behind McGill for top spot in the OUA East and will play just the lone game this weekend. The Redmen will also host the RMC Paladins on Saturday night.

The Gaels jumped up to No.5 in the national rankings this week after defeating the UOIT Ridgebacks in Kingston last Friday 4-1. The Gaels highest ranking since 1979-80 is fourth, a rank they held on two occasions to close out the final two polls of the 1980-81 season. The win over UOIT marked the fourth straight for Queen's, a run that includes a 4-0 win over McGill in that stretch the Gaels first victory over their rivals since 2004. Slater Doggett (Oakville, Ont.) is currently riding a seven-game point streak for Queen's and collected three helpers in the win last Friday over UOIT.

The Redmen enter the weekend fresh off a pair of road victories at Windsor. McGill had no trouble dispatching the Lancers on back-to-back nights picking up 4-0 and 5-0 victories. Since losing the Queen's on November 26, McGill has allowed just two goals in a four-game stretch.

Be sure to watch the action this weekend live on OUA.tv.

See the Gaels in person or watch the action live on OUA.tv.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: CROSS-TOWN RIVALS

The Queen's women's volleyball team (3-6) begins their 2017 OUA schedule with one game this weekend where they will welcome cross-town rivals RMC (0-9) to the ARC on Sunday at 1pm.

The Gaels return home to the ARC for the first time since November 12. Queen's went 1-3 on the road since that point to close out 2016. Over the break, Queen's took part in exhibition play at the RMC Invitational where they went 1-3 defeating the Canadian Military National Team and losing to McGill, Ottawa and Sherbrooke. With a win at home Queen's will move to the 0.500 mark at home at 3-3 this season.

The Paladins enter this weekend still in search of their first win of the season. They will also host the Gaels on January 21 hoping to find a win in Kingston at some point.

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MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: CROSS-TOWN RIVALS

The Queen's Gaels (5-4) will be looking to snap a three game losing streak and hand the visiting RMC Paladins (2-7) their fifth straight loss as the cross-town rivals do battle on Sunday afternoon at the ARC at 1pm.

The Gaels are coming off four straight conference road games to close out 2016 where they went 1-3, defeating the Warriors in Waterloo before losing at Guelph, York and Nipissing. Queen's got themselves a tune-up this past weekend taking part in the York Excalibur Exhibition tournament where they went 0-3 but pushed both Western and International Budo to five sets.

RMC hasn't won on the road this season including four straight heading into Sunday. The Paladins will also host the Gaels on January 21 at the Kingston Military Community Centre.

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