Kellie Ring recorded her career high with 22 points as the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team rolled to a 67-53 win over the Queen’s Gaels. The victory moves the team’s record to 13-4 on the year, and keeps them just one win back of the top spot in the OUA East with three regular season games remaining.
Ring’s performance, which included a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, was supported on the score sheet by third-year forward Tatiana Hanlan who added 11 points, and rookie forward Catherine Traer who contributed 10 points and five blocks.
Off the opening tip Ring set the tone for her game by calmly stepping into an open three-pointer. The sophomore point guard drained another long range basket to put uOttawa ahead 14-7 early, but the Gee-Gees then allowed the Gaels to storm back and take a 15-14 lead.
Trying to generate some energy, the Gee-Gees turned to a full court pressure set. With Queen’s scrambling, Julia Soriano forced a turnover in the paint which sprang Ring in the open court. Ring’s fifteen-footer closed out the first quarter with the Gee-Gees ahead 16-15.
The Gaels’ zone defence held off the Ottawa attack to start the second, causing particular problems for pass attempts along the baseline. Catherine Traer put some distance between the teams by stuffing a Gael trying to cut into the basket down the left side. She collected the ball on the baseline and sank a three pointer on the ensuing Ottawa possession to make the score 29-22.
Kellie Ring closed out the half with a tricky one-handed lay-in, extending the lead to 32-23. Ottawa’s tough defence held Queen’s to just 23.5 per cent shooting in the first half, while the Gee-Gees operated at a 39 per cent clip.
Ottawa extended their lead to 43-30 to begin the third quarter, using a bigger lineup and some crisper passing. Queen’s continued to push, with Liz Boag and Jenny Wright leading the charge. Boag, who finished the game with a team-high 20 points, took advantage of some slow Gee-Gees feet near the end of the quarter with back-to-back baskets to bring the Gaels back within seven to finish the quarter. Boag also opened the fourth with a long-range swish to bring the score to 44-40 before Tatiana Hanlan answered in kind for Ottawa.
Ottawa slowed down their half-court offence in the fourth, which helped Katherine Lemoine pick up a pair of big baskets inside. The 6'2 rookie scored off an offensive rebound to restore the Ottawa lead to 56-42 and also provided an answer to a 5-1 Queen’s run with a nice post move inside, bringing the score to 59-47.
That was the last threat Queen’s was able to mount as the Gee-Gees finished the game strong at the free throw line.
Ottawa will play their final three games of the regular season at home as they seek to take over first place in the OUA East.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 16 16 12 23 67
Queen’s 15 8 14 16 53