The no. 9 ranked uOttawa women’s basketball team (13-2) swept its tough road weekend with a pair of wins, closing the weekend by defeating the Brock University Badgers, 75-50.
Kellie Ring opened the game with a fast break lay up straight from the tip off to put Gee-Gees ahead in the first few minutes of the game. Riding the surge, Catherine Traer notched three shots from deep giving the Gee-Gees a ten-point edge to head into the second quarter 23-13. It was a clutch performance from Traer this weekend, as she finished with the game-high of 25 points, 5 rebounds and two a piece in steals and assists, not to mention going 40 per cent from beyond the arc.
Feeling the pressure, the Gee-Gees met trouble when Brock answered with a stern defensive effort, keeping the Gee-Gees off the scoreboard well into the second. The Badgers kept pace with the Gee-Gees as they laid down a full court press, chased after offensive boards and drew fouls in the paint to come within one point of the Gee-Gees’ lead and ultimately winning the second quarter 12 points to 9. Big contributors to Brock’s second quarter swell came from three starters with double-figure scores, Kate Harpur, Jenalyn Yumol and Kira Cornelissen with 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively. Harpur came close to a double-double to match her 13 points with 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists, as well as a steal.
Up by only 14 points heading into the fourth, the Gee-Gees pulled away with strong team play, stretching the lead by scoring 24 of their points in the last quarter alone. Converting two three-point plays, one a piece for forwards, Jennifer Crowe and Katherine Lemoine, certainly added a burst of energy on the floor. Lemoine was a force in the second half, dropping 11 of her total of 17 points, finishing with 8 rebounds, a block and a steal. Notably, fourth-year guard, Kellie Ring, with a talent to see the floor, gifted 14 assists to her team and brought down 10 rebounds and added 9 points to the scoreboard.