The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team came from behind early to win 66-51 against Laurentian Friday night at home. The Ottawa duo of Sarah Besselink and Julia Dostaler powered the Gee-Gees offence, scoring 20 and 16 points, respectively.
The garnet and grey had passing errors in the first quarter, leaving them behind Laurentian by three-points. The Gee-Gees clawed its way back to a one-point lead at the end of the second quarter. Laurentian could not stop uOttawa’s offensive momentum thereafter, as the Gee-Gees stretched the lead to fifteen-points in the second half to secure the win.
“We wanted to make sure we got Sarah Besselink a lot more looks, and she got those looks in the second half and it made a big difference. All year our starters have been outscored by our bench. That’s the first time we have seen them go on a little bit of a run like that,” explains Ottawa head coach Andy Sparks.
Normally strong off the glass, uOttawa was rebounded by 15-9 in the first quarter. Laurentian’s Emily Tinnes contributed six of the team’s 14 first quarter points. Head coach Sparks explained the mental side of the slow start; “We can be a fragile team in some ways because we haven’t scored very much this year. I think that sort of wears on you over the course of time. There is a little bit of a lack of confidence. We started very much that way.”
The Gee-Gees offence improved further in the second half with Kellie Forand and Brooklynn McAlear effective in the point guard position. “I am happy with the way we responded in the second half,” says Sparks. uOttawa dominated the fourth quarter offensively, outscoring Laurentian 22-13.
Following the Besselink and Dostaler in scoring were Amelie Hachey with 11 points Katherine Lemoine with ten. Tinnes finished with 14 to lead the Voyageurs.