Solid second half play mounted to the no. 9 ranked University of Ottawa Gee-Gees basketball team (12-2) knocking off the no. 7 ranked McMaster Marauders in a thrilling overtime finish to kick off this weekend’s double-header. Catherine Traer unleashed outstanding play in extra minutes notching 7 of her 15 points in the final five minutes during the overtime period, giving Ottawa a 61-60 win.
It was a battle of the Division leaders with the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team (12-2) on top of the North Division, whilst the McMaster Marauders (10-4) hold down the number one spot in the Central Division.
The Marauders hit their stride early going on a 9-0 run to start the game. The Centre Division leaders penetrated Ottawa’s defence with strong takes from fourth-year senior Danielle Boiago getting into the lane and netting 25 points, including 6 of her team’s 8 points in the overtime period. The five-foot-seven guard, Boiago, brought down a double-double by adding 14 rebounds. Boiago also jammed the stats with three assists, two blocks, and two steal. The Marauders pulled away with a huge lead of 19-4 to end the opening quarter of the game.
McMaster rode the swell deep into the second quarter until some defensive stops and quick jumpers from the Gee-Gees drained the lead to 13 points.
A change of possession from a charge drawn by Ottawa guard, Julia Soriano led to a three-pointer from Sarah Besselink down the stretch to ease the Marauders momentum in the closing minutes of the first half, holding that same point spread to 13 going into the locker room.
The Gee-Gees took the floor with a newly found determination with garnet and grey jerseys hitting the floor, scraping up loose balls and stray rebounds. It was a game of runs as the Gee-Gees fought back with a 14-1 run of their own in the third, ultimately winning the quarter 22-6.
In the fourth, the squads were fighting bucket for bucket until Ottawa’s Sarah Besselink came in with a clutch three-pointer on the baseline to bring the tally to 52-52 heading into extra time. Soriano finished the game adding 8 points to the Gee-Gees final tally, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal.
With pivotal player, fourth-year veteran Kellie Ring, fouled out, the five-foot-ten guard Catherine Traer turned it on with two crucial three-pointers, a steal and a block a piece all in the extra time. Traer stuffed the stats sheet with a team high of 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and a remarkable 5 blocks to aid in the Gee-Gees comeback.
Katherine Lemoine, Ottawa’s post player, proved she works well under pressure as she snatched her second double-double of regular season play, with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Lemoine also worked the ball creating five assists, as well as blocks and steals clutching two a piece.
The Marauders had contributing efforts from guards, Hilary Hanaka and Soibhan Manning, netting 10, and 9 points, respectively, wasn’t enough to stave off the Gee-Gees’ team effort allowing Ottawa to come away with the win.
Catch the Gee-Gees take on the Brock University Badgers in tomorrow night’s game broadcast live on OUA.tv tipping off at 6 p.m.