The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team had its shooting back on track in London, Ont. on Friday, earning a 79-43 victory on the back of 43 per cent team shooting. Stephanie MacDonald led all scorers with 23 points including a perfect 4-4 night from long distance.
Jen Stoqua also pitched in on the offensive end, draining five treys for 15 points. The Mustangs had a trio of players in double-digit scoring, led by 13 points from guard Mackenzie Puklicz, but struggled from the floor with 33 per cent team shooting.
The Gee-Gees also badly outrebounded Western, grabbing 41 boards and 14 on the offensive end while the Mustangs had just one offensive rebound among their 23. Akpene Kwamie had another strong performance for Ottawa, leading the way with 10 rebounds – a career high for the second year native of Newmarket, Ont.
Western led 17-12 after the first quarter but Ottawa stormed back with 24 points in the second to overtake control of the game. The Gee-Gees secured the victory in the third stanza, locking down defensively to allow just six points.
The win improves Ottawa’s record to 8-4, two wins above the second-ranked Carleton Ravens in the OUA North Division. The Gee-Gees will meet the no. 1 ranked Windsor Lancers on Saturday night to complete the weekend’s far west road-trip.