The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team earned a come from behind to win 71-60 against the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday night. Back to back wins this weekend leave uOttawa with a 9-3 conference record. Several players stepped up to contribute offensively to tonight’s win, but most significantly was third-year Gee-Gee Jen Crowe with a career high 18 points.
uOttawa started tonight’s game with scoring issues, allowing Guelph to take an early lead. “We had good opportunities we just didn’t score. Fortunately we defended,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. uOttawa, normally strong off the glass, were tied with Guelph at the quarter’s end with twelve rebounds each. Second-year Ashley Wheeler helped put Guelph in the lead with her eight points early in the game.
Crowe, Melina Wishart and Sarah Besselink succeeded in the paint to get the Gee-Gees back in the game. Crowe was a go-to for Gee-Gee offence tonight as she showed patience and made her presence known under the hoop to score off the glass. The St. Bruno native shot 8-for-10 from the field and added a perfect trip to the free throw line.
Brooklyn McAlear-Fanus looked comfortable play-making for the uOttawa squad, shown by her nine assists. Sparks explains, “she’s got the opportunity to show what she can do and I think she’s done a great job.” McAlear-Fanus kept the pace high on Gee-Gee offence with quick transitions that caught Guelph’s defence off guard, resulting in Gee-Gee buckets.
uOttawa’s defence improved, finishing with 43 boards compared to Guelph’s 31. Amélie Hachey contributed four steals, one of which she took it all the way home for two points. Similarly, on Guelph’s possession, Wishart steals and takes it all the way to the hoop.
Guelph pushed back in the fourth quarter as they closed the gap to seven, aided by Wheeler’s production. She finished with a team high 18 for Guelph.
“I am proud of what they’ve done. It’s five games in eight days right now and with a depleted team, it’s a pretty result for us,” said Sparks.
Following Crowe in scoring for Ottawa was Wishart with 16, and Besselink with 13.