WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (4-1 OUA, 9-4 overall)
Hosted Lakehead (3-3) Saturday, November 15 (6:00 p.m.).
Lakehead 24 57
uOttawa 28 61
Shannon Vellinga – 16 points, 7 rebounds - Lakehead
Kyrie Love – 19 points, 3 rebounds - uOttawa
HEADLINE: Disciplined resolve
Fourth-year guard Kyrie Love scored 19 points with three rebounds as the upstart Gee-Gees won a fourth straight game Saturday night, 61-57 over Lakehead.
Love also had two of uOttawa’s eight steals as the Gee-Gees (4-1) move into second place in the OUA East after climbing back from 14-9 first quarter deficit.
“I am proud of where they are going,” said Gee-Gees first-year head coach Andy Sparks. “We’re a little ahead of schedule in some areas - but behind in others.”
Third-year shooting guard Melina Wishart hit back-to-back three-point baskets in the second quarter as the Gee-Gees built a 24-14 advantage before settling with a four-point lead (28-24) at the half.
Wishart, who finished with 14 points, including four three-point baskets and four rebounds in a team-high 32 minutes on the court, said there is no magic to the Gee-Gees newfound resolve.
“That’s our coach,” said Wishart, a point guard during last season’s 3-19 finish. “He’s a smart man.”
Sixth year Lakehead coach Jon Kreiner had equal praise for the Gee-Gees impressive turnaround.
“They are playing disciplined,” said Kreiner. “That’s the key in women’s basketball.”
Fourth-year forward Shannon Vellinga scored 16 points with seven rebounds for the 3-3 Thunderwolves.