It was low scoring affair on Saturday night as the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees battled the undefeated Brock University Badgers. It was a great defensive effort for the Gee-Gees but they fell short as the Badgers scored with 45 seconds remaining in the game to take the 61-57 win.
It was a closely contested first half between the teams as they each took turns with the lead throughout the half. The Gee-Gees once again displayed their ability to finish backdoor plays thanks to opportune passing and cuts to the hoop.
“Being aggressive is part of our game plan and we did a good job tonight but I have to give all credit to Brock for their great performance tonight” said head coach Andy Sparks.
The Gee-Gees looked determined to take control of the game after the half-time break as they came out with a full court press on defence while Tatiana Hanlan hit back-to-back threes on offence. Despite the effort, it was the Badgers' ability to capitalize on bad ball control and shaky defense that proved to be costly for Ottawa in the second half.
Ottawa regained possession of the ball when they were down by only three points with 7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the Gee-Gees were forced to foul and simply ran out of time to complete a comeback.
Maddie Stephen continued her great start to the season as she led the team with 12 points and 16 rebounds which was also her second double-double in four games. She is currently ranked first in the OUA in rebounding with 11.7 rebounds per game and leads Gee-Gees in scoring with 13.0 points per game.
The Gee-Gees have received good contribution from their rookies thus far this season as they have provided great bench support or in the case of Julia Soriano stepped in as a starter.
The Gee-Gees will be back in action next weekend as they host Lakehead and Guelph at Montpetit Hall.