The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team showed a sense of urgency late in the fourth quarter, clawing to within three points with one minute to play before the York Lions walked away with a 60-51 victory on Saturday night and handed Ottawa its third straight loss.
The Lions (8-12) roared ahead in the opening frame, using midrange shooting to post a 22-9 first quarter score. Ottawa (12-8) struggled all night to get shots to fall and could not overcome the early deficit. The Gee-Gees shot 31 per cent from the floor and just 6-for-17 from the free throw line.
Ottawa dominated the glass, collecting 18 offensive rebounds and 51 total boards, but York’s Kayla Pangos scored 17 points to lead all scorers and ensure her team stayed in front. The Lions went 18-for-24 from the free throw line as a team, including five by its trio of fifth-year players in the final minute which sealed the victory.
The Gee-Gees chipped away in the third quarter after trailing 35-22 at halftime. The offensive rebounds fuelled a 9-2 run in the opening five minutes of the second half before the offence went cold again. York held a 49-35 lead heading into the final frame.
Julia Soriano hit a three from the top off a solid screen by Maddie Stephen to make the score 51-44 with just under four minutes to play. That, followed by a pair of inside baskets by Angela Tilk started the comeback bid. Following two missed threes by York, Soriano went coast to coast for a lay-in and with 1:44 left on the clock the Gee-Gees had pulled to 53-50.
York’s fifth-year forward Nadia Qahwash answered with a crucial basket on the elbow, and when Ottawa turned the ball over on the next possession York was able to ice the game from the free throw line.
The loss marks the first time that the Gee-Gees have dropped three straight regular season games since November of 2010, while York has now won seven of its last ten games. Additionally, this was the first York win over Ottawa in women’s basketball since January of 2008, snapping an 11 game winning streak.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 9 13 13 16 51
York 22 13 14 11 60