The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees matched-up versus the Lakehead University Thunderwolves on Saturday night. The Gee-Gees aggressive style of defence appeared to stun the T-Wolves and was the determining factor that led to the 84-72 Ottawa victory.
The Gee-Gees wasted no time applying pressure in the first half as they utilised their trap defence which resulted in three straight turnovers to start the game. As a result the garnet and grey got the ball back and eventually went on a 13-0 run to start the game. Through continued good defensive play the Gee-Gees were able to shut down the T-Wolves offence and carry a healthy 13 point lead into the halftime break.
The second half was very much a reflection of the first for the Gee-Gees as they continued to apply good defensive pressure. Meanwhile, creating plays on offence that allowed many open shots from three point range. Lakehead were able to make a late push thanks to sloppy ball control by the Gee-Gees.
However, it was to no avail as the Gee-Gees starters kept their composure down the stretch.
“I think we were sloppy tonight, we need to work on our focus. We have the physical ability to make a serious run this season but we don’t have the mental ability to push through the entire game with consistency and that needs to be addressed,” said head coach Andy Sparks.
Ottawa had a total of ten players on score sheet while shooting 50 per cent from the field as team on the night.
Second year forward Maddie Stephen led the way for the Gee-Gees in scoring with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Tatiana Hanlan also played a good ball game for Ottawa as she chipped in with 15 points. “I really worked hard this summer on my game and playing well under pressure,” said Hanlan. “I need to keep working hard and practicing but I’m glad I was able to contribute tonight.”
The Gee-Gees will hit the road next weekend as they travel to Wilfrid Laurier on Friday night and to Waterloo on Saturday night.
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