The women’s basketball team captured their first road win of the season thanks to a stunning third quarter of play. The Gee-Gees erased a ten point half time deficit and continued to roll, grabbing the lead with three minutes remaining in that pivotal quarter and finishing with a 65-53 win.
It was Jenna Gilbert who gave the Gee-Gees the lead, draining a three pointer and then converting a play in the blocks to put Ottawa ahead 43-42. The fifth year forward was the offensive spark for Ottawa, leading the team with 18 points, but it was the Gee-Gees’ variety of attacks which allowed them to overtake the Golden Hawks; nine players made it into the scoring column for Ottawa.
Alyska Lukan had a strong night, sinking outside shots as well as pounding the paint for 14 points. Rookie Katherine Lemoine was another strong post player for Ottawa, recording her season high with seven points.
“We were able to take advantage of those three bigs playing together in the second half,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “Jenna played some excellent help defence and it really clogged up the middle for them.”
The third quarter eclipsed a poor opening half as Ottawa came out flat on defence and struggled to find the basket on offence. Laurier jumped out to a 14-2 start before the garnet and grey could do anything to slow them down. The Gee-Gees were shooting just 28.6 per cent from the floor at the end of the first half while allowing Laurier to shoot 50 per cent, but Ottawa benefitted from 7-of-8 free throw shooting to keep them within striking distance.
The second half did not start out promising for Ottawa as they opened their comeback attempt with a series of six missed shots combined with five offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, Laurier sank a three pointer and scored two free throws to extend their lead to 40-24.
Over the next five minutes of play, Gilbert sank three shots from downtown, Lukan and Lemoine converted their opportunities, and a full court Gee-Gee defence stifled the Hawks. Ottawa ended the third quarter on a 27-2 run to lead 51-42.
With the victory, Ottawa improves their season record to 4-3 in advance of their Saturday evening match with the 0-6 Waterloo Warriors.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 8 16 27 14 65
Laurier 16 18 8 11 53