The Gee-Gees were looking for a ninth straight victory on Friday night as they faced the sharp shooting Queen's Gaels. Thanks to a dominant fourth quarter and an offensive out-burst from Tatiana Hanlan the Gee-Gees took the 66-43 victory.
The Gee-Gees were looking to maintain steady scoring throughout the entire 40 minutes which they have struggled to do thus far this season. Ottawa displayed their three-point shooting early on as they started the game by hitting back-to-back treys followed by a flurry of quick baskets, which resulted in a 13-0 run to start the game.
Hanlan, who has been on fire as of late, continued her strong offensive contribution as she was an integral part in Ottawa's victory. At the halftime break, the third year forward led all scorers with 14 points of which nine points came from beyond the arc. Despite shooting only 28.9 per cent from the field, the garnet and grey were still able to take an 11 point lead into the halftime break.
Although the Gaels were without leading scorer Liz Boag, they were still able to make a run to start the second half which brought them within three points of Ottawa with 7:16 remaining in the game. However, the Gee-Gees made adjustments defensively and continued to score on offence which allowed them to extend the lead back to 21 points with 3:13 remaining.
“Full credit goes to them because they were able to bring the score to within three points and take advantage of our missed plays,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “I think we have enough ability with the groups of kids who were on the floor that we should not have had such a letdown defensively, but we came out with the win.”
Tatiana Hanlan led Ottawa in scoring with 29 points and 6 rebounds while hitting seven three pointers. “I have to give all the credit to my teammates because I just try to position myself in the best way possible but they are the ones who feed me the ball and make the play possible,” said Hanlan.
The Gee-Gees will now shift their attention to the biggest game of the season as they prepare for Wednesday's matchup at Scotiabank Place versus the Carleton Ravens. Student tickets are still available for 15$ each which includes transportation.
Friday January 18, 2013