The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees were in Toronto on Saturday night for a tilt versus the Varsity Blues. Despite being without Jenna Gilbert and Kim Cupid the Gee-Gees were able to dispatch the Varsity Blues 65-57. With the win the Gee-Gees extend their winning streak to eight games.
The first half was a closely contested battle, as the teams exchanged baskets throughout the first two quarters. Ottawa’s Tatiana Hanlan heated up from beyond the arc in the in second quarter as she hit two consecutive treys, giving her nine points in the first half. However, Toronto responded by hitting a three-pointer of their own with two seconds left on the clock, which tied the game up at 30 heading into the halftime break.
The turning point in the game came late in the third quarter as the Gee-Gees relentlessly attacked the rim which allowed them to jump ahead to an eight point lead. The Varsity Blues made a push late in the fourth quarter but the Gee-Gees were able to hold down the lead and take the victory.
“We opened up the score with about four minutes left in the game thanks to solid play from our substitutions,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “With Jenna out of the line-up our kids stepped up and that was key for us tonight.”
Ottawa dominated the Varsity Blues on the glass with 11 more rebounds which proved to be a determining factor in the game.
Tatiana Hanlan led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 17 points, one assist and three rebounds. After, starting the game with 0-5 shooting Hanlan caught fire from beyond the arc and aggressively attacked the hoop. Forward Alyska Lukan also contributed for the Gee-Gees adding 14 points and four rebounds. Jenna Gilbert suffered an injury in Friday night’s game versus the Ryerson Rams.
The Gee-Gees will be back in action next Friday as they host the Queen's Gaels at 6 p.m. in Monpetit Hall.