After going toe-to-toe with the two-time national champions in each of their three meetings last season, the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team found themselves on the losing end of a lopsided scoreboard on Saturday afternoon in Windsor. Still adjusting to this year’s personnel, the Gee-Gees were unable to mount a second-half threat against the powerful Lancers, losing by a final score of 71-47.
The halftime score of 33-25 was a deceptive one as Windsor had jumped out to a 20 point lead before allowing the Gee-Gees back into the game with a period of soft play late in the second quarter. That was quickly cleaned up in the second half as the Lancers went on a 10-0 run to open the third and reclaimed complete control of the game.
Ottawa struggled to find the basket in the third quarter, contributing to the Lancer run. The Gee-Gees had their best success when backdoor inside passes were working, but for most of the game the Lancers’ size and length had a major impact on the defensive end.
Ottawa had limited Jessica Clemencon to 2-of-4 shooting in first half but the Lancers proved to have scoring throughout their lineup, posting 24 third quarter points using long range and inside baskets. That depth opened up Clemencon in the second half and she finished the game with 15 points to lead all scorers.
One bright spot for the Gee-Gees was the play of rookie guard Julia Soriano. Although she did not start, Soriano logged thirty minutes of high energy defence and offence tallying 11 points including 3-of-5 shooting from long range. Tatiana Hanlan was the leading scorer for Ottawa with 13 points.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 11 14 10 12 47
Windsor 19 14 24 14 71
Ottawa leaders: Tatiana Hanlan: 13 points, 5 rebounds; Julia Soriano: 11 points; Maddie Stephen: 8 rebounds