The uOttawa Gee-Gees went toe-to-toe versus the University of Guelph Gryphons on Friday in an important contest to turn the season around. Ultimately, a high scoring second half in which the Gee-Gees posted 41 points is what allowed the Gee-Gees to take the 70-51 victory over the Gryphons.
It was close first half between the teams who exchanged baskets throughout the entire half. Ottawa displayed difficulty controlling the tempo in the first half as the Gryphons outplayed the Gee-Gees offensively. However, Ottawa was able to rally at the end of the second quarter to tie the score at 29 heading into the halftime break.
After a shaky first half the Gee-Gees appeared to have regained composure after halftime as they picked up their defence and capitalized with consistency on offence. “We lacked energy in the first half but we really came out and controlled the tempo in the second,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “I’m also pleased with the group effort we received tonight.”
Julia Soriano led the way in scoring for the Gee-Gees with 14 points, 3 assists and 1 steals. The 5 foot 2 guard has excelled this season and has played her last three games as a starter. “I like to play aggressively because people think that since I’m short, that I’m a soft player but I want to show that I’m dangerous,” said Soriano.
Guelph’s Erica McFadden showed why she is ranked within the OUA highest point producers on Friday night as she scored 17 points.
Transfer student, Alyska Lukan made her Gee-Gees debut on Friday night. She had an immediate impact as she pushed the team defensively while completing a basket, an assist, a steal and a block on her first shift.
The Gee-Gees will be back in action tomorrow night for the final game of their four game home stand. They will take on the Lakehead Tunderwolves at 6 p.m. at Monpetit Hall.
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