The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team ran its regular season record to 6-0 and its overall winning streak to ten games with a statement 75-60 performance against the no. 9 ranked Windsor Lancers (4-2).
Ottawa established control of the game early using strong offensive sets and excellent rebounding positioning to open up a 12-4 advantage in the opening four minutes. Kellie Forand sank two three-pointers to help build the early lead, which stretched to 21-11 by the end of the first quarter.
It was a team effort for the garnet and grey, with seven players scoring eight or more points. Fourth-year centre Katherine Lemoine led the squad with 14 points and eight rebounds while Catherine Traer recorded nine points, nine rebounds, and two blocks.
Point guard Kellie Ring bucketed 12 points and dished out four assists, and noted that the win was the result of preparation and hunger to top the rival Lancers. “Obviously Windsor is a great team but we were very prepared and focussed. We felt composed, and it just feels good to be 6-0 right now.”
Alyssa Cerino was the high scorer for Windsor with 10 points. Cheyanne Roger and Andrea Kiss were limited to a combined 11 points. The Lancers truly thrived from the free throw line, sinking 25-34. Ottawa won the rebounding battle by a 39-33 margin.
The Gee-Gees opened up a twenty point lead, 41-21, on a jumper by Ring with just under two minutes to play in the second quarter and held a 44-23 advantage at the half on 52 per cent shooting.
“It kind of reminded me of the OUA Finals,” said Ring, recalling the 2012 game which was the last victory for Ottawa over the Lancers. The Ottawa native was in her first season and led the charge to a huge first half performance which ultimately led to an 89-40 score. “If we’re going to play that well in the first half, we have to back it up in the second. We can build from the first half today.”
Cheyanne Roger opened the second half with a quality inside score for the Lancers, but Lemoine responded at the other end with an offensive rebound and a bucket. Windsor’s half court pressure slowed the Gee-Gees down, but the poise and speed of Julia Soriano alongside Ring helped limit the damage.
Windsor did draw within 12 points in the second half after three-pointers from Carly Steer with 3:15 to play, but Ottawa remained poised and late baskets from Traer sealed the double-digit win.
Ottawa will host the Western Mustangs (3-3) on Saturday evening to close out the 2015 schedule. Game time is 6 p.m.