WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (3-1 OUA, 8-4 overall)Hosted McMaster (2-3) Friday November 14 (6:00pm):
Half GameMcMaster 17 40uOttawa 26 59Taylor Chiarot – 15 points, 6 rebounds - McMaster
Kyrie Love – 14 points, 5 rebounds - uOttawa
HEADLINE: Love … those Gee-Gees
Fourth-year guard Kyrie Love had 14 points and five rebounds Friday in the Gee-Gees 59-40 home win over McMaster to equal uOttawa’s win total for all of last season.
“We’re heading the right direction,” said Love. “We’re going into games giving absolutely everything we have.”
uOttawa won a third straight game in the only regular season meeting against the Marauders to improve to 3-1, equaling the 3-19 from 2007-08 in the first three regular season weeks for first-year head coach Andy Sparks.
“I’m expecting millions,” joked Sparks.
The Gee-Gees gave up noticeable size to the Marauders but were relentless under the basket in the first half, with a 24-16 rebound advantage including nine to four on offensive boards, with seven steals to three.
uOttawa finished with more steals (13-7), rebounds (42-34) and less turnovers (22-18).
“The defence is coming,” said Sparks, who recovered after yelling himself hoarse in the first quarter. “They have been scoring in the 60s and 70s pretty regularly.”
Despite no points off five open shots in the opening two quarters, fourth-year guard Allison Forbes managed a delicate finger roll as time expired for two of her 10 points and a 26-17 uOttawa advantage at the break.
Second-year McMaster centre Taylor Chiarot had 10 of the Marauders first 17 points before finishing with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Gee-Gees host Lakehead (3-2) Saturday, November 15 (6:00pm).