The women’s basketball team ended their OUA playoff push with a win in the bronze medal game at Montpetit Hall on Saturday afternoon. The 71-50 win over McMaster gives Ottawa a case for the wildcard berth in the CIS Final 8, and was a come-back performance for an offence which struggled a week ago in the OUA East Final.
Third-year forward Tatiana Hanlan hit four three-pointers to pace the Gee-Gees’ offence with 16 points on the afternoon. That was followed closely by Jenna Gilbert’s 12 point effort, and 11 key points from rookie forward Catherine Traer.
“We finally started to make some shots – Jenna and Tatiana making shots let us open it up a bit more in the second half,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks, comparing today’s result to last weekend’s offensive struggle against the Carleton Ravens. “Maddie [Stephen] got her twelve rebounds and did her thing defensively and Julia Soriano I thought did a real nice job at the point for us, so it was a good team result.”
Two of Gilbert’s signature three-point shots came early in the third quarter, helping Ottawa break the game open after they held a 35-25 edge at halftime. Ottawa stretched their lead to nineteen points in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Ottawa was able to shut down McMaster’s OUA West first-team all-star post, Halley Milligan. Milligan was causing problems for Ottawa in the early-going, and finished with 17 points but only bucketed two in the fourth quarter.
Ottawa must now await the results of the Atlantic University Sport playoffs which conclude Sunday afternoon to hear if they make the cut as the wildcard team at nationals.
“It’s probably a step short of where I thought we’d be - I thought we could be there at the OUA Final,” said Sparks of the OUA bronze medal result. “We’ll have to see how the vote goes. We beat a tough team today and showed that we were the better side. We know we can be there if we compete on a full-time basis.”
If Ottawa does return to the Final 8, it would be for the fourth time in Sparks’ five years with the team.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 14 21 17 19 71
McMaster 10 15 13 12 50