The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team is back in the win column thanks to a 62-54 victory over the York Lions on Friday night. uOttawa came from behind in the first quarter and held the Lions at bay to secure the win. Sarah Besselink had a huge second half tonight finishing with 13 points. Veteran Julia Soriano had an incredible first game back from injury scoring 12 points with nine boards.
“She was the difference in the game, for her to come back and be a good contributer like that at the start was really positive,” explains Ottawa head coach Andy Sparks.
York took an early lead as the Gee-Gees were rebounding well but their shots were not hitting the mark. It was a team effort to close the gap to one point heading into the second quarter with points coming from several Gee-Gee players. Sparks says, “it was a shaky start. We had lots of good opportunities but we were rushing things, I think.”
In the second quarter uOttawa became extremely aggressive on defence to regain possession, but continued to have trouble scoring. After five-minutes of back-and-forth play, Besselink and Soriano scored a stream of points to take the Gee-Gees into the lead. Sparks explains, “defensively we were much better, it took them out of step, we turned them over quite a bit, we kept them off the offensive boards.”
Ottawa scored twenty-five-points off of York turnovers. Kellie Forand had a great defensive game with four steals. Both the first and second quarters ended in Gee-Gee buzzer beaters by veterans Soriano and Besselink, respectively.
Besselink got into the zone offensively in the third to stretch the garnet and grey lead to fourteen points. Sparks explains, “She does that every game for us. It’s nice to have that steady player you can rely on. She has been playing like an all-star this year.” At five minutes to play, Soriano scored an impressive jump-shot over her defender to beat the clock. York pushed back late in the fourth quarter but they could not repair the damage the Gee-Gees offence inflicted in the second half.
Following Besselink and Soriano in scoring was Brooklynn McAlear-Fanus who scored ten points. uOttawa shot well from the free-throw line at 75 percent, McAlear-Fanus without mistake in her four attempts. York out-rebounded uOttawa 33-28.