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Strong team performance earns lopsided win at York

Friday February 13, 2015
GeeGees vs. York

It was a true team effort for the short-benched uOttawa Gee-Gees who took a 79-42 victory at York University on Friday evening. Defence sparked an early lead and Ottawa (11-5) was in the driver’s seat throughout. The Lions fall to 2-15 on the year.

Stephanie MacDonald was the leading scorer for Ottawa with 14 points, adding 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Julia Soriano and Kellie Ring were also in double-digits at 12 and 10, respectively, but each member of the Gee-Gees found their way onto the score sheet for at least four points. Rookie Jen Crowe led the way with 12 rebounds.

York’s Courtney Osbourne also scored 14 on a night when the Lions shot 27 per cent from the field as a team.

Ottawa had a very productive first quarter, putting up 28 points in the frame on the strength of solid drives into the paint and good free throw shooting. The York players were met with Gee-Gee defensive pressure at midcourt and solid team defence in the half court set, resulting in shot clock buzzer countdowns almost every possession.

It was a fast-paced first half overall, with Ottawa holding a 50-22 edge at halftime. The Gee-Gees used five-at-a-time substitutions to keep fresh legs and ran freely up and down the court.

Ottawa picked up where they left off defensively in the third, getting a stops on the opening York possessions. The Gee-Gees needed that defensive lock down as their offence struggled to hit open looks, although offensive rebounds helped hold the lead above 30 for most of the third quarter. A Julia Soriano trey on the final possession ended the third with the score at 61-31.

Isabelle Dion opened the fourth with a pair of inside baskets and Ottawa extended its lead to 70-34 on a corner three from MacDonald with six minutes remaining. The whistles came out at the end of the game, resulting in a slower pace which ensured the large Gee-Gees victory.

Ottawa will head east to wrap up its final road trip of the regular season with a game at Queen’s (10-6) on Saturday night at 6 p.m.

 

BOX SCORE

 

1

2

3

4

F

Ottawa

28

22

11

18

79

York

12

10

9

11

42