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Team win over Thunderwolves

Friday January 20, 2017
Tessa Boyd shooting the ball.
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Ellen Bond

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team showed off its depth Friday night in a 69-45 win over Lakehead. uOttawa dominated in the paint tonight with five players in the double-digits in scoring. On top of that list was Ariane Lefebvre with 13. Lefebvre is the eighth different player to lead uOttawa in scoring this regular season as the Gee-Gees pushed their record to 8-3.

“Ariane Lefebvre really stepped up and had a great game for us,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks of his third-year guard. Lefebvre was 5-8 from the floor including a pair of three-pointers.

uOttawa set the tone for tonight’s game by taking an early lead. Julia Dostaler showed her sheer determination as she recovered an all but out of bounds ball and awaiting Sarah Besselink who drained the shot for two points. The Thunderwolves responded in the second quarter as they tightened up their defence on the Gee-Gees. In the next period, Amélie Hachey created a fast break and found Dostaler for an easy layup.  Lakehead attempted to close the gap through quick transition, finding their players deep on several occasions and forcing sixteen Gee-Gee turnovers.”

uOttawa’s offence soared in the second half, as it stretched the lead to eighteen in the third, and twenty-four by the final whistle. Sparks eplained the offensive success, “most of the girls had great opportunities to score today and we had sixteen assists so the ball was moving pretty well.”  For example, the Gee-Gees circulated the ball until Besselink saw an opportunity, and found Crowe in the key through a sea of blue jerseys for the basket. “Overall I think it was a really good team win,” concluded Sparks.

Of note, first year uOttawa 6-foot 3-inch post Tessa Boyd made her season debut in the final three minutes of tonight’s game. Boyd’s first bucket was a buzzer beater which brought her team to its feet and onto the court in celebration. Boyd, who is an exchange student from Loughborough, England studying history this year at uOttawa, added one block on the defensive end. 

uOttawa balanced out their offence with strong defense with 56 boards compared to Lakehead’s 44. Following behind Lefebvre in scoring were Hachey with 12 points, Besselink and Melina Wishart with 11, and Brooklyn McAlear with 10 points. The bench contributed 28 points for uOttawa.