Tight first half not enough against no. 1
The uOttawa women’s basketball team fell to nationally no. 1 ranked McMaster 69-50 in the first regular season home game at Montpetit Hall this season. Ottawa trailed by just five at the halftime break before a third quarter surge by the Marauders spread the gap. The loss drops Ottawa’s record to 3-1 while McMaster improves to 6-0.
The Marauders were led by big performances from Danielle Boiago and Linnaea Harper – the duo scored 20 and 22 points, respectively with Boiago adding nine rebounds.
uOttawa played pressure defence tight in the first quarter, guarding the perimeter well. Veteran Sarah Besselink performed well defensively with 6 of the 12 uOttawa rebounds in the frame. Both veteran Melina Wishart and third-year Ariane Lefevbre contributed successful shots from distance. After back and forth play by both squads, the first quarter ended in 15 all tie.
“In the quarter court defence, I thought we did okay,” said Ottawa head coach Andy Sparks.
McMaster took the lead in the second period while the Gee-Gees tried to keep pace. uOttawa had some ball handling issues, allowing five shots from distance in McMaster’s transition. uOttawa remained strong off the glass with 26 rebounds.
Ottawa veteran Melina Wishart had a strong final quarter, sinking a big shot from distance, and a jump shot shortly after. However, McMaster stretched the lead out of the Gee-Gees reach by fourth quarter. “Their starters outplayed our starters,” said Sparks simply. “We just couldn’t get into our offence. It was a tough one, we have to get a lot better.”