The Gee-Gees’ offence went ice-cold when the game was pushed to overtime and Ottawa fell 57-46 to the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday night. Queen’s played from behind most of game but managed to scrap it out and put up 14 points in overtime, pulling within two points of uOttawa in the standings.
Queen’s sustained an aggressive defence throughout and made it hard for the Gee-Gees to score inside or set up good looks from outside. uOttawa was sent to the line fourteen times in regulation but only converted 50 per cent of the free throws. Ottawa post Angela Tilk was being constantly double and triple-teamed inside and could only manage to get six of 18 shots to go.
Queen’s got a steal and jumped in front in the closing seconds of the third to change the complexion of the game. That lead would be short-lived again as the Gee-Gees kept pace. The teams traded the lead three more times before Gee-Gee rookie Sarah Besselink hit a catch-and-shoot three off the inbound to square it at 43 with 46 seconds to go. It was only the second three-pointer Ottawa made to that point.
Overtime looked like a completely different game. uOttawa only managed to score three points on 12 shot attempts in the extra frame. A pair of Liz Boag free throws made it a three-possession game with 2:30 remaining in OT. The Gee-Gees got back within five but Queen’s drained their free throws to put it out of reach.
Boag paced the Gaels with 15 points, while Robyn Pearson had 14 rebounds and 10 points. Jenny Wright added 14 to the win for Queen’s.
“Credit to them, they went at our first years hard,” added Sparks. “We missed a lot. We had chances for our kids to win it for us and they didn’t get the job done today. They saw our lineup and played us. We couldn’t attack the rim and we couldn’t shoot it. It’s pretty tough to play when that happens.”
“I think the problem was that they were really aggressive and were putting a lot of pressure on our perimeters and we’re not used to that,” said Maddie Stephen who recorded 13 rebounds and 10 points in the loss. “We should be used to it but we kind of got taken aback. Everything just got harder and we weren’t strong enough.”
The win came on dismal shooting – 35 per cent for the Gaels and 25 per cent for uOttawa, far and away their poorest shooting performance of the season. Both teams were plagued by repeated turnovers, 24 for Queen’s and 20 for uOttawa, giving the other side many more chances than they may have earned.
The Gee-Gees spend the next two weekends on the road as they can see the playoffs in the near future. They’ll visit Ryerson, Toronto, Queen’s, and York before returning to Montpetit Hall on February 14 and 15 to conclude the regular season against Laurentian and Algoma.
Box Score 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT T
Queen’s 11 7 17 8 14 57
Ottawa 14 8 11 10 3 46