Toronto’s Jill Stratton was dominant at times and made the big plays late, leading her team to a 57-53 win with 23 total points. The win is 9-9 Toronto’s second over Ottawa this season, and drops the Gee-Gees to 12-6 with four regular season games remaining.
The Blues utilised a double team intermittently against Ottawa’s guards bringing the ball up the court, resulting in offensive confusion throughout the game.
Toronto took its largest lead of the game at 43-35 just before the end of the third quarter, built on a steady diet of free throws while the Gee-Gees were forced to settle for outside shots. Ottawa sank eight treys in the contest but found little offensive flow and were held to 30 per cent shooting. The Blues went to the line 21 times and made good on 15 on the night.
Ottawa’s Angela Tilk registered her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, sharing the team scoring lead with Stephanie MacDonald.
Tilk and MacDonald combined to make a late run and tie the game in the final minutes. Toronto led 48-45 with three minutes to play, and the lead was cut down to three again by Tilk putting back an offensive rebound. Tilk brought down another key rebound following a missed free throw by MacDonald, who then banked home a three-pointer to tie the game at 50-50.
Jill Stratton got to the line on the next Blues possession and confidently sank her first of six straight pressure free throws to secure the win. Stratton also picked up a crucial steal as Toronto clamped down defensively and prevented Ottawa from getting another quality shot attempt.
1 2 3 4 F
Ottawa 13 10 14 16 53
Toronto 15 10 18 14 57