The Gee-Gees were looking for their fifth straight win on Saturday night as they took on the fourth place Ryerson Rams. Despite a second half collapse the Gee-Gees were able to hang on and take a 65-57 victory.
It was a rookie filled starting line-up for the Gee-Gees as rookies Catherine Traer, Julia Soriano and Katherine Lemoine started in place of Jenna Gilbert and injured Maddie Stephen. Gilbert took the night off for the Gee-Gees as her playing time will be limited in her return to game play.
The Gee-Gees displayed the effectiveness of their full court pressure defence in the first quarter as they held the Rams to only two points in the quarter. Ottawa was also able to force 11 turnovers in the opening 10 minutes, which lead to many easy buckets in transition.
“I think we played with great energy in the first half, we played exactly how we wanted and we were very aggressive. However in the second we end up playing on our heels the entire time and I’m not sure why,” said head coach Andy Sparks.
The Rams were able to put up more baskets in the second quarter, but were not able to match the Gee-Gees offence as Ottawa took a 20 point lead into the halftime break.
After a consistent first half, the Gee-Gees lost their composure in the second half as they put-up only eight points in the third frame, while allowing the Rams to come within nine points with 4:51 remaining in the game. In the end, Ottawa was able to draw fouls and close out the game from the charity stripe and take the narrow victory.
“It seemed like we didn’t have anybody to go to at times because we weren’t shooting very well. When you have two important players like Jenna and Maddie out of the lineup it makes a big difference because they do so much for us.” Sparks said.
Tatiana Hanlan led all Gee-Gees in scoring with 16 points and three rebounds. Rookies Catherine Traer and Katherine Lemoine also contributed with 10 and 11 points each.
“We let them play their game in the second half. They controlled the tempo and we didn’t hit shots with consistency on offence, things are bound to go wrong. The important thing is we came out with the win, as long as we keep doing that,” said Gee-Gees point guard Kellie Ring who recorded nine points, four rebounds and four assists.
The loss marks two straight and a winless weekend for the Rams who lost versus the Carleton Ravens on Friday night.
The Gee-Gees will return to action next Friday night as they seek their revenge versus the Carleton Ravens in a rare 7 p.m. game at Montpetit Hall.
Score by quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Ryerson 2 19 14 22
Ottawa 16 25 8 17