It wasn’t pretty but the Gee-Gees got it done against the Waterloo Warriors, taking Friday’s OUA crossover battle 80-48 and dropping the Warriors to 2-4.
Stephanie MacDonald continued her hot play out of the gate, scoring seven of the Gee-Gees’ first 13 points. She finished up with 26 points, one shy of her season-high total of 27. She was incredibly efficient again, shooting 73 per cent and averaging a point per minute on the court.
The Gee-Gees again played without starting guard Kellie Ring, although they didn’t miss her in this one. Senior Sarah van Hooydonk also sat out her third straight game. But, 6-foot-3 rookie Akpene Kwamie drew back into the lineup.
Coach Andy Sparks was able to spread the minutes around, getting every player out for at least nine minutes. “It was nice tonight to get girls in that don’t play quite as much. Some of them stepped up certainly,” said Sparks. “Julia (Soriano) and Steph (MacDonald) were real solid today, but wasn’t the best for some of the others. Overall, we’ll take it.”
“I thought we were a little bit passive at times tonight. They’re probably a lot better than they showed today but they seemed to be on their heels a little bit,” he said of his bench players. “Really the ones that have not been playing should be inspired to play. So that’s really what you try to get out of this one. There was some inconsistencies but there was also times where it looked pretty good out there. Just not 100 per cent there yet.”
As a crew, the Gee-Gees committed 17 turnovers on the night. “That’s way too many. There’s an example of where we’ve got to clean it up. It’ll come.”
Marti Killeen lead the Warriors’ offence but was held to just 13 points. Kristen Osborne added 10 points. Waterloo shot 34 per cent collectively and surrendered 45 total rebounds to the Gee-Gees on their offensive end. They came on a little in the second, improving their accuracy and scored 32 points in the second half, compared to just 16 in the first.
The Gee-Gees get back at it tomorrow night at 6 p.m. against the Laurier Golden Hawks. They hold an identical 6-1 record after a win over the Carleton Ravens in their Friday game.
Sparks and the Gee-Gees expect a much different game tomorrow. “It’s important to keep the intensity up no matter what or who you’re playing,” said Julia Soriano, who was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in the first half, finishing with 14 points and five steals.
“I think we’ve definitely progressed since the start of the season. We’re more connected so the offence flows a lot more. But we’re going to bring the same intensity and hard work tomorrow that we brought today.”
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Ottawa 21 19 24 16 80
Waterloo 7 9 14 18 48