The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees used a massive first quarter lead to cruise to an 82-55 victory on Friday night versus the McMaster Marauders. The Gee-Gees were able to get out of their early season funk as they gained their first victory of the season.
The Gee-Gees fared better in front of their home crowd as they shot 40.5 percent from the field and led 37-29 heading into the halftime break. Throughout the first half Ottawa was able to produce easy buckets with quick cuts to the hoop and backdoor plays which put the Marauders defence off-balance.
“The first half was a bit out of control because they were able to throw-off our tempo but we were able to calm down after half-time and perform well,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “We knew from the beginning that our team would be at its best later in the season but we saw a glimpse of how well we can play tonight.”
Catherine Traer may have performed the highlight of the night in the first quarter as she inbounded the ball to herself off her opponent’s back and finished the play with an easy lay-up. Excellent bench support was an important factor for Ottawa as their reserves produced important points offensively and gave the team a defensive boost throughout the game.
Fifth year forward Jenna Gilbert had a strong performance leading all scorers with 17 points, along with two assists and three rebounds. Maddie Stephen followed up her strong opening weekend with a double-double as she put up 14 points and an impressive 15 rebounds. “It was nice to come off with a big win tonight and just come together as a team,” said Stephen.
The Gee-Gees will be back in action tomorrow night at Monpetit Hall as they take on the Brock University Badgers at 6 p.m.
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Ottawa 29 8 24 21
McMaster 14 15 10 16
Ottawa leaders: Jenna Gilbert – 17 points; Maddie Stephen – 14 points, 15 rebounds; Kellie Ring – 10 points, five assists