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Golden Hawks shut down Gee-Gee offence

Saturday November 22, 2014
Women basketball in ation

The uOttawa women’s basketball team had its four game winning streak snapped on Saturday night, falling 69-59 to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in Waterloo, Ont. The Hawks, now 5-1 in regular season play, held Ottawa to just 34 per cent shooting and ran away with the game in the third quarter which saw the Gee-Gees score just eight points.

The teams were evenly matched at the half, with Laurier holding a slight 32-30 lead. In the third quarter the Hawks slowed the game right down, heading to the free throw line 11 times in the frame after second-year guard Sarah Dillon sank her fourth trey of the game early on in the third.

Dillon, who came off the bench, would finish the game with 15 points to lead the Hawks. The Laurier attack also featured four other players in double-digits, while Stephanie MacDonald led Ottawa with 16 points and eight rebounds.

The Laurier lead stretched to 53-38 at the end of the third quarter, and although Ottawa showed flashes in the fourth quarter, including a three-pointer by Sarah Besselink which cut the lead to 65-57 with 1:37 to play, the third quarter had already determined the game’s outcome.

Ottawa was just 3-for-17 from long distance through the opening three quarters, and finished the game 23-66 from the field overall.

“Laurier controlled the tempo very well, but we still felt as though we were competing against that team and we could beat them on a good day,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “The start to the third quarter cost us the chance to be close at the end, and we started taking out our frustration with some fouls,” he added.

The loss drops Ottawa’s record to 4-2 in regular season play, but the Gee-Gees remain atop the OUA North division standings. The final weekend of play before the winter exam break will see Ottawa host the Ryerson Rams (5-1) and Toronto Varsity Blues (4-2) at Montpetit Hall. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets online.


                             1              2              3              4              F

Ottawa                 17           13           8              21           59

Laurier                  15           17           21           16           69