The no. 10 ranked Gee-Gees women’s basketball team lifted its record to 8-1 after tough battle to defeat the University of Toronto Blues 69-62.
The Blues set the tone by coming out hard and closed the Gee-Gees lead to one point at the end of the first quarter, 18-17. By the second half, Toronto had closed the gap with the help of Diedre Edwards, a third-year guard, by drawing “and-ones” and put backs high off the glass ending the half with Toronto leading 36-34. Edwards ended the game with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists for the University of Toronto.
Notably, Rahshida Atkinson for the Blues stripped the ball clean and hit a three-point buzzer beater giving Toronto a four point edge going into the fourth quarter. Adding to that three, the third-year guard finished with the game high of 15 points and 3 assists for U of T.
In the end, it was a team effort by the Gee-Gees to pull off a win over the Blues. Third-year guard, Kellie Forand, was an early game changer doing work all over the court. In the first half, Forand sunk one from beyond the arc, adding to her final tally of nine points, found players in the paint, and drew a charge to change possession. Forand also ended the game with 5 steals to aid her team.
Ottawa’s Kellie Ring, always effective on the floor, went on a seven point run in the fourth, ultimately sealing the deal by turning a one point game into to a six point lead for the Gee-Gees. The fourth-year senior with the team high of 13 points, Ring ripped the ball off the boards bringing down seven rebounds and found open players with four assists, adding to the win. Julia Soriano was also instrumental down the stretch, coming up with big defensive plays and a three-point dagger.
Catch the Gee-Gees tip off against the no. 4 Ryseron Rams broadcast on OUA.tv Saturday at 6 p.m.