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MacDonald and Traer lift Gees over Gryphons

Friday November 8, 2013
McDonald doing a basket.
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team dug a hole and then climbed back out of it, rallying to take a 67-61 win over the Guelph Gryphons on the road Friday night. Sophomore Catherine Traer scored twenty points and provided most of Ottawa’s early offence, while veteran guard Stephanie MacDonald took control in the late-going to lift the Gee-Gees to their second win of the season.

The Gryphons were paced by third-year forward Katherine MacTavish’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Second-year guard Erica McFadden bucketed 18 points and the duo pushed Ottawa to the limit in the fourth.

The Gee-Gees led 16-12 at the end of the opening ten minutes but then suffered through a brutal second quarter, notching only five points while the Gryphons sped ahead to a 28-21 halftime lead.

Ottawa’s inside presence got back on track to start the second half, as post players Angela Tilk, Maddie Stephen, Katherine Lemoine and Akpene Kwame combined for 15 of the Gee-Gees’ 22 third quarter points. Second-year post Katherine Lemoine hit a jumper at the end of the frame to give Ottawa a 43-42 advantage.

Traer returned to the score sheet with a crucial pair of baskets late as the lead changed hands eight times in the final quarter. The second-year wing sank a three-pointer to put Ottawa ahead 62-57, finally giving the Gee-Gees the distance they needed to keep the lead for good.

Lemoine came off the bench to help power the comeback in the third quarter. The Cornwall, Ont. native notched ten points and four rebounds, and was 4-5 from the free throw line.

MacDonald finished the game with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Ottawa. Third-year centre Maddie Stephen pulled down 14 rebounds, helping the garnet and grey to win the battle of the boards 43-34.

The Gee-Gees are back in action on Saturday night, travelling to Thunder Bay to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on SSN Canada.


Box Score

                           1              2              3              4           F

Ottawa                 16            5              22             24        67

Guelph                 12            16            14             19        61