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Nail Biting Finish for Gee-Gees at McMaster

Saturday November 16, 2013
Thorsten Gohl

At times it appeared to be a battle between Ottawa’s Stephanie MacDonald and McMaster's Hailey Milligan as both players dictated the offence for their teams. MacDonald recorded a game-high 27 points as she played a highly efficient game for the Gee-Gees shooting 11-for-17 from the field. On the other side of the court, Milligan finished with a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds.

“We had a strong feeling that MacDonald was going to have a breakout performance soon and we are sure glad that it came tonight. She has not been shooting the way she usually does so to see her find that touch tonight was great,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “I am really proud of my girls tonight because we have had a tough time lately with some injuries but to see us come over here and win this tough game was a good feeling.”

“We were highly focused on Milligan of course and we wanted to shut her down. I felt like we could have done a better job at times but we came out with the win and that’s what’s important,” said Stephanie MacDonald. “I just try to go out there with a relaxed mentality. If the shots are dropping and I feel good out there I will obviously continue to take shots.”

The first 20 minutes of play was extremely tight between the teams as many steals were made in transition from both sides on many occasions.  The Gee-Gees were able to carry a four point lead into the halftime break as the score was 32-28 at the half. McDonald had a strong first half for the Gee-Gees as she was perfect in the first half, shooting a rare 5- for- 5.

Just when the Gee-Gees appeared they have the upper hand with a seven point lead in the fourth frame, McMaster came roaring back to take a two point lead with four minutes remaining. After battling back and forth, Ottawa was able to gain the edge and the final possession of the game in which they were successful despite high defensive pressure from the Marauders.

The win marks the second time in as many nights that uOttawa breaks the opposing team's perfect season record. First were the no.7 ranked Brock Badgers on Friday night, followed by Saturday night’s victory over the Marauders.  The win also extends the Gee-Gees' perfect road record to 4-0.

Maddie Stephan and Angela Tilk made a big impression in the game, making great efforts defensively as they contained Hayley Milligan throughout the game and help her off the offensive glass. The pair also forced Milligan to commit three early fouls before the half time break, limiting her time on the court. Milligan has had an excellent season thus far, averaging 18.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game heading in the game.

“Milligan is such a strong and smart player. I think she is the best one on one player in the country so she was obviously a big part of the game tonight,” said Sparks, “I would have like us to do a little bit better with our match-ups but we still we’re able to contain her. The thing with McMaster is they have talent all around the team and that’s what makes them so challenging.”

After playing four straight road games, Ottawa will return to Monpetit Hall next weekend where they will take the Waterloo Warriors on Friday night following by a match-up versus the Laurier Golden Hawks.