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Ottawa tops Ryerson in overtime

Saturday January 23, 2016
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David van Slingerland

It may be the biggest win of the season for the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team, knocking off the no. 4 ranked Ryerson Rams in a thrilling overtime game in Toronto on Saturday night. Julia Soriano came through with a clutch performance in the overtime, knocking down a three-pointer from the corner with five seconds left on the clock to seal the victory for no. 10 ranked Ottawa.

Soriano scored 8 of Ottawa’s 12 points in the overtime period, using a pair of long distance splashes to bring the Gee-Gees back from a three-point deficit and into the lead. Kellie Ring added a pair of free throws in the final five minutes and Katherine Lemoine added an open jumper from the elbow after collecting a pivotal offensive rebound.

Soriano was 6-14 from three-point range for the game, finishing with 20 points. Kellie Ring had another stellar game down the stretch, battling for inside position and finishing transition opportunities. The senior guard stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Katherine Lemoine played 38 minutes and registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The lead changed hands six times in the game, which was close throughout the entire second half. Ryerson dominated the opening frame, particularly on the rebounding effort, and put Ottawa in an early 19-8 deficit. That lead grew to its largest point at 25-10 before the Gee-Gees began to chip away. By halftime, the visitors trailed by just three.

Jennifer Crowe, little used to this point in the season, had a breakthrough game and helped to key the second quarter surge. The second-year forward notched 11 points and four rebounds along with two steals.

For Ryerson, Keneca Pingue-Giles was the go-to player down the stretch. She scored the final nine points in regulation time before giving way to Mariah Nunes in the overtime. Nunes scored a tough layup from the left side through traffic to tie the game before Soriano’s winner. Pingue-Giles led the Rams with 17 points and 8 rebounds on the night.