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Rebound win for Gee-Gees over Rams

Saturday January 18, 2014
Richard A. Whittaker

A pair of double-doubles by Maddie Stephen and Angela Tilk powered the no. 8 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees to a 70-55 win at home over the Ryerson Rams on Saturday night. The victory, which moves Ottawa’s record to 9-4, marks an important bounce-back performance after a disappointing loss on Friday.

Tilk notched her second straight double-double performance with 14 points and 12 rebounds, giving her three on the season, while Stephen logged her fourth double-double of the campaign with 13 points and 11 rebounds. As a team, Ottawa out-rebounded the Rams 46-29.

The Gee-Gees’ balanced attack was led by Stephanie MacDonald with 15 points, and Ryerson’s Keneca Pingue-Giles led all scorers with 21 points.

“We focussed on calming ourselves down, running through our offence and reading the defence,” said Stephen of the improved team offence. “We had to take that mental step because we were trying to go at a hundred miles an hour yesterday.”

The Gee-Gees appeared different from the outset, opening the game with a crispness which had lacked in the second half of Friday’s loss. A pair of three-pointers by Pingue-Giles helped Ryerson keep pace with a high-energy Gee-Gees squad in the first quarter, and the visitors trailed 17-12 after one.

Pingue-Giles continued to threaten in the second, bringing the Rams within four at 25-21 before Ottawa quickly extended their lead to double-digits at 31-21 at 2:50 with a pair of treys from rookie Sarah Besselink and MacDonald. The third-year Ram had 13 points in the first half, accounting for more than half the Rams’ output as Ottawa went into the locker room with a 37-24 lead.

Ryerson was held to just two points in first four minutes of second half while Ottawa extended its lead out to 46-26, punctuated by a three-point splash from Francesca Bellehumeur-Moya, who finished the game with 12 points.

Ottawa suffered a mini-meltdown during the first five minutes of the fourth quarter. Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks called a timeout to address the defensive lapses which led to a 15-3 run by the Rams. “We just have to make sure that we keep going with what is working as much as we can,” said Sparks, whose troops recovered to close out the game strong.


                            1              2              3              4              F

Ottawa                 17           20           23           10           70

Ryerson               12           12           10           21           55