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RECAP: Gee-Gees hold on to upset #8 McMaster in Hamilton to close first semester

Saturday December 2, 2017
Gee-Gees at McMaster
Fraser Caldwell

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team earned a tough 48-45 road win over the U SPORTS eighth-ranked McMaster Marauders in Hamilton on Saturday.

Spreading the ball around the floor, the team was able to establish a double-digit lead on one of the OUA’s top teams early in the first quarter. Part of the Gee-Gees’ ability to get points early was in their defence, forcing the Marauders into a myriad of turnovers to kick off the game.

Despite carrying a commanding 36-18 lead into the second half, McMaster showed signs of offensive life before the break. The Marauders came out and won a scrappy third quarter by a slim 10-8 margin and it seemed as though the Ottawa offence was unable to rekindle their first half magic.

In the final frame, McMaster stormed out on a 14-0 run and almost tied the game after a barrage of three-pointers. The Gee-Gees were finally able to break the run and two big free-throw makes by Angela Ribarich put the team up enough to seal the win.

“It’s a really good way to go into the break,” said Ribarich. “We’ve been inconsistent over the course of a game, we’ve had big highs and big lows. To come out that strong shows that we can compete at that level, now we just have to learn how to do it for four quarters.”

Ribarich had a double-double performance on the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amélie Hachey also had 10 points and six rebounds and Maia Timmons had nine points, all of which came on three-pointers.

“Our execution on opportunities wasn’t as good as it needed to be, but we got two wins this weekend,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “We said a week ago that if we get to 5-5 at the break we would be happy, and here we are, but there’s always lots of work to be done.”

After the break, the Gee-Gees will face Toronto and Ryerson at Montpetit Hall on Jan. 5-6.