It was a tough start to the New Year for uOttawa women’s basketball team, falling to the Waterloo Warriors 67-50 on Friday night. uOttawa’s reliable point guard play suffered tonight due to illness and injury, while Waterloo shot a season high 40 per cent from the field to claim its third win of the season.
“We struggled to guard the ball today. We hope to play with more tempo tomorrow,” Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks explained.
uOttawa began tonight’s game with pace, closing a four-point gap and taking a small lead early in the first quarter. Waterloo came back into the lead with two and a half minutes to go in the quarter. Third-year guard Ariane Lefebvre drains her shot from distance, tying the game at twelve points. After a foul, Waterloo take the lead to end the quarter ahead by one point.
uOttawa had issues scoring early on in the second quarter, allowing Waterloo to build a lead. Waterloo’s fourth-year Emily Wilk contributed three successful shots from distance for the team. Waterloo finished the quarter twelve points ahead of uOttawa, while Wilk led the Warriors with 16 points in the game.
First-year Amelie Hachey and veteran Melina Wishart contributed in the third quarter as Ottawa rallied. Tightening their defence to a full court press, uOttawa generated a pair of steals in Waterloo’s end. uOttawa finished the quarter trailing Waterloo by eight points.
uOttawa struggled to both produce offensively, and to defend Waterloo in the fourth quarter. The Gee-Gees were outrebounded by a 36-22 margin.
Head Coach Sparks points out the continued point production from first-year Amelie Hachey. Hachey along with third-year Danielle Marion contributed 10 points each, leading the team in scoring tonight.
“Let’s give full credit to Waterloo, they played great today. We got out worked by quite a bit, their smaller players did a great job with their fundamentals.”
The weekend is not over yet; uOttawa takes on Wilfrid Laurier University tomorrow 6 p.m. Tune in at OUA.tv.