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Windsor plays big, grabs win

Saturday January 28, 2017
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Ellen Bond

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team went 1-1 on the road this weekend after falling to No. 6 ranked Windsor 63-47 on Saturday night. Instrumental to Windsor’s offence was Carly Steer’s 18 points off the bench, all from three-pointers. uOttawa kept pace with the Lancers in the first half, but ultimately struggled offensively and were outsized by Windsor’s post players.

 “We are without our primary post player and this is the first game it really showed. Their ‘bigs’ were dominant in the game,” explains Ottawa head coach Andy Sparks. 

Emily Prevost and Cheyanne Roger each recorded double-doubles to support the Lancer win; Prevost had a monster night with 16 points and 18 rebounds. uOttawa was out-rebounded by Windsor 45-25. 

Windsor played Ottawa extremely tight and looked to force turnovers at every possession.  uOttawa returned the favor by applying a full court press on Windsor’s offense. Still, Steer hit three consecutive three-pointers to take Windsor into a nine point lead late in the first quarter.

Ottawa responded when Danielle Marion stole the ball and threw a long pass to Sarah Besselink who sunk an uncontested and textbook layup. “The girls pushed hard through the second quarter, I was happy from a defensive perspective,” said Sparks. Ottawa trailed 27-21 at half time.

The Gee-Gees underperformed offensively in the second half allowing Windsor to stretch the lead. Steer was clutch for Windsor, hitting two more three-point shots early in the second half, stretching Windsor lead fourteen.

With Windsor’s defensive focus clearly targeted on her, Besselink finished with ten points while Amélie Hachey scored the team high of 13. Brooklyn McAlear-Fanus showed grit as she worked through Windsor’s tough defence to get six assists.

The Gee-Gees head home with a 10-3 regular season record and are less than a week away from the Capital Hoops Classic, where they will get their chance for redemption against the Carleton Ravens. Tickets are on sale on campus at Montpetit Hall and the Minto Sports Complex Client Service desks, or online through the Canadian Tire Centre.