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Wishart three-balls cap third straight win

Saturday January 14, 2017
Women's Basketball PLayer running with the ball.
Ellen Bond

The uOttawa women’s basketball team dominated offensively in its 88-32 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday night. The big point total was padded by star performances from Melina Wishart, Sarah Besselink, and Amélie Hachey.

 “Melina Wishart went off in the fourth quarter, which is always good to see a bit of confidence going forward,” explains head coach Sparks on Wishart’s eighteen point fourth quarter. Wishart and Besselink netted 20 points in the game, followed by 18 from Hachey. It was the second straight 20-point performance from Besselink.

The Gee-Gees got off to a better start this evening, drawing fouls and reading the transition well to find bodies under the basket. Sparks explains the defensive shift after the first quarter, “on the defensive end of the floor we were not sticking to our systems. We were letting them get to the rim, our help was not there. We started to help much better and their production went down.” uOttawa’s defensive improvement kept Nipissing stalled at 19 points for over ten minutes, and only allowed four points in the second and two points in third quarter.

Julia Dostaler performed well offensively off the jump producing eight points in the early going. In the second quarter, Dostaler’s steal produced a 2-on-1 and she found Hachey for an easy layup. Besselink showed patience and composure to as she started her nine-point run shortly afterwards. On a Gee-Gees inbound in the Nipissing end of the court, Dostaler soccer-throws to find Besselink under the basket for an easy two-points off the glass. Every ball Wishart touched in the fourth quarter turned into gold; she was 4-for-4 from three-point land. 

“We were very happy with Amélie Hachey, and Julia Dostaler. Katherine Lemoine was doing a good job. I mean, across the board tonight was a nice step for us. We haven’t had a game like that all year,” concludes Sparks.

uOttawa shot 81.8 percent from the free throw line compared to Nipissing 42.9 percent, and outrebounded the opponent 51-29. Gee-Gees had thirty-two-point production from bench.