Gryphon hoops women drop another two-pointer to Lakehead

THUNDER BAY – The Guelph Gryphons dropped another heart-breaker to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday night at Lakehead’s Thunderdome.

For the second consecutive night, the Gryphs were edged by two points by the host Thunderwolves.

Leashja Grant sank two free throws with 22 seconds to play to give Lakehead a 64-62 win.

The Gryphs had a chance to pull even, but missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Guelph had rallied from a six-point deficit with 3:17 to go to square the score on a Skyla Minaker layup with 44 seconds to play.

Lakehead led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter before the Gryphs shot ahead 38-31 by halftime. However, Guelph added 24 points in the second half, the same amount they had scored in the second quarter alone. The Thunderwolves were up 47-46 at the end of the third quarter.

While the Gryphs shot 34 per cent from the floor in the first half, that percentage fell to 24 per cent in the second half. Lakehead shot 31 per cent in the first half and 37 per cent in the second half.

Ivana Vujadinovic led Guelph with 17 points while Minaker had 15, Ashley Wheeler nine and Megan Brenkel eight. Minaker had nine rebounds while Quincy Sickles-Jarvis had three assists. Haley Belyk, Sickles-Jarvis and Burke Bechard each had two steals.

The Gryphs stopped almost every other player than Grant who led the Thunderwolves with 41 points. Tiffany Reynolds was next on the list with six points. Grant grabbed 16 rebounds and had two steals while Lily Gruber-Schulz had 10 rebounds and three assists and Rachel Webber had three assists and five steals.

While Grant hit 15 of 26 shots and 11 of 14 from the free-throw line, her teammates combined to hit eight of 43 shots including none of their 18 three-point attempts (Grant didn’t try a three-pointer) and seven of their 12 free throws.

The result leaves Lakehead tied with the McMaster Marauders for second in the West Division at 8-4 while Guelph is sixth at 5-7. Windsor Lancers lead at 9-3.

The Gryphs are to host the fifth-place Laurier Golden Hawks (6-6) Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Gryphons Athletics Centre.

  • Guelph Sports Journal