Gryphon hoops women finish sweep of Algoma

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons outscored the Algoma Thunderbirds by nine points in the final five minutes of the game to claim an 87-72 victory in OUA women’s basketball league play Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The win leaves the Gryphs and Laurier Golden Hawks tied for fifth in the West Division at 10-10. Top six qualify for the playoffs and the Brock Badgers are seventh at 6-14 with four games to play.

“The girls are buying into the process and continuing to do a great job,” Gryphon coach Mark Walton said.

The win was also the fourth in five games for the Gryphs.

“We’re playing better defensively overall,” Walton said. “When we had to make plays offensively, some of our veterans stepped up and made some plays. It was a personal high two nights in a row for Ivana (Vujadinovic) and she just made the effort plays, made the smart reads and did all the things that great players are supposed to do.”

Saturday, the Gryphs celebrated Seniors Night by rallying for the win over the team they had dumped 75-47 a night earlier.

“Back-to-back’s always tough,” Walton said. “They made shots. Last night we defended a little better, certainly in the first quarter when they only had four points and they couldn’t make a shot. In the first half we held them to 1-for-12 from the arc and tonight they go 9-for-17. We knew going in that they were a great shooting team and if they get going, they get going.”

The Gryphs trailed 19-18 at the end of Saturday’s first quarter, but led 46-41 at halftime and 66-59 at the end of the third quarter.

The Gryphs never fell more than five points behind, as they were three times in the opening quarter, and they stretched the gap to the final 15-point margin by outscoring Algoma 12-3 in the final five minutes of the match.

Vujadinovic led the Gryphs with 24 points (after scoring 19 Friday) while Sarah Holmes had 19 and Ashley Wheeler had 10. Haley Belyk added nine. Vujadinovic also grabbed six rebounds, four assists and two steals while Belyk had four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Skyla Minaker had four assists and Quincy Sickles-Jarvis had three blocks.

Karina Cole had 14 points for Algoma while Guelph native Sydney Resch netted 12 and Karly Fracalanza had 10. Mairead Dunn grabbed six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

McMaster Marauders and Windsor Lancers are tied for first in the division with identical 16-4 records. They’re followed by the Lakehead Thunderwolves (12-8), Western Mustangs (11-9), Guelph and Laurier, Brock and Waterloo and Algoma who are tied at 2-18.

The Gryphs have two games against Waterloo left on their regular-season schedule and one each against Laurier and Western.

“If we win the rest of our four games, we’ll have a home-court playoff advantage (in the divisional quarter-finals) which would be great,” Walton said.

 

Gryphons 87 Thunderbirds 72
TEAM STATS
Field Goals: Algoma 24-51; Guelph 35-69
Field-Goal Percentage: Algoma 47.1; Guelph 50.7
Three-Pointers: Algoma 9-17; Guelph 2-14
Three-Point Percentage: Algoma 52.9; Guelph 14.3
Free Throws: Algoma 15-19; Guelph 15-17
Free-Throw Percentage: Algoma 78.9; Guelph 88.2
Rebounds: Algoma 22; Guelph 31
Assists: Algoma 12; Guelph 15
Turnovers: Algoma 21; Guelph 15
Points off Turnovers: Algoma 10; Guelph 22
Second-Chance Points: Algoma 1; Guelph 14
Bench Points: Algoma 18; Guelph 44
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