Gryphon hoops women keep eyes on home playoff match

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons kept their eyes on the prize as they turned in a strong second quarter on their way to a 71-51 win over the Waterloo Warriors in OUA women’s basketball play Wednesday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The second-quarter performance by the hosts turned a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter into a 17-point advantage at halftime.

The prize the Gryphs are looking for is a home game in the playoffs. With the win, the Gryphs are tied with the Western Mustangs for fourth in the West Division and will face the Mustangs in two consecutive meaningful games.

They are to complete their regular seasons Saturday at the GGAC. Winner of that game gets fourth and will host the loser in a divisional quarter-final next week.

Against Waterloo, the Gryphs led 18-16 at the end of the first period, 40-23 at halftime and 62-41 after the third quarter.

The Gryphs got points from all 12 players and no one saw less than nine minutes of floor time.

Haley Belyk led the Gryphs with 12 points while Ivana Vujadinovic and Julia Kokonis had eight apiece, Sarah Holmes and Ashley White had seven each and Burke Bechard and Ashley Wheeler had six apiece. Holmes grabbed eight rebounds and Wheeler had seven. Belyk had five steals and Megan Brenkel had two blocks. Bechard had four assists.

Aphia Ward led Waterloo with 15 points while Guelph native Sydney Wilson had 12 and Julia Pavlik contributed eight. Pavlik and Megan Goar had four rebounds apiece while Hilary Ferguson and Ann Stewart each had two blocks and Wilson had three steals and three assists.

Saturday’s game at the GGAC will be the second meeting between the Gryphs and Western this season as the Mustangs won 64-58 at Western Jan. 17. The Gryphs have won seven of the eight games they’ve played since then.

Game time Saturday is 1 p.m.

The Gryphs and Western enter the game with identical 13-10 records and while a tie with the Lakehead Thunderwolves (14-8) for third in the division is possible, Lakehead swept both teams during the regular season and will win a tie-breaker against either.

Lakehead is to complete its regular season this weekend with a pair of games against the Laurier Golden Hawks (10-12), the same team they’ll host in a divisional quarter-final next week.

 

Gryphons 71 Warriors 51
Waterloo     16-7-18-10–51
Guelph        18-22-22-9–71
TEAM STATS
Field Goals: Waterloo 19-55; Guelph 26-68
Field-Goal Percentage: Waterloo 34.5; Guelph 38.2
Three-Pointers: Waterloo 4-23; Guelph 4-14
Three-Point Percentage: Waterloo 17.4; Guelph 28.6
Free Throws: Waterloo 9-11; Guelph 15-20
Free-Throw Percentage: Waterloo 81.8; Guelph 75.0
Rebounds: Waterloo 23; Guelph 40
Assists: Waterloo 6; Guelph 18
Turnovers: Waterloo 22; Guelph 11
Points off Turnovers: Waterloo 10; Guelph 23
Second-Chance Points: Waterloo 0; Guelph 16
Bench Points: Waterloo 13; Guelph 30
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