Gryphon hoops women top Laurentian to sweep weekend

SUDBURY — The Guelph Gryphons vaulted themselves back into the OUA women’s basketball league’s playoff picture with a second-half surge against the Laurentian Voyageurs Saturday night.

The surge helped the Gryphs turn a one-point lead at halftime into a 77-63 victory and a sweep of their weekend games. It was the first time this season the Gryphs, now 4-12, won back-to-back games. They’ve also won three of their last four games.

The teams were tied 15-15 at the end of the first quarter before Guelph took a 30-29 lead into the intermission. The Gryphs extended the lead to 50-43 by the end of the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth quarter.

Megan Brenkel led the Gryphs with a season-high 21 points while Samantha Renshaw netted 15, Abbey Clark had 14 and Ashley Wheeler contributed 10. Sarah Holmes grabbed 12 rebounds while Haley Belyk had seven assists and five steals and Wheeler had five blocks.

L’Ashante Henry hit for 18 points for Laurentian while Kayla Deschatelets had 15 and Emily Tinnes and Meghan Forestell added 12 apiece. Mackenzie Robinson hauled down 11 rebounds and had five assists and Deschatelets had four steals.

Laurentian received four points from players who started the game on the bench while the Gryphs got 22. Guelph shot 43 per cent in the game and had a season-high 51 rebounds.

The Gryphs are 13th in the league’s RPI ratings at .4510 while Laurentian (3-14) is 14th at .4409. Top 12 qualify for the playoffs and the Western Mustangs (6-10) are 12th at .4526.

The Gryphs have three games to go in their regular season, all at home. They’re to host the Lakehead Thunderwolves (6-9) twice next weekend and the Waterloo Warriors (5-11) Feb. 18 to close out their regular season. Lakehead is eighth in the RPI standings at .4921 and Waterloo is 11th at .4549.

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