Cold Gryphons fall to Waterloo in OUA women’s hoops
GUELPH – It took until the fourth quarter for the Guelph Gryphon shooters to warm up in their OUA women’s basketball league match against the Waterloo Warriors, but by then it was too late.
The Gryphs sank more than half of their shots in the final quarter as they whittled a 14-point deficit in the opening minute of the fourth third quarter down to the final seven-point difference as they suffered a 58-51 loss to the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
The hosts had the difference down to three points with just under a minute and a half to go, but didn’t sink any baskets after that while Waterloo drained four free throws.
Waterloo led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter, 30-19 at halftime and 40-28 after the third quarter.
The Gryphs sank five three-pointers in the game with three of them coming in the fourth quarter. They were among the 11 field goals they hit in the final quarter. They had hit a total of seven through the first three quarters.
Renee Armstrong led the Gryphs with 14 points while Alexis Wright had 13 points and four assists and Lucy Tesseyman had nine points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and six steals. Trinity Papamandjaris had eight rebounds.
Ghiselle Poblete had 17 points and four assists for Waterloo while Summer Pahl and Yemi Oladipo had 15 points and three assists apiece. Nehita Oko-Oboh grabbed 15 rebounds while Pahl and Jaime Newell each had 10. Newell also had three blocks and two steals.
The Gryphs shot 25 percent on field goals, 17 percent (5 of 30) on three-pointers and 53 percent (10 of 19) on free throws for the game. The numbers were 17 percent (10 of 57) on field goals, nine percent (2 of 22) on three-pointers and 43 percent (6 of 14) on free throws after the third quarter.
The hosts also grabbed 41 rebounds, had 11 assists, nine blocks, 14 steals and 15 turnovers in the game while they collected 24 points in the paint, 19 off turnovers, seven on second chances and 12 from their bench.
Waterloo shot 25 percent on field goals, 39 percent on three-pointers and 63 percent on free throws and also hauled down 57 rebounds and had 12 assists, seven blocks, seven steals and 22 turnovers. The Warriors, whose bench contributed two points, had a bunch of 14s with 14 points in the paint, 14 points off turnovers and 14 points on second chances.
Waterloo and the Windsor Lancers are tied for first in the OUA West at 2-0 while the Western Mustangs are at 2-1, the Gryphs are at 1-2 and the Algoma Thunderbirds and Laurier Golden Hawks are both at 0-2.
The Gryphs and Warriors are to tangle again Saturday at 2 p.m. on Waterloo’s Carl Totzke Court in Guelph’s first road game of the regular season.
- Guelph Sports Journal