Cold-shooting Gryphon hoops women edged by Laurier
WATERLOO – There’ll likely be some extra shooting practise for the Guelph Gryphons after they dropped a 55-51 decision to the Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA women’s basketball play Wednesday night at Laurier.
The Gryphs shot 23 per cent from the floor including 18.5 per cent on three-pointers in the loss. The Golden Hawks sank exactly the same number of baskets, but took 29 fewer shots including 11 fewer three-pointers.
The difference in the game came on free throws as the Gryphs hit eight of their 10 shots and Laurier hit 12 of 16.
The game was a close affair throughout with Laurier leading 18-14 at the end of the first quarter, 24-23 at halftime and 44-37 at the end of the third quarter. The Gryphs tied the score at 33-33 four and a half minutes into the third quarter, but the Golden Hawks reclaimed the lead 14 seconds later and never let it get out of their grasp after that.
The missed shots meant there were a lot more rebounds up for grabs under the Laurier net than under Guelph’s basket. In all, the teams grabbed 53 rebounds under Laurier’s basket and 32 under the Gryphon basket where the locals were dominant, hauling down all but two of the rebounds.
Ashley Wheeler led the Gryphs with 11 points while Hanna Pryce had 10, Sarah Holmes nine and MacKeely Shantz eight. Shantz also grabbed 11 rebounds while Wheeler and Skyla Minaker each had eight. Wheeler also had seven assists and she and Shantz each had three steals.
Brianna Iannazzo connected for 18 points for Laurier while Jill Condron and Celina Elliott each had nine. Condron and Kate Moran each had seven rebounds and Iannazzo had four steals and Moran had six blocks.
The loss was the third in a row for the Gryphs who are fourth in the West Division at 4-3. Laurier, winners of five consecutive games, are third at 6-3.
The Gryphs are to host the Waterloo Warriors (sixth in the West at 1-7) Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
Golden Hawks 55 Gryphons 51
- Guelph Sports Journal