Gryphon hoops women again topped by Lakehead

GUELPH – Déjà vu all over again.

For the second night in a row the Guelph Gryphons grabbed a lead in the first half and then saw it slip away in the second half as they were dropped 76-64 by the West Division-leading Lakehead Thunderwolves in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the Gryphs and all of the setbacks were on their home court.

The hosts led Lakehead 24-15 at the end of the first quarter Saturday and 39-36 at halftime before Lakehead rebounded to go up 58-53 by the end of the third quarter.

Friday, the Gryphs led Lakehead 40-39 at halftime, but trailed 56-46 at the end of the third quarter. The locals battled back in the fourth quarter to get the final score to 67-66 for Lakehead.

Saturday, the Gryphs got the gap down to three points midway through the fourth quarter, but that was as close as they were to get as the Thunderwolves outscored the Gryphs 13-4 the rest of the way in the physical match.

Burke Bechard led the Gryphs with 15 points while Sarah Holmes had 14 and Skyla Minaker netted 10. They led Guelph rebounders as Bechard grabbed nine, Holmes eight and Minaker six. Minaker had five steals and Ivana Vujadinovic had two blocks.

Leashja Grant led all scorers with 25 points for Lakehead while Nikki Ylagan had 23 and Karissa Kajorinne added 13. Grant also had 12 rebounds and three steals and Ylagan had five assists.

Lakehead outshot the Gryphs 45.2 per cent to 32.4 from the floor, 46.7 to 28.0 from beyond the arc and 72.2 to 52.4 from the line.

The Thunderwolves lead the division at 11-1 while the Gryphs are tied with the Algoma Thunderbirds and Laurier Golden Hawks for fifth at 4-8.

The Gryphs are to play the Waterloo Warriors (3-9) at Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 

Thunderwolves 76 Gryphons 64
Lakehead     15-21-22-18–76
Guelph         24-15-14-11–64
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 32.4; Lakehead 45.2
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 28.0; Lakehead 46.7
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 52.4; Lakehead 72.2
Turnovers: Guelph 18; Lakehead 18
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 20; Lakehead 20
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 21; Lakehead 13
Total Rebounds: Guelph 38; Lakehead 37
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 22; Lakehead 14
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 16; Lakehead 23
Assists: Guelph 11; Lakehead 16
Blocks: Guelph 6; Lakehead 2
Steals: Guelph 12; Lakehead 11
Fouls: Guelph 16; Lakehead 19
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Bechard 15, Holmes 14, Minaker 10, Okeowo 9, Vujadinovic 8, Pryce 7, Kokonis 1; Lakehead — Grant 25, Ylagan 23, Kajorinne 13, Warwick-Dawkins 7, Reynolds 4, Gruber-Schulz 2, Clifford 2.
Rebounds: Guelph — Bechard 9, Holmes 8, Minaker 6, Okeowo 5, Pryce 4, Vujadinovic 3, Kokonis 2, Kingsley 1; Lakehead — Grant 12, Warwick-Dawkins 10, Reynolds 5, Kajorinne 3, Ylagan 2, Gruber-Schulz 2, Lluch 1, Dunbar 1, Clifford 1.
Assists: Guelph — Pryce 2, Minaker 2, Bechard 2, Vujadinovic 2, Holmes 1, Okeowo 1, Kingsley 1; Lakehead — Ylagan 5, Lluch 3, Grant 3, Reynolds 2, Kajorinne 2, McDonough 1.
Steals: Guelph — Minaker 5, Holmes 3, Vujadinovic 2, Pryce 1, Bechard 1; Lakehead — Grant 3, Reynolds 2, Gruber-Schulz 2, Warwick-Dawkins 2, Ylagan 1, Kajorinne 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Vujadinovic 2, Pryce 1, Holmes 1, Bechard 1, Kokonis 1; Lakehead — Grant 1, Warwick-Dawkins 1.
Turnovers: Guelph — Holmes 4, Minaker 3, Pryce 2, Okeowo 2, Bechard 2, Vujadinovic 2, Kokonis 1; Lakehead — Lluch 3, Grant 3, Ylagan 2, Reynolds 2, Kajorinne 2, Clifford 2, Warwick-Dawkins 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Vujadinovic 5, Okeowo 3, Pryce 2, Minaker 2, Bechard 2, Holmes 1, Kokonis 1; Lakehead — Ylagan 4, Reynolds 4, Kajorinne 4, Grant 3, Lluch 1, McDonough 1, Gruber-Schulz 1, Warwick-Dawkins 1.
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