Gryphon hoops women attempt comeback, but fall short

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons fell too far behind in the first half to recover as they dropped a 64-60 decision to the 12th-ranked Western Mustangs in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.

The Gryphs were held to eight points in the second quarter as they trailed Western 32-19 at halftime.

The hosts did make a run in the second half and did get the gap down to three points (42-39) by the end of the third quarter, but they couldn’t get it any closer.

The Gryphs shot 22 percent from the floor in the first half and 40 percent in the second half.

Overall, the Gryphs shot 32 percent from the floor, 17 per cent from beyond the arc and 83 percent on free throws. Western was 33 percent from the floor, 29 percent from long range and 80 percent on free throws.

Modupe Okeowo led the Gryphs with 20 points, most coming from under the basket, while Burke Bechard had 11 and MacKeely Shantz netted eight. Shantz grabbed 13 rebounds while Minaker had four steals and Ashleigh Wheeler had four assists and two blocks. Bechard also had four assists.

Elizabeth Leblanc hit for 18 points for Western while Maddy Horst had 15 and Emma Johnson collected 11. Leblanc also had seven rebounds and two blocks while Horst had five assists.

The Gryphs end the 2019 portion of their league schedule at .500 with five wins and five losses. They’re fourth in the West Division while Western’s first in the West at 11-1.

The Gryphs are to play an exhibition match against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Dec. 21 at South Bend, Ind., and are to return to league play with a match against the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks (sixth in the East at 0-10) at Oshawa Jan. 8.


Mustangs 64 Gryphons 60
Western     19-13-10-22–64
Guelph         11-8-20-21—60
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