Gryphon hoops women clout Waterloo to end losing streak
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons put an end to their three-game losing streak as they crushed the Waterloo Warriors 77-49 in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
The Gryphs grabbed the lead for good midway through the first quarter and built on it in the second quarter when they held Waterloo to six points in the quarter. The hosts put the game out of reach in the third quarter, extending their lead to 31 points in the final minute of the quarter.
Guelph led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, 33-18 at halftime and 59-29 at the end of the third quarter.
The locals hit 40 per cent from the floor and both teams were 2-of-18 on three-pointers. The Gryphs pulled down 47 rebounds, 12 more than Waterloo, and they also turned Waterloo’s 21 turnovers (Guelph had 10) into 34 points.
Sarah Holmes led the Gryphs with 16 points while Skyla Minaker had 15, Modupe Okeowo 11 and Ashley Wheeler 10. Wheeler and Minaker each had eight rebounds and Minaker also had five steals.
Vanessa Hughes and Meghan Sharp each had eight points for Waterloo while Sharp had eight rebounds and four steals and Hughes had six assists.
The win lifts the Gryphs to 5-3 while Waterloo falls to 1-8. The Gryphs are fourth in the West Division behind the Western Mustangs (9-1), Windsor Lancers (9-1) and Laurier Golden Hawks (6-4).
The Gryphs have two games left on the 2019 portion of their league schedule as they’re to play the Lancers in Windsor Wednesday (6 p.m. game time) and host Western Saturday at 1 p.m. at the GGAC.
Gryphons 77 Warriors 49
- Guelph Sports Journal