Gryphon hoops women fall to Western with 4th-quarter fade

LONDON – The Guelph Gryphons faded in the fourth quarter as they suffered a 64-58 loss to the Western Mustangs in OUA women’s basketball play Wednesday night at Western’s Alumni Hall.

The Gryphs were scoreless for a period of almost eight minutes while the Mustangs scored 17 points during that stretch.

Hannah Pryce hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds to go in the third quarter to put the Gryphs up 49-42. Next basket for Guelph came with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter when Brooke Bechard drained a three-pointer to cut Western’s lead to 59-52.

Western had led 19-14 at the end of the first quarter before the Gryphs held a slim 28-27 lead at halftime and a 49-45 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

Bechard finished with 20 points for the Gryphs while Megan Benkel had 12, Skyla Minaker nine and Pryce seven. Bechard also hauled down 10 rebounds and had two assists, two steals and a block. Ashley Wheeler had eight rebounds and Minaker had three assists and two steals.

Mackenzie Puklicz hit for 18 points for Western and was followed by Julia Curran with 16, Maddy Horst with 13 and Deborah Kamba with eight. Kamba grabbed 13 rebounds while Puklicz had nine and Curran had eight and four blocks.

Western shot 47 per cent on free throws as the Mustangs hit eight of 17. The Gryphs shot 40 per cent on foul shots, hitting two of the five they were awarded.

The loss left the Gryphs at 5-9 while Western improved to 8-7 with the win. The Gryphs are to host the Brock Badgers (5-8) Friday at 6 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

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