Gryphon hoops women get stingy in victory over Waterloo
WATERLOO – While the Guelph Gryphons got off to another fast start, it was their defensive play in the second half that helped them down the Waterloo Warriors 69-55 in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday at Waterloo’s Physical Activities Complex.
The Gryphs netted 27 points in the first quarter and held Waterloo to 17 in the second half.
Guelph led 27-19 at the end of the opening quarter, 42-38 at halftime and 53-48 at the end of the third quarter.
Waterloo shot 48 per cent from the floor and 42 per cent on three-pointers in the first half, but those percentages fell to 25 from the floor and 29 on three-pointers in the second half.
In the first half the Gryphs had 15 rebounds, 12 steals and two blocks while they had 21 rebounds, 11 steals and six blocks in the second half.
Burke Bechard led the Gryphs with 20 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks while Skyla Minaker had 17 points, six assists and seven steals. Sarah Holmes collected 13 points.
Vanessa Hughes and Beth Howlett each had 13 points for Waterloo and Guelph native Sydney Wilson had nine. Viktoria Cubelic grabbed eight rebounds, Wilson had three assists and Azaliah Colquhoun and Howlett each had three steals.
The win was the second in a row for the Gryphs who are third in the West Division at 7-5. Waterloo is fifth at 3-10.
The Gryphs are to host the Laurier Golden Hawks (fourth in West at 6-8) Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.
Gryphons 69 Warriors 55
- Guelph Sports Journal