Gryphon hoops women grab berth in playoffs

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons clinched a berth in the OUA women’s basketball league’s playoffs with a 93-63 victory over the Waterloo Warriors Saturday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.

With the win, the Gryphs will finish in the top six in the West Division and the top six qualify for the playoffs.

After a tight first quarter, the Gryphs pulled away in the second quarter. They led 24-21 at the end of the opening quarter, 47-32 at halftime and 66-48 at the end of the third quarter.

Burke Bechard led the Gryphs with a career-best 27 points while Ivana Vujadinovic netted 19, Modupe Okeowo had 12 and Skyla Minaker and Sarah Holmes added 11 apiece. Bechard also grabbed 13 rebounds and had three steals and two blocks. Minaker and Holmes each had six assists.

Kaitlyn Overeem had a game-high 31 points for Waterloo and she was the only Warrior in double digits in scoring. Overeem also had nine rebounds and two blocks while Ella Mahler and Aphia Ward each had three assists.

The Gryphs outshot Waterloo in each category – 40.5 percent to 31.5 from the floor, 42.3 to 13.3 on three-pointers and 81.8 to 65.2 from the line.

While the Gryphs clinched a playoff berth, they also know they’ll be on the road for their divisional quarter-final as they can finish no higher than fifth. The first- and second-place finishers get byes in the divisional quarter-finals that will see the third- and fourth-place teams host games.

The McMaster Marauders lead the division at 19-3 and are followed by the Lakehead Thunderwolves at 18-4, Windsor Lancers at 14-7, Brock Badgers at 11-11, Gryphs and Laurier Golden Hawks both at 8-14, Western Mustangs at 5-16 and Waterloo and Algoma Thunderbirds both at 5-17.

McMaster and Lakehead will have byes in the divisional quarter-finals while Windsor and Brock will have home games.

The Gryphs have two games to go in their regular season as they’re to play McMaster in Hamilton Wednesday at 6 p.m. and host Laurier Saturday at 1 p.m.

 

Gryphons 93 Warriors 63
Waterloo     21-11-16-15–63
Guelph        24-23-19-27–93
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 40.5; Waterloo 31.5
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 42.3; Waterloo 13.3
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 81.8; Waterloo 65.2
Turnovers: Guelph 11; Waterloo 13
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 18; Waterloo 9
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 12; Waterloo 3
Total Rebounds: Guelph 48; Waterloo 35
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 10; Waterloo 5
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 38; Waterloo 30
Assists: Guelph 23; Waterloo 10
Blocks: Guelph 5; Waterloo 6
Steals: Guelph 7; Waterloo 4
Fouls: Guelph 18; Waterloo 20
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Bechard 27, Vujadinovic 19, Okeowo 12, Minaker 11, Holmes 11, Pryce 4, Kokonis 4, White 3, Kingsley 2; Waterloo — Overeem 31, Ferguson 8, Howlett 6, Sharp 5, Mahler 4, Ward 4, LaMarre 3, Obermayer 2.
Rebounds: Guelph — Bechard 13, Pryce 7, Holmes 7, Okeowo 6, Minaker 5, Vujadinovic 5, Kokonis 3, White 2; Waterloo — Overeem 9, Mahler 7, Obermayer 6, Sharp 6, Ward 4, Goar 2, Howlett 1.
Assists: Guelph — Minaker 6, Holmes 6, Bechard 4, Vujadinovic 3, Kokonis 2, Pryce 1, White 1; Waterloo — Mahler 3, Ward 3, Overeem 1, Obermayer 1, Howlett 1, VanHuuksloot 1.
Steals: Guelph — Bechard 3, Vujadinovic 2, Pryce 1, Kokonis 1; Waterloo — Mahler 2, Obermayer 1, Ward 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Bechard 2, Pryce 1, Okeowo 1, Holmes 1; Waterloo — Overeem 2, Mahler 1, Obermayer 1, Sharp 1, Ward 1.
Turnovers: Guelph — Bechard 3, Minaker 2, Vujadinovic 2, Pryce 1, Okeowo 1, Holmes 1, White 1; Waterloo — Mahler 3, Howlett 2, Ward 2, Overeem 1, Obermayer 1, Sharp 1, Sayles 1, Goar 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Vujadinovic 4, Bechard 3, Pryce 3, Okeowo 2, Minaker 2, Holmes 1, White 1, Kingsley 1, Pulford-Thorpe 1; Waterloo — Mahler 4, Overeem 3, Sharp 3, Ferguson 2, Obermayer 2, Ward 2, Howlett 1, Sayles 1, VanHuuksloot 1, Gore 1.

 

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