Gryphon hoops women keep eyes on home playoff game
SAULT STE. MARIE – The Guelph Gryphons kept their hopes of getting a home game in the first round of the OUA women’s basketball playoffs alive with an 84-63 victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds Friday night at Algoma’s George Leach Centre.
The Gryphs, who have a single game to go in their regular season, will finish third in the West Division. To get a home game in the opening round, they have to finish in the top eight overall in the league. The first-place finishers in each of the three divisions along with the second-place finisher with the best record get byes in the opening round. The teams that finish fifth to eighth get home games.
Friday’s win leaves the Gryphs at 13-8 and in a tie for eighth with the McMaster Marauders who also have a game to go. Carleton Ravens and Queen’s Gaels are tied for sixth at 14-7.
The Gryphs have another match with Algoma (6-15) Saturday night at Sault Ste. Marie while McMaster is to play the Ottawa Gee-Gees (18-3) at Ottawa Saturday. Queen’s is to play the Lakehead Voyageurs (8-13) at Thunder Bay and Carleton is to play the Brock Badgers (17-4) at Ottawa.
Friday, the Gryphs dominated the first quarter and then kept their lead around 20 points. Guelph led 32-6 at the end of the first quarter, 49-31 at halftime and 67-43 at the end of the third quarter.
The Gryphs got all 12 of their players into the game. Sarah Holmes led with 16 points while Ivana Vujadinovic had 12 and Reece Mungar added 10. MacKeely Shantz had 10 rebounds while Skyla Minaker had six assists and eight steals.
Dionne Martin had 19 points for Algoma while Sawyer Fischer had 11 and Karly Fracalanza had 10. Fischer also hauled down nine rebounds while Ayaka Nakashima had four assists while Thais Matte had two.
The Thunderbirds actually shot better than the Gryphs in the game, but they just didn’t take as many shots. Algoma shot 45 per cent from the floor while the Gryphs shot 38, but the Gryphs took 29 more shots. They both shot 39 per cent on three-pointers, but Guelph took 31 three-pointers and Algoma took 13 and the 21-point difference on shots from long distance was the Gryphs’ winning margin in the game.
Saturday’s game between the Gryphs and Thunderbirds is to start at 6 p.m.
Gryphons 84 Thunderbirds 63
- Guelph Sports Journal