Gryphon hoops women push Windsor aside

WINDSOR – The Guelph Gryphons put in a big effort in the middle quarters to record a 62-59 victory over the Windsor Lancers in OUA women’s basketball first-round playoff match Wednesday night at Windsor’s St. Denis Centre.

The Gryphs outscored the Lancers 41-26 in the second and third quarters combined.

Windsor led 14-10 at the end of the opening quarter before the Gryphs shot ahead 34-29 by halftime. They stretched that lead to 51-40 by the end of the third quarter, then held the Lancers off in the final quarter.

The Lancers had a lead of five points in the opening minute of the second quarter for their largest lead of the match while the Gryphs had their largest lead of 14 points late in the third quarter.

Windsor got the gap down to two points with 1:04 to go, but missed three shots in the final minute when the only basket scored was on a free throw by Guelph’s Burke Bechard.

Bechard led the Gryphs with 20 points while Ivana Vujadinovic had 12, Sarah Holmes 11 and Skyla Minaker 10. Bechard also had 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals while Minaker had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Olivia Osamusali collected 13 points for Windsor and Kayah Clarke and Samantha Gucciardi netted 12 apiece. Osamusali had nine rebounds and two blocks while Eve Uwayesu had six assists and three steals.

The Gryphs had finished sixth in the West Division at the completion of the regular season with a 9-15 record while Windsor was third at 17-7. However, the Gryphs and Windsor had split their two regular-season meetings and Guelph had also beaten the Lancers in the preseason.

Guelph advances to play the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the league’s quarter-finals at Thunder Bay Saturday at 7 p.m.

Lakehead finished second in the West Division at 20-4 and had beaten the Gryphs twice (Jan. 4 and 5 in Thunder Bay) to start the 2019 portion of the regular season. Lakehead won 67-66 and 76-64.

Those losses came in a stretch that saw the Gryphs drop 10 of 11 games. However, they rebounded from that slump to post four wins in their final six games of the regular season.

Winner of Saturday’s game gets a berth in the OUA semifinals. If it’s the Gryphs, they’ll be on the road to play either the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Carleton Ravens or Ryerson Rams.

 

Gryphons 62 Lancers 59
Guelph      10-24-17-11–62
Windsor     14-15-11-19–59
TEAM STATS
Field-Goal Percentage: Guelph 37.5; Windsor 38.7
Three-Point Percentage: Guelph 23.8; Windsor 17.6
Free-Throw Percentage: Guelph 42.9; Windsor 72.7
Turnovers: Guelph 14; Windsor 17
Points off Turnovers: Guelph 15; Windsor 11
Second-Chance Points: Guelph 8; Windsor 8
Total Rebounds: Guelph 36; Windsor 34
Offensive Rebounds: Guelph 10; Windsor 9
Defensive Rebounds: Guelph 26; Windsor 25
Assists: Guelph 12; Windsor 15
Blocks: Guelph 1; Windsor 2
Steals: Guelph 10; Windsor 7
Fouls: Guelph 16; Windsor 18
INDIVIDUAL STATS
Points: Guelph — Bechard 20, Vujadinovic 12, Holmes 11, Minaker 10, Pryce 6, Kokonis 2, Okeowo 1; Windsor — Osamusali 13, Clarke 12, Gucciardi 12, Uwayesu 9, Blizzard 8, Anagnostopoulos 5.
Rebounds: Guelph — Bechard 10, Holmes 9, Minaker 8, Kokonis 3, Vujadinovic 2, Pryce 2, Okeowo 1, White 1; Windsor — Osamusali 9, Uwayesu 8, Clarke 4, Steer 4, Gucciardi 4, Anagnostopoulos 2, Blizzard 1, Milani 1, Kenny 1.
Assists: Guelph — Bechard 5, Minaker 4, Vujadinovic 1, Holmes 1, Okeowo 1; Windsor — Uwayesu 6, Clarke 3, Steer 3, Anagnostopoulos 1, Blizzard 1, Milani 1.
Steals: Guelph — Minaker 4, Bechard 3, Holmes 2, Pryce 1; Windsor — Uwayesu 3, Clarke 1, Osamusali 1, Anagnostopoulos 1, Steer 1.
Blocks: Guelph — Bechard 1; Windsor — Osamusali 2.
Turnovers: Guelph — Bechard 5, Okeowo 2, Pryce 2, Kokonis 2, Minaker 1; Windsor — Gucciardi 5, Uwayesu 4, Anagnostopoulos 3, Osamusali 2, Blizzard 2, Steer 1.
Fouls: Guelph — Kokonis 4, Okeowo 3, Bechard 3, Vujadinovic 2, Minaker 2, Pryce 2; Windsor — Osamusali 4, Anagnostopoulos 4, Steer 4, Uwayesu 3, Clarke 1, Blizzard 1, Milani 1.

 

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