Gryphon hoops women top Gee-Gees for openers
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons opened their OUA women’s basketball regular season with a 57-49 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees Friday night at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
The Gryphs grabbed the lead with two minutes to go in the first quarter and held it the rest of the way, despite being held to 21 points in the second half. Ottawa scored 22 after halftime.
The Gryphs led 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, 36-27 at halftime and 44-40 after the third quarter.
Renee Armstrong led the Gryphs with 17 points while Julia Colavecchia and Trinity Papamandjaris each had 10. Papamandjaris hauled down 18 rebounds while Lucy Tesseyman grabbed nine. Armstrong had three assists and two blocks while Colavecchia had four steals.
Ariane Saumure and Emily Payne each had 11 points for Ottawa while Victoria Brideau had seven rebounds and Saumure also had four assists and Natsuki Szczokin had six steals.
The Gryphs shot 31 percent on field goals, 24 percent on three-pointers and 58 percent on free throws. They also scored 32 points in the paint, 25 off turnovers and 15 on second chances and received nine from their bench.
The Gee-Gees shot 22 percent on field goals, 20 percent on three-pointers and 68 percent on free throws and scored 16 points in the paint, 14 off turnovers and one on a second chance. Ottawa’s bench accounted for 13 points.
The Gryphs are to host the reigning national champion Carleton Ravens Saturday at 6 p.m. at the GGAC in Carleton’s season opener.
- Guelph Sports Journal