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Gryphon hoops women turn up defence for return win

THUNDER BAY – The Guelph Gryphons turned in a big third quarter in their return to OUA women’s basketball play Friday night as they defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 62-55 at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse.

The Gryphs held Lakehead to nine points in the third quarter to extend a four-point lead at halftime to a 14-point lead at the end of the third quarter.


Guelph Gryphons 62 Lakehead 55

The game was the first for the Gryphs since a 75-67 loss at home to the Brock Badgers Nov. 27.

Guelph scored the first seven points of Friday’s game, but a three-pointer by Tiffany Reynolds with seven seconds to go in the opening quarter put Lakehead ahead 18-17 at the end of the quarter.

Burke Bechard’s layup 34 seconds into the second quarter put the Gryphs ahead again and they were never headed after that. Guelph led 33-29 at halftime and 52-38 at the end of the third quarter before the hosts closed the gap by seven points in the final quarter.

The Gryphs shot 38 percent on field goals, 25 percent on three-pointers and 58 percent on free throws. They also scored 32 points in the paint and 24 off turnovers.

Lakehead actually shot better at 39 percent on field goals, 26 percent on three-pointers and 70 percent on free throws. However, the Thunderwolves took fewer shots – six fewer field goal attempts and nine fewer free throws. Lakehead also hit 18 points in the paint and 11 on turnovers.

Gryphon starters Julia Colavecchia, Renee Armstrong and Bechard and Tatjana Boskovic off the bench each had 12 points while Trinity Papamandjaris and Skyla MInaker (in four minutes of court time) each had six and Lucy Tesseyman scored the other two.

Papamandjaris had six rebounds, five assists and five steals while Bechard had six rebounds, two blocks and four assists and Colavecchia had five rebounds and five steals. Armstrong also had five rebounds.

Ally Burke, Tiffany Reynolds and Eva Guilera each had 10 points for Lakehead. Reynolds also had six rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

The teams are to meet again Saturday at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse. Game time is 6 p.m.

Then the Gryphs get 13 more days away from league play before hosting the Algoma Thunderbirds on back-to-back days (Feb. 25 and 26) at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.

 

Standings

WEST

 

W

L

P

Brock

7

0

14

Western

6

1

12

McMaster

6

1

12

Guelph

4

3

8

Waterloo

3

3

6

Laurier

3

4

6

Windsor

2

5

4

Lakehead

1

8

2

Algoma

0

7

0

EAST

Ryerson

7

0

14

Ottawa

6

1

12

Carleton

5

2

10

Queen’s

4

2

8

Laurentian

4

3

8

York

3

4

6

Ontario Tech

1

7

2

Toronto

0

5

0

Nipissing

0

7

0

 

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