Gryphon women jump ahead early in win over Windsor
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons grabbed a 10-point lead in the first quarter and then withstood a final-quarter rally by the Windsor Lancers to register a 68-61 win in OUA women’s basketball play Saturday at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
The Gryphs, who never trailed after the opening minute of the game, led 22-12 at the end of the first quarter, 43-33 at halftime and 56-44 after the third quarter.
The Lancers did get the gap down to four points on a layup by Mya Iriah with 1:42 to go, but that would end up being Windsor’s final bucket of the game.
Renee Armstrong led the Gryphs with 32 points while Julia Colavecchia had 16 and Hannah Bourdon added 11. Armstrong also had eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks while Bourdon also had 11 rebounds and three steals. Alexis Wright had four assists and Colavecchia had three steals.
Mariame Dehkissia had 16 points for Windsor while Julia Chiarot had 12. Kali Grootenboer had eight rebounds while Grace Koffi had five assists, Reine Ndome had three steals and Dehkissia had two blocks.
The Gryphs shot 33 percent on field goals, 17 percent (5 of 30) on three-pointers and 79 percent on free throws. They also had 41 rebounds, 14 assists, 17 turnovers, 22 points off turnovers, 10 second-chance points, 30 points in the paint, four on fast breaks and seven from their bench.
The Lancers shot 41 percent on field goals, 38 percent on three-pointers and 62 percent on free throws and also had 31 rebounds, 12 assists, 25 turnovers, 13 points off turnovers, six second-chance points, 26 points in the paint, none on fast breaks and 19 from their bench.
The Gryphs lead the West Division at 8-4, but have played more games than any other team in the six-team division. Laurier Golden Hawks and Waterloo Warriors are tied for second at 7-4 while Windsor is fourth at 5-5.
The game was the first of three consecutive home games for the Gryphs as they’re to host the Lakehead Thunderwolves (fourth in Central Division at 4-8) Friday at 6 p.m. at the GGAC and Brock Badgers (second in Central Division at 7-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. at the GGAC.
- Guelph Sports Journal