Gryphs dumped by Ryerson, but they clinch playoff berth

GUELPH – Despite being schooled by the fourth-ranked Ryerson Rams, the Guelph Gryphons clinched a playoff berth in the OUA women’s basketball league Wednesday night.

The Gryphs started stone cold and were limited to five points in the opening quarter in an 87-55 loss at the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre.

The Gryphs trailed 25-5 at the end of the first quarter, 38-26 at halftime and 61-38 at the end of the third quarter.

The Gryphs were off on the night as they shot 25 per cent from the floor, 12.5 per cent on three-pointers – they sank three – and 70 per cent on free throws. By comparison, Ryerson shot 51 per cent from the floor, 44 per cent of three-pointers and 78 per cent on free throws although they only took nine. The Gryphs took 23.

MacKeely Shantz led the Gryphs with 13 points while Reece Mungar and Sarah Holmes had 11 apiece. Shantz and Burke Bechard each had six rebounds while Skyla Minaker had three assists and four steals.

The Rams had five players in double digits in scoring as Marin Scotten had 25, Rachel Farwell 17, Stefanija Mrvaljevic and Taite Cleland 14 apiece and Hayley Robertson 10. Bronwyn Williams dominated the boards with 16 rebounds and she also had two blocks while Robertson had 10 assists.

Ryerson improved to 14-4 with the win while the Gryphs fell to 11-7.

However, a 75-53 loss by the Laurier Golden Hawks to the McMaster Marauders Wednesday means the Gryphs will finish third in the West Division and the top three in each of the three divisions qualify for the playoffs. Laurier can finish in a tie with the Gryphs, but Guelph will win the tie-breaker thanks to outscoring Laurier 125-111 in their two regular-season meetings. The Gryphs and Golden Hawks split those games.

If the Gryphs sweep the final three games of their regular season, they could host a first-round playoff match. Top three in each division plus the three teams with the next best records qualify for the playoffs. The division winners plus the team with the best record of the other playoff qualifiers get byes in the first round. Of the teams that play first-round games, the four with the best records will get home games.

Western Mustangs lead the West at 16-3 and are followed by the Windsor Lancers at 14-4, Guelph, Laurier at 9-11, Algoma Thunderbirds at 5-13 and Waterloo Warriors at 3-15. The Gryphs can tie Windsor, but will lose the tie-breaker as they were swept by the Lancers.

The Gryphs have three games to play in their regular season. They’re to host the Toronto Varsity Blues (sixth in Central Division at 3-15) Sunday at 1 p.m. at the GGAC and play Algoma at Sault Ste. Marie Feb. 14 and 15 at 6 p.m. both days.

 

Rams 87 Gryphons 55
Ryerson     25-13-23-26–87
Guelph         5-21-12-17–55
 
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