The last day of play before the OUA holiday break saw a great opportunity for the Laurentian Voyageurs (1–8) to get out of the OUA East basement and take some positive memories into the break.
But the York Lions (4–5) had other plans. They beat the Voyageurs 62–49 at Ben Avery Gym on Saturday.
Despite the Voyageurs' valient effort, having the lead scorer (guard Kate Goggins, with 20 points) and rebounder (forward Lisa Furchner, with 17), scoring was largely imbalanced. Seven Voyageurs scored two or fewer points, and four did not score a point.
The Vees had a hard time getting into much of an offensive rhythm. A 36–25 first half and a six-point third frame made their fate for this game. They shot 28 per cent overall and 18 per cent from the three-point line.
The Lions, despite being outrebounded 48–33, stole the ball 10 times. Scoring was fairly spread across the Lions’ roster, with Emily Perras leading the way with 19. If the north Toronto squad has anything to learn from this game, they will have to look at their scoring opportunities. They made one free throw for the entire game and scored 12 points in garbage time.
Should the Lions worry about their bench production? Not yet, because their January schedule is a winnable one. They go to Kingston the weekend of Jan. 7 for the Gaels and Paladins,, and return home to face the Blues and Rams the next weekend.
The Lions now sit in fourth in the East, behind the Blues (7–2) and the Ravens (6–2). The Voyageurs, tied for last with the Paladins, get back to action against the Gaels and Paladins the weekend of Jan. 7.