Thunderbird Women Earn First OUA Win of Season in Oshawa Over the Ridgebacks

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On Friday, December 1, the Algoma OUA Thunderbirds traveled to Oshawa to face the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks.

The women’s team took the lead in the first quarter of the game, but it was in the third quarter where the team was able to really rack up some points. The team celebrated the first win of the season, with a final score of 64-56. Top scorer of the game was Rhianna-Mae Laing with 17 points.

This will also be the first win for new head coach Katie Hamilton, who is currently coaching her first season with us. This is also the team’s first win since 2022 against Lakehead.

The men’s team improved throughout their game, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the first quarter. Ontario Tech took the win with a final score of 94-83. Taleh Wade was the top scorer of the game with 15 points.

The teams then made their way to Queen’s University for Saturday, December 2nd game.

The women’s team had a tough second half of the game, with Queens taking the win with a final score of 69-36. Top scorer of the game was Rhianna-Mae Laing once again with 11 points.

The men’s team had a good third quarter, but Queens ultimately took the win with a score of 100-67. Patrick-Oliver Mpoyi was the top scorer of the game with 16 points.

Algoma women’s coach Katie Hamilton told Saultsports that “the girls have been working extremely hard and putting in the effort, so it was nice to see them get rewarded with a win. I think we’ve had some small victories over the course of the season with a great quarter or half, but to come out with a win was huge for us. They stuck to the game plan for forty minutes. Our goal was to own the paint on both sides of the court and I think we did that for the first time this season. It was nice to see Rhi have a game like that. She’s had so many ups and downs, she really deserved every second of the success she saw in that game. Overall, I was very proud of their ability to execute what we had talked about and prepped for all week leading up to that game. Sticking with it made the difference.”


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