St. George Team A gets revenge on UTM by capitalizing on a defensive collapse in the second half of a womens tri-campus basketball game.
On January 17, St George A lost a nail-biter to UTM on their home court, with a score of 48-47. Last week, UTM had a chance to make it two in a row and obtain their second win of the season.
Last weeks game saw UTM compete neck and neck with St George before a second half collapse saw St. George steal a victory. UTM’s struggles continued on Sunday, when St George A beat UTM 50-38. UTM dropped to last place in the standings, while St George A secured first place with the victory.
UTM appeared to have control at the beginning of the game, maintaining a lead for the first seven minutes. Although St. George was down by two points, the scoring chances were even for both teams. St George A picked up the pace after a timeout. St George As #15 quarterbacked the offensive plans, charged through UTMs defence with a crossover before finishing with an uncontested layup. St. George A took their first lead of the game at a score of 9-8. UTM followed with a timeout, and would eventually tie the game at ten midway through the first half. The two teams exchanged points. Both teams played a solid passing game, finding the open player to pot a couple points.
After a questionable foul, UTM went down 19-18 after the first half.
The second half began with St. George As #15 making a beautiful steal in the defensive zone, carrying it down court and finishing with an unchallenged three-pointer to give her team a 24-20 lead over UTM. Problems continued for UTM as turnovers resulted in points for St. George A, who built a seven-point lead before the halfway mark of the second half.
After a timeout, UTM managed to rally back to within two points at a score of 30-28, and tied the game 30 seconds later. However, UTM was unable to sustain momentum, and St. George A took the lead at a score of 38-35 with eight minutes left on the clock. This resulted in St. George A tightening up their defence, boosting their transition game and limiting UTM to few offensive chances. St. George forced turnovers and UTM was unable to counteract their aggressive game plan. UTM collapsed and found themselves on the wrong end of a 12-3 run in the final eight minutes of the game. St. George A sealed the victory by maintaining possession for the final minute in the offensive zone.
Once again, fan support for the UTM squad was limited, with St. George A having more fan support despite playing away from their home court.
With only one win in their four games, UTM ranks last in the standings with two points. UTM hopes to change that when it hosts St George B at the RAWC on February 7. With a win against St George B, UTM could move into a three-way tie for second place in the standings.