Ontario Tech women make school hoops history

Hadeza Ismaila (16) celebrates as Ontario Tech won its first Ontario University Athletics basketball game, 77-70 over Waterloo Feb. 1. Photo credit: Allan Fournier

The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks’ women’s basketball team has its historic first win. It came by a 77-70 margin over the Waterloo Warriors Feb. 1.

“They are very deserving of tonight’s win and I’m very proud of them. The first win is always the hardest, but now we’re looking forward to building on this win in the near future,” says head coach Christa Eniojukan.

The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks are all smiles after winning the first game in school history. Photo credit: Allan Fournier

This is Ontario Tech’s first year of competition in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA). The win over the 3-15 Warriors marks Eniojukan’s first OUA coaching victory.

Before coaching for the Ridgebacks, she was Ontario Basketball’s U17 Team Ontario’s head coach from 2014 to 2017.

Before this historic win, the Ridgebacks were 0-20. Ontario Tech athlete of the week Hadeza Ismaila and Dalyssa Fleurgin had 18 points each.

The Ridgebacks were down 36-30 at halftime, but thanks to Ismaila and Fleurgin, who each had five points in the fourth quarter, the team made its way to victory.

“We knew the first win would come, especially after coming close a few times,” athletic director Scott Barker says. “I’m proud of their accomplishment and am excited to see their success continue moving forward.”

The Ridgebacks have the chance to make their first win into a winning streak with their final weekend home games this Friday and Saturday night. The games are against Nipissing Lakers (3-15) and the Laurentian Voyageurs (2-16) and they both begin with tip-off at 6 p.m.