Montpetit Hall will be the place to be this weekend as the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team returns home fresh off a 3-1 road trip. The squad will look to wrap up their 2014 schedule with two ticks in the win column when they host the Ryerson Rams and University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Leading off arguably the best doubleheader in the OUA on Friday will be the Gee-Gee women taking on the CIS no. 8 Ryerson Rams. The Rams are 5-1 and sit atop the OUA East division. Their only loss came to CIS no. 1 and defending national champions, Windsor, by a four-point margin. Not only do the Rams possess a dangerous offence, they’ve also been solid on defence, allowing a conference-low 51 points per game. They’re second only to the Gee-Gees this season in total offensive points. Ryerson has defended the three-ball better than any other OUA team - something the Gee-Gees have relied on - allowing an average of just 20 per cent from three. Head coach Andy Sparks knows this might be their toughest test so far this season. “We expect two great games on the weekend,” he says “Hopefully the shooting comes around but if not, we'll have to pick it up on the defensive end of the floor. Both teams are good offensively and I would expect both games to take on an offensive style." At 4-2, the Gee-Gees lead the OUA North by a game over cross-town rival Carleton. Coming off last weekend, uOttawa had an impressive four-game winning streak halted by Laurier on Saturday in a 10-point win. Shooting well below their average of 45 per cent in the four wins, the Gee-Gees’ shooting was key to their downfall against Laurier as they shot 34 per cent and 26 per cent from beyond the arc. Saturday’s matchup features a fellow 4-2 team, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues who are looking to catch Ryerson in the standings, sitting two points behind them. Despite their strong record, they don’t match up well with the Gee-Gees shooting ability. Toronto is 12th in the OUA in field goal percentage and 16th in three-point field goal percentage. Indeed their two losses came against two of the OUA’s best in Windsor and Laurier, but their four wins have come against teams with a combined record of 5-16. The Gee-Gees will also look to break the two game head-to-head winning streak Toronto has on them. After this game, uOttawa is off until January 9 when they take on Carleton at home. Don’t wait to get your tickets for this weekend. You can purchase them online in advance. If you can’t make it out, tune into OUA.tv for all the action starting at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
Wednesday November 26, 2014