Women’s basketball (7-2 OUA)
Visited Laurentian (2-7 OUA) on Friday, January 6, 2012, at the Ben Avery Gym in Sudbury, Ont.
uOttawa top scorers: Kellie Ring, 12 points; Jenna Gilbert, 11 points; Maddie Stephen, 8 points, 10 rebounds
The Gee-Gees move to 7-2 in the regular season after defeating the Laurentian Voyageurs by a score of 67-32 on Friday night in Sudbury. Coach Sparks balanced the players’ minutes throughout the game, which should help to increase the depth of the team going later into the season.
The first half was a low-scoring affair until the Gee-Gees had a last minute flourish of points. Tatiana Hanlan (Gatineau, Que.) sank a three-ball out of a timeout with about a minute remaining. Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) then picked off a pass attempt at centre court and took the ball to the hoop to give the Gee-Gees a 28-14 lead at half.
“We didn’t get the start that we wanted. We struggled to recognize their defense and didn’t get good shots. Once we settled down and found the open man, we were much better," explained Sparks.
The Gee-Gee defensive pressure continued in third quarter, using double teams at half court and below the rim to create numerous turnovers and severely limit the Voyageurs control. Kellie Ring was able to spark the offense by taking advantage of opportunities to drive one-on-one from the top of the key. Ottawa shot a much higher percentage in the second half (51.7 per cent compared to 32.4 per cent in the first half), allowing them to build their lead.
Maddie Stephen (Toronto, Ont.) made the most of her floor time – she was an active presence on defense and collected 8 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Sparks was quick with the praise for his second line after the game. “They’re very talented players and we needed to get them some court time. Kudos to them tonight, it’s a huge to be able to rely on them stepping in for the rest of the season.”
The Gee-Gees are next in action Saturday night at York. The game is slated for 6:00 p.m. and will be available on SSN Canada.