The uOttawa women’s basketball team (5-0) will host two quality opponents from the OUA West this weekend, facing the Windsor Lancers (4-1) on Friday night and the Western Mustangs (3-2) on Saturday.
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It will be Ottawa’s first opportunity to go up against a ranked opponent in the regular season, with Windsor sitting in the no. 9 position this week. The Gee-Gees have faced opponents with a combined 10-20 record so far this season, and are ready to show what they can do against the next level of competition.
The garnet and grey had a very impressive 79-43 win in London last season, but have not taken down Windsor since 2012 in the OUA Championship. The Lancers have shown signs of being vulnerable this season, losing to Western 64-60 two weeks ago during the regular season and to Concordia and St. Mary’s during preseason.
Still, Windsor leads the CIS with an average of 84.8 points per game. The Lancers have been particularly effective down low with aggressive offensive rebounding and a determination to get to the foul line. The Lancers are second in the nation in offensive rebounds and first in free throws attempted, making an average of 26 trips to the line. Ottawa has been strong in these categories as well, ranking fourth and fifth nationally, so these areas will be key in determining the outcome.
Western began the season on a high note but will arrive in Ottawa on a two-game skid after losses at home to Ryerson and Toronto. The Mustangs have also been prolific on the offensive end, scoring 77.4 points per game to rank fourth in the CIS.
Ottawa’s defence will be the focus. Standout players for the visitors are Windsor’s fourth-year Andrea Kiss, a six-foot-one forward averaging 16.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, and Western’s Mackenzie Puklicz, a third-year guard who has put up an OUA-best 20.8 points per game. Puklicz takes nearly 20 shots per game, and shoots 35 per cent from long range.
All OUA regular season basketball games are webcast on OUA.tv.