The pre-season continued for the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team this weekend with a pair of contests in Ottawa against Queen’s and McGill. The Gee-Gees started off on a high note with a 58-51 win over Queen’s before taking a double-overtime loss to McGill, 83-82.
“We had a good weekend, we played two teams that are considered to be top 10,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks.
Against the Gaels, Ottawa led throughout. The Gee-Gees had a strong first half against McGill with offensive leadership from fourth-year guard Sarah Besselink. The Kingston, Ont. product drained five of seven from long distance and finished with 26 points.
Coach Sparks also highlighted fifth-year point guard Julia Soriano as a reliable source for the team. As the game extended into extra periods, Soriano played 47 minutes and totalled ten rebounds along with five assists and nine points.
McGill dominated the fourth quarter to push the game into overtime. Coach Sparks said, “we had a bad turnover in the front court, and we missed two or three lay-ups that were key.”
Fifth-year post Katherine Lemoine sat out the McGill game due to injury. The team graduated three senior players and is working on those key spots leading up to the regular season.
“We played a good team, we played them close and we are not far away,” said Sparks of the McGill game. “We’ll just keep going through the pre-season and try to get better.”
The Gee-Gees have one more exhibition game on Saturday, November 5 against UQAM at home at 6 p.m. before the regular season starts November 19.