UQAM at Ottawa
Saturday, November 5
uOttawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team will finish their preseason on Saturday against Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) at home. The Gee-Gees have a preseason record of 7-5 after facing Queen’s and McGill over the weekend.
The Gee-Gees had a strong performance against Queen’s winning 58-51. “The team did well in taking advantage of the mismatches we created on the court. There was a lot of leadership on the offensive side and we got the ball where we needed to be,” explains fifth-year guard Julia Soriano.
The second game of the weekend saw uOttawa battle McGill to an exciting double overtime finish, with final score 83-82 for McGill. “We had many opportunities to win that game but unfortunately we were unable to follow through” says Soriano. The Gee-Gees hope to improve upon their free throw percentage and time and situation plays moving forward.
uOttawa looks maintain their strong defence and capitalize on their speed in offensive transition against the UQAM Citadins. uOttawa and UQAM split last year’s preseason games, each taking a game apiece. UQAM is 5-2 in their preseason this year. The Citadins play a “very tough brand of basketball,” notes head coach Andy Sparks.
The Gee-Gees look to minimize the impact of UQAM’s key players, high scoring Quételine Célestin, and perimeter attacking player, Julia Loubin, both veterans. Loubin was awarded player of the year in 2015-2016 season in the RSEQ. “We want to push the break, push the transition, but also defensively be able to compensate our lack of bigger post players,” said fourth-year guard, Kellie Forand.
The Gee-Gees are coming to the end of a tough preseason run against nine of the top fifteen teams in the country. The team will look towards veterans Melina Wishart, Kellie Forand, Julia Soriano, Sarah Besselink and Katherine Lemoine to lead the team this season. “We have a lot of depth in our team this year, and that really showed throughout our entire preseason. We had different people stepping up every game and that shows how so many people can contribute to our team’s success. Moving forward we know that is going to be a huge asset,” says Forand.
“We have shown improvements each game in the last couple of weeks. It’s really just getting it together now,” adds Sparks.
The regular season begins on the road November 19.