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First-place women’s basketball wins seventh straight

Saturday January 30, 2016
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Erica Roberts

This weekend’s double-header closed with the uOttawa women’s basketball team (11-1) rolling over the York University Lions (2-10) by an 82-52 score. The win is no. 9 ranked Ottawa’s seventh straight, including two exhibition victories in December. 

The Lions came out hot-handed with a 5-0 run, their first and only lead of the game against the Gee-Gees. Julia Soriano, guard for the Gee-Gees, hit back-to-back treys to fight off the Lions lead in the first. Five-foot-two Soriano led the team in rebounds snatching eight off the glass and finished with 10 points, 3 steals and 3 assists. But what ultimately held the Lions down was Ottawa’s defence.

“Defence is something we always fall back on,” notes Soriano “It’s what gets us going.”

Five shot clock violations were committed by York, showcasing the Gee-Gees strong team defence not to mention the eight second call in the back court forced by Ottawa’s full court press. More on the defensive end, Kellie Forand, third-year guard, also drew two charges to give the Gee-Gees a hard-earned possession of the basketball.

Ottawa controlled the tempo and pace from the second quarter on, especially in the paint. Six-foot-two forward Katherine Lemoine dominated the play in the key with strong post moves, laying in 15 points, the game high, to add to the Gee-Gees final tally. 

Coming off the bench for York, Haley Bowie, a second-year point guard, led the Lions attack with 12 points and 4 rebounds. As well,  fourth-year veteran Ishanaa Seupersadsingh was effective with her own 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. 

The Gee-Gees head into the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic with the best record in the OUA.