Women’s basketball (1-1 playoffs)
In Toronto for the OUA East Division Final Four against Carleton (1-0 playoffs) on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 4:00 p.m. for an OUA Quarterfinal playoff game.
uOttawa: Jenna Gilbert 19 pts, 9 reb; Katye Chase 10 pts, 3 reb, 4 assists
Carleton: Alyson Bush 20 pts, 7 reb, 7 assists
The uOttawa Gee-Gees were in Toronto for the OUA East Final Four, and took on their arch rival, the Carleton Ravens, in the OUA East Semifinal Saturday evening. After splitting their regular season series, it was the Ravens who would exact the final revenge on the Gee-Gees for last year’s OUA East Final loss with a 65-51 win and advance to tomorrow’s OUA East Final.
It was a very intense game with these two teams facing off for the third time in less than month, and for a second time in less than a week. The Gee-Gees came out very strong in the first half, and held an early lead 20-13 after the first. However the OUA No.1 Ravens would regain their form, and storm back in the second quarter to take a 35-31 lead at half time.
The third quarter was tough for the garnet and grey as they witnessed the Ravens stretch their lead by as much as ten points at one point. Still, the Gee-Gees refused to give in as they chipped away at Carleton’s lead to finish the quarter at 48-44 in favor of the Ravens.
And as expected when these two teams meet, this one would come down to the wire. Unfortunately the Gee-Gees could not pull ahead in the final minutes as Carleton would outscore the Gee-Gees 17-7 down the stretch, and go on to win 65-51.
Third-year forward Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa, Ont., led the charge for the Gee-Gees with 10 first-quarter points, and finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Head coach Andy Sparks conceded that Carleton was the better team on this day as they did a good job in taking Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., out of the game, and making the Gee-Gees pay for their 13 turnovers from the guard position.
While there is some obvious disappointment in the loss, Sparks believes his team can come out with a better effort tomorrow against Ryerson.
The Gee-Gees will now battle for third spot in the OUA East tomorrow as they take on Ryerson. They must win tomorrow in order to keep their CIS championship hopes alive.
In Toronto, Ont., for the OUA East Final Four against Ryerson (1-1 playoffs) on Sunday, February 27, 2011, 3:00 p.m. for an OUA playoff game.