Women’s basketball (9-7 OUA)
Hosted Carleton Ravens (12-4 OUA) Wednesday, January 27, 6:00 p.m. for the fourth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Game at Scotiabank Place (SSN Canada, Rogers)
uOttawa 24 40
Carleton 18 53
Hannah Sunley-Paisley 13 points, 11 rebounds – uOttawa
Courtney Smith 15 points, 3 rebounds – Carleton
The stands were packed and the crowd painted in garnet and red as Scotiabank Place set the stage for the fourth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic Wednesday evening with the uOttawa Gee-Gees hosting the Carleton Ravens.
Unfortunately red was the dominating colour, overpowering the Gee-Gees 53-40.
Both teams proved to be equally skilled in the first quarter, with the Gee-Gees ahead by two points going into the second, 10-8.
The Ravens began to soar in the second quarter, executing a nine point run to secure a lead. The Gee-Gees returned with two of their own and continued to challenge Carleton, but the Ravens remained in the lead 24-18 going into halftime.
The intensity of the game continued to grow in the second half, as both teams felt the pressure of the Ravens 10 point advantage. Carleton’s fourth-year guard Courtney Smith (Ottawa, ON) scored a three pointer with two seconds left in the third quarter to increase their lead to 41-25.
Carleton kept the momentum rolling in the fourth, scoring two free throws within the first minute of play.
Third-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 13 points, 11 rebounds. First-year guard Catherine Cloutier (St-Hubert, Qué.) and first-year forward Charlotte Mackenzie (Ottawa, Ont.) also put in a solid effort for the Gee-Gees.
Raven’s guard Courtney Smith (Ottawa, Ont.) led both teams in scoring with 15 points, 3 rebounds.
Gee-Gees’ head coach Andy Sparks was not very pleased with the team’s effort.
“We have to be a lot better than that,” he said, “I was disappointed in particular with our senior players who have been in this environment before; I’m reasonably pleased with our first year girls.”
Third-year Gee-Gees’ centre Marie-Ève Caouette (Québec, Qué.) agreed with Sparks.
“We should have executed better offensively, especially on the attack,” Caouette noted, “When we executed properly, that’s when it paid off.”
The Gee-Gees play their last two home games this coming weekend at the Montpetit Hall, hosting Ryerson (9-7 OUA) Friday, January 29, and Toronto (7-9 OUA) Saturday, January 30. Game times are 6:00 p.m.