Women’s basketball (2-1 playoffs)
Visited Western (1-2 playoffs) on Saturday, March 5, 2011, 1 p.m. for OUA fifth place playoff game at Alumni Hall in London, Ont.
uOttawa: Hannah Sunley-Paisley 16 pts, 4 reb; Tatiana Hanlan 10 pts, 7 reb
Western: Matteke Hutzler 21 pts, 4 reb
The uOttawa Gee-Gees hopes for CIS national berth were severely hampered with a 60-42 loss to Western on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Mustangs finish fifth in the OUA while the Gee-Gees will have to wait and see if they can still qualify for next weekend’s regional tournament should Carleton win against Windsor tonight.
The first half was not the way the Gee-Gees wanted to come into this game. They lacked execution, and were simply unable to find the basket, scoring only 20 points and shooting 36% from the field. The Mustangs, who also came out flat, managed to pull ahead midway through the second with a 6-0 run to lead 31-20 at the half.
Fortunately the Gee-Gees came out much stronger in the second half to make a game of it. The garnet and grey upped the intensity, tightened up on defence, and converted on a few Mustang turnovers to outscore Western 15-10 in the third to climb within six points of the lead.
However, the No. 3 Mustangs proved too much for the Gee-Gees down the stretch, as the garnet and grey could not sustain their third quarter momentum. Western doubled up on the Gee-Gees 19-9 in the final frame for the 60-44 win.
“We probably played one good quarter, but that’s not enough to win a basketball game. We were playing a good team, a team that was better than us today, but down three with eight minutes to go we had a chance,” said head coach Andy Sparks. Unfortunately at that point, OUA East Player of the Year, Hannah Sunley-Paisley picked up her fourth foul and was forced to sit the bench. This proved costly, as Western would go on a 16-0 run, explained Sparks.
The Gee-Gees will now anxiously await the result of Carleton and Windsor, if Carleton wins the Gee-Gees will move up to the fifth-seed and qualify for next weekend’s regional tournament: “Once again if Carleton wins tonight, we will finish fifth and head East next weekend. So we’ll get the girls cranked up again should that be the case for a little redemption,” added Sparks.