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Gee-Gees finish season strong versus Algoma

Saturday February 15, 2014
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Richard A. Whittaker

The uOttawa Gee-Gees welcomed Algoma University to Monpetit Hall for the first time on Saturday night. The 0-22 Thunderbirds have struggled in their first season in the CIS and this night was more of same as the Gee-Gees led throughout the game, taking an easy 88-52 to finish the regular season.

“There are some things that we did well tonight and there are some things that were not so good. We need to get back to work right away because we are playing our first playoff game on Wednesday against a team who beat us only a couple weeks ago,” said head coach Andy Sparks.

The Gee-Gees were solid in the first half as they shot 11-12 from the free throw line and 4-8 from beyond the three-point line. After the first quarter came to a close, it was the Gee-Gees reserves that took over and played significant minutes in the game. After allowing only four points in the first quarter, Ottawa was rung up for 14 in the second.

Ottawa continued its strong play in the second half and did not let Algoma come any closer than 30 points. The 88 points scored is a season high for Ottawa, topping their previous high of 85 scored against Algoma on January 10th, 2014.

Algoma got hot from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter, pouring in 22 points led by Amanda Orr who finished the game with five three-pointers for 15 total points.

Julia Soriano led the way on the score sheet for Ottawa with points 12 points and three assists while shooting 4-6 from long range. “Tonight was a good game for us because we were able to do some good things defensively. Now we just have to prepare for York and be ready for a hard game.”

The game was a final opportunity for the third place Gee-Gees to work on certain facets of their game in preparation for the playoffs, which happen to be only days away. The York University Lions will make their way to Ottawa this upcoming Wednesday for a playoff battle between the third and sixth seed.  The game will tip off at 7 p.m. at Monpetit Hall.

There will be two graduating Gee-Gees in 2014 as Angela Tilk and Sarah Van Hooydonk played the final regular season game of their CIS careers. Both players have been a big part of the team this season and will be missed next season. Coach Andy Sparks personally addressed the players in front of the Montpetit Hall crowd, thanking them for time in the program.

BOX SCORE

                            1              2            3             4             F

Ottawa                 22           25           26           15           88

Algoma                 4            14           12           22           52