The uOttawa women’s basketball team made a solid start to the regular season with a 64-50 win over Algoma University. It was a good result for the team considering Algoma took down the top ranked Carleton Ravens 86-57 the night before. The Gee-Gees extended their defence in response to the Thunderbirds tendency to shoot outside the arc.
“I think we did a nice job at defending the perimeter, that’s really what their game is,” said head coach Andy Sparks.
The Gee-Gees had strong pressure on defense in the first half, producing many turnovers. The team finished the quarter ahead by seven points. “Defensively, our hustle and our work was pretty good,” said Sparks, who also highlighted the solid contributions of fourth-year guard, Sarah Besselink. The Kingston native had a solid game statistically, getting it done on both offence and defence, with 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Ottawa dominated the second quarter, at one-point stretching out to a 20-point lead. Veteran guard Kellie Forand contributed with a nothing but net three-pointer. “We worked on our full court pressure and it really paid off in the first half. We got some good steals out of it and it reduced their number of possessions, which definitely gave us an advantage”, said Forand.
Algoma made a good run in the fourth quarter, but could not close the gap. In the waning minutes of the game, senior Gee-Gees guard Julia Soriano solidified the win by hitting back-to-back threes. The Gee-Gees showed just how dangerous they are on offence if gifted the space. Coach Sparks also highlighted the defensive contributions of third-year guard Danielle Marion.
At Laurentian and Nipissing
Nov. 25 and 26
Webcast on OUA.tv