The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team had a successful weekend at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Mickey Place Tournament, winning a pair of close games and closing out the tournament with a 17-point win.
The team featured even scoring throughout the weekend, receiving standout performances from Catherine Traer, Kellie Forand, and Isabelle Dion.
“It was a good level of play for us right now,” mentioned head coach Andy Sparks, who saw multiple players back on the court after injuries. “We had strong energy from Kellie Forand and Julia Soriano throughout the weekend, and our depth will be key. It was a good team-building weekend, as it always is when we come here.”
Ottawa edged Acadia 77-74 in the tournament opener on Friday, led by 17 points by Katherine Lemoine and 15 from Jennifer Crowe. Rookie Anne Wagar chipped in eight points, while Sarah Besselink made her return from knee surgery. The Gee-Gees led 45-32 at halftime before allowing the Axewomen to creep back in.
It was a similar story in Saturday’s 60-56 win over UPEI. The Gee-Gees led by 10 at halftime but mustered just nine points in the fourth quarter while the Panthers attempted a comeback. Free throws by Soriano and Forand helped Ottawa hold on. “Those games were a sign of our youth as a unit and shows where we are developing our strategies in late game situations,” said Sparks. Isabelle Dion was named the player of the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The tournament ended on a strong note thanks to a 57-40 win over the Bishop’s Gaiters which Ottawa controlled throughout.
The Gee-Gees will be at home this weekend and will host the Waterloo Warriors for an exhibition game at 12 p.m. on Sunday, October 25.