Women’s Basketball (5-2 OUA)
Hosted Laurier (4-3 OUA) on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
uOttawa – Hannah Sunley-Paisley (19 points, 11 rebounds); Tatiana Hanlan (13 points, 1 rebound); Kellie Ring (12 points, 4 rebounds)
Laurier – Shelby Kurt (14 points, 3 rebounds); Felicia Mazerolle (10 points, 3 rebounds); Christa Mancino (10 points, 6 rebounds)
Despite a shaky start, the Gee-Gees found their footing and continued to build momentum throughout the game in a final 65-53 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks.
Laurier was lighting up the floor in the first half with their three-point shooting, going five for six from behind the arc. The Gee-Gees struggled to contain the Golden Hawks defensively, as Laurier jumped to a 13 point lead midway through the second quarter and were up by seven at half.
It took only five minutes into the second half for the Gee-Gees to restore order on the court and regain the lead. The Gee-Gees would outscore the Golden Hawks by ten in the third frame to jump to a three point lead. And as for the fourth, the progression continued for the Gee-Gees as they came together to dominate the floor and hold the Hawks to only seven points.
Rookie Ariane Lachance-Scantland (Gatineau, Qué.) contributed two key back to back threes upon her stepping onto the court late in the third. CIS leading rebounder fifth-year Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) finished with 11 rebounds, just slightly below her previous average of 12.5 rebounds per game.
CIS athlete of the week fifth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) continued her high offensive production, leading the Gee-Gees in scoring at 19 points and 11 rebounds. Second-year guard Tatiana Hanlan (Gatineau, Qué.) had a season high 13 points on the win and rookie point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) really came out strong in the second half to finish with 12 points.
“It’s all about my team getting me the ball in the right situation to score,” said Sunley-Paisley on her scoring success, noting the wider spread of scoring potential this year opening things up on the floor, “With Bess [Lennox] and Jenna [Gilbert] especially, there’s more focus on other players. And today, when Tatiana [Hanlan] was hitting her shots and with Kellie [Ring] attacking, it really opens up everything; it gets the shooters open and it gets me open. It’s always a team effort.”
Head coach Andy Sparks was very unimpressed with his team’s effort tonight on the court, “We really only played 22 minutes of basketball today; the work ethic’s got to be better,” said Sparks, “We’ve got senior leadership and they need to lead. It’s just not where we need to be; we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
“That first half was them wanting it more than we wanted it,” continued a frustrated Sparks, “And we have to understand that everybody’s ready to give us their best shot; everybody knows we have a talented group of girls. And when we respond like that, that’s going to bite us for sure. You can’t rely on those kinds of comebacks.”
The Gee-Gees will host Waterloo (1-6 OUA) tomorrow night, Saturday, December 3, at 6:00 p.m. for their final game of 2011. (SSN Canada)