Women’s Basketball (19-3 OUA, 3-0 playoffs)
Hosting Fraser Valley (12-6 Canada West, 2-2 playoffs) at CIS East Regional Tournament at Montpetit Hall on Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
The Gee-Gees will have one final weekend of preparation before they travel to the 2012 CIS Championships in Calgary as they host the CIS East Regional Tournament. The Gee-Gees will face the eighth nationally ranked Fraser Valley on Friday night and with a win, advance to face either Windsor or Cape Breton on Saturday night.
With their OUA title win last weekend, the Gee-Gees have already secured their berth to the CIS Championships. The other teams travelling to Montpetit Hall this weekend, Windsor, Cape Breton and Fraser Valley, are still fighting to keep their season alive with one final berth up for grabs for the winner of this weekend, or for the second place team if uOttawa were to win.
“The mindset is difficult considering the situation we’re in as opposed to the other teams. The other teams are probably more motivated than us, given what’s on the line for them. But we still have to play to win,” said head coach Andy Sparks, “It may mean we play our bench more than we typically have and hope that we can win playing our full team rather than our regular roster.”
“It is good to see another new team and it does help to prepare us. We’ve always been about trying to continue to get better and I think this weekend is a chance for us to continue to try to get better,” said Sparks, “Fraser Valley is an excellent team; they’re a strong team, so we know we’re going to get a great test here. The timing of this game is almost perfect for us; two weeks would have been a long time off at this point.”
Fraser Valley finished second in the Canada West Pacific Division behind UBC. They went on to sweep their three game series with Calgary with two wins, though subsequent losses to Regina and Saskatchewan left them in fourth in Canada West at the close of the conference playoffs.
After a solid 89-40 thumping of the defending CIS Champions Windsor in the OUA Final, the nationally sixth ranked Gee-Gees have put to rest any remaining thoughts of their team as an underdog. “To defeat the defending national champions, who returned all of their starters from last year, were 20-2 coming into the game, and for us to win by 50 is over the top,” said Sparks, “But truth falls somewhere in between two people; Windsor was way better than they showed us and we had a great day.”
OUA East rookie of the year, Gee-Gee point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) was named this week's OUA and uOttawa Desjardins athlete of the week after posting a game high 14 points in the Gee-Gees first OUA Championship win since 2004.
Gee-Gees fans, don’t miss this opportunity to catch four nationally ranked teams in action at Montpetit Hall, and the last chance to catch your uOttawa Gee-Gees at home this season!
CIS East Regional Schedule:
Friday March 9
6 p.m. Cape Breton vs. Windsor
8 p.m. Fraser Valley vs. Ottawa
Saturday March 10
6 p.m. Final