Women’s Basketball (6-2 OUA)
Hosted Waterloo (1-7 OUA) on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
uOttawa – Hannah Sunley-Paisley 21 points, 5 rebounds; Jenna Gilbert 12 points, 3 rebounds; Bess Lennox 8 points, 12 rebounds
Warriors – Laura Burnett 7 points; 1 rebound; Laura Bossers 6 points, 3 rebounds
The Gee-Gees extended their winning streak to six games as they easily breezed past the Warriors 83-37 in their final game before the Christmas break.
The Gee-Gees buried 20 points in the first quarter before Waterloo even managed to get their first point on the scoreboard, thanks to a free throw in the final two minutes of the first quarter. The Gee-Gees went on another 14 point run to open the second, holding the Warriors scoreless for another five minutes.
Rookies paced the Gee-Gees for large periods of the game; in addition to starting point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.), first-years Elissa de Wit (Cornwall, Ont.), Ashley Hoover (Amherstburg, Ont.), Maddie Stephen (Toronto, Ont.) and Ariane Lachance-Scantland (Gatineau, Qué.) all saw significant playing time.
Fifth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) paced the Gee-Gees once again with 21 points, with fourth-year centre Jenna Gilbert (Ottawa, Ont.) also adding 12 points. Hoover led the rookies with her nine points. Fifth-year Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) continued to dominate the boards with her 12 rebounds and eight points. As a team, the Gee-Gees had 18 steals on the night.
“A lot better start by the starters at the beginning which gave an opportunity for the rookies to show what they can do,” said head coach Andy Sparks, “And [the rookies] competed; they played them about even or a little bit better for most of the game. Certainly they did a really good job for us.”
“It’s always a great opportunity, if you get a chance to go in there; it’s your chance to prove yourself,” said Ring on the opportunity her fellow rookies had with their playing minutes tonight. Ring reflected an improved effort level from the team tonight, but reiterated, “It has to be our main goal, to play the full game, non-stop, 110% all the time. We have to play our game every day and then we can be successful.”
“Bess [Lennox] has been consistent and pretty key for us, averaging 12 rebounds a game. Kellie [Ring] is starting to show what she can do,” commented Sparks on the talent of his starting five, also including Sunley-Paisley, Gilbert and fifth-year Teddi Firmi (Kitchener, Ont.), “Having those kinds of weapons, it’s pretty good to have a number of players like that who can all step up on different occasions.”
“I think we got some good games coming up at Christmas in the UQAM tournament,” said Sparks looking towards the next half of the season, “We’re just going to keep working to get better and see where it ends up.”
The Gee-Gees will visit UQAM this Christmas break from December 27-29 for a tournament, before returning to regular OUA action in the new year with a road trip to Laurentian and York, January 6-7, 2012.