Women’s Basketball (19-3 OUA, 1-0 playoffs)
Hosted Ryerson (11-11 OUA, 1-1 playoffs) on Saturday, February 25, 2012 for an OUA East Semi-Final at 6:00 p.m.
uOttawa – Bess Lennox 16 points, 14 rebounds; Kellie Ring 12 points, five assists; Hannah Sunley-Paisley 11 points, 13 rebounds
Ryerson – Dayana Gechkova 10 points, 6 rebounds; Ashley MacDonald 9 points, 4 rebounds
With tonight’s 89-53 win over the Ryerson Rams, the Gee-Gees have secured their place in the OUA Final Four and as hosts as the top seeded OUA East team in contention. The playoff drive is now in full swing for the team, which by their regular season record could arguably be the best Gee-Gee team that has ever taken the court at Montpetit Hall. But come post-season, nothing can be taken for granted and with their powerful drive out of the gate tonight the Gee-Gees proved that they are taking that mentality to heart.
With an 11 point run in the first quarter initially opening up the Gee-Gee lead, the Garnet and Grey’s three-point shooting came alive in the second quarter with Sarah Nolette (Edmonton, Alta.) dropping two and Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) and Émilie Cyr (Montréal, Qué.) sinking one apiece. The Gee-Gees held the visiting Rams to a seven point frame while jumping to a 25 point lead.
Fouls would come to play a key factor in the Rams’ ball game, as two early fouls in the first quarter threatened team leader Angela Tilk. And later in the third quarter, the Rams’ leading scorer Ashley MacDonald racked up her fourth personal foul and would take to the bench. As the CIS-leading defensive unit in the regular season, the Gee-Gees would demonstrate that prowess once again tonight, completely neutralizing the Rams’ offence. The frustration on Ryerson’s part was much evidenced by their foul situation.
“I think we were solid; it was a good team result,” said head coach Andy Sparks, “Our key players came to play. Kellie Ring controlled the tempo early and got them frustrated; which was sort of caused by us executing well on the offensive end of the floor and getting the shots that we wanted to get.”
The Gee-Gees’ bench would take to the court for much of the second half, continuing to prove the depth of the roster. Forward Ariane Lachance-Scantland (Gatineau, Qué.) led the bench, putting up seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in her 24 minutes, “Our level of practice has been going up and I feel like we’re just getting better every day,” commented Lachance-Scantland, “Coming into this game, we had a high level of focus and that is the level of focus we want to maintain for all the games coming up.”
Fifth-years forward Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) and centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) each put up a double-double for the Gee-Gees; Lennox led with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Sunley-Paisley added 11 points and 13 rebounds. First-year point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) also finished with 12 points.
The Gee-Gees will play next Friday, March 2, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. for the OUA Final Four at Montpetit Hall, against Brock.