Women’s Basketball (15-2 OUA)
Hosted York (6-11 OUA) on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
uOttawa 23 15 20 15 73
York 8 8 23 8 47
uOttawa – Kellie Ring 17 points, 7 assists; Hannah Sunley-Paisley 14 points, 8 rebounds
York – Llyandra Kerr 13 points, 7 rebounds; Brittany Szockyj 10 points, 4 rebounds
The Gee-Gees garnered another win this snowy Saturday evening as they triumphed 73-47 over the visiting York Lions.
The Gee-Gees held the Lions to eight point quarters in three of the four frames, with only a third quarter lapse allowing York to really capitalize with 23 points.
“The third quarter was pretty horrendous actually,” said head coach Andy Sparks, “I give York full credit; it’s their second game in a row really only playing with seven players. We defended pretty well in the first half, but we broke down mentally and they got a lot of open looks in the third quarter.”
Rookie point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) had a near perfect first half on offence, totalling four assists and 14 points and only missing a half-court attempt at a buzzer-beater to end the first half. Ring led the Gee-Gees in scoring, finishing with 17 points and seven assists at game end. Fifth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) also chipped in 14 points and eight rebounds.
“Our main goal is keeping consistent, especially on defence,” said Ring, “And our third quarter today, that was our lapse. We can’t let them get runs; we need to put a stop to them on defence. When we get to nationals, they’re bigger and better teams and we can’t have those defensive lapses or the other teams will kill us.”
Fifth-year forward Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) is tantalizingly close to making OUA history by topping the most rebounds in a career list, but after tonight’s win is still four rebounds shy of the record.
Compared to their last four games, the Gee-Gees will face quite a challenge when they visit Carleton again next Saturday. “We absolutely need to play Carleton right now,” said Sparks, noting the need to challenge his team and keep them sharp, “We need tough games. We can get away with an off game [against these last teams], but you don’t want to get away with anything. And we’re trying to peak at the end of the year.”
The Gee-Gees have a big game next weekend in a rare single game weekend as they visit the Raven’s Nest to face cross-town rivals Carleton (12-5) on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.