With a first round bye, the Gee-Gees were well rested when they tipped-off versus the Queen’s University Gaels on Saturday night. The Gaels were fresh off a first round upset versus a young Ryerson Rams squad. However, the Gee-Gees proved to be simply too much for the Gaels as they cruised to an easy 72-44 victory. .
After exchanging the lead twice in the first quarter the Gee-Gees blew the game open in the second quarter thanks to strong defence which limited to Gaels to only 20 points after two quarters.
Kayte Chase and Kim Cupid played an important role defensively for Ottawa as they were used to pressure the Gaels offence and push turnovers. Ottawa was able to force 21 turnovers and allowed Queen’s to shoot only 28.8 per cent in the game. Queen’s leading scoring Liz Boag was held to only two points in the game and 0-for-16 shooting.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Gee-Gees buried the Gaels and did not let up until the dying seconds. With the win, the Gee-Gees will host the OUA East championship next Saturday at Monpetit Hall.
“I think we did a pretty good job tonight, we were able to take them out of their game plan and limit them to only forty points. That was huge,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “It was nice to have a team effort and see everyone contribute because that shows that we are moving forward as a group.”
Jenna Gilbert led all Gee-Gees in scoring with 18 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Alyska Lukan also contributed well as she recorded 14 points and four rebounds.
“It was important for us to step it up and have a good start. We played strong on defence. To tell you the truth I think this game is a sign of what we have in store for the playoffs and that we are pumped up for next game,” said fifth year forward Alyska Lukan.