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Gee-Gees suffer season opening jitters

Tuesday November 3, 2009

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (0-1 OUA, 9-4 overall)

 At Carleton Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Half     Final

uOttawa     24     46

Carleton   39     70

Hannah Sunley-Paisley, 20 points, 8 rebounds – uOttawa

Ines Jelic 14, points, 9 rebounds – Carleton

  

 

GAME STORY:

 

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team opened the OUA regular season this evening against cross-town rival Carleton Ravens, losing 46-70.

 

The Gee-Gees jumped out to an early 8-0 lead but the Ravens quickly clawed back and dominated the first half of the game, leading 39-24 at the half. The Gee-Gees, who were 16 for 52 inside the circle, struggled with execution throughout the game, missing numerous scoring opportunities.

 

The Ravens continued to control the game in the second half by capitalizing on free throw opportunities and Gee-Gees turnovers. The Ravens were 18 for 21 from the free throw line. They also dominated the Gee-Gees on the boards, amassing 43 rebounds.

 

Gee-Gees third-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) was the leading scorer in the game with 20 points. She combined with fourth-year guard, Kelly Weir of Ottawa, Ont. for 34 of the Gee-Gees 46 points.

 

“Hannah did a great job tonight but we didn’t use her as effectively as we could have to generate scoring from some of the other players,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “We have seven first year players and the jitters showed in tonight’s game. We know where we need to make improvements. We are looking forward to playing them again in the rematch at Scotiabank Place.”

 

Tonight’s loss to the Ravens brings uOttawa’s overall record against Carleton to 11 wins and 30 losses. The Gee-Gees lost both regular season matches against Carleton last year, but beat them by a score of 56-49 when it mattered most, in the OUA quarterfinals, netting them a berth in the OUA Final Four, and ultimately a national championship appearance.

 

The Gee-Gees travel to southern Ontario for their next two games, taking on Brock on Friday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. followed by Guelph on Saturday, November 7 also at 6:00 p.m.