Women’s basketball (2-2 OUA)
Hosted Western (1-3 OUA) on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Montpetit Hall in Ottawa, Ont.
uOttawa leading scorers: H. Sunley-Paisley 27 points, 8 rebounds; K. Ring 18 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds; Jenna Gilbert 16 points, 8 rebounds
The uOttawa Gee-Gees continued their 2011-12 home opening weekend as they welcomed the Western Mustangs to Montpetit Hall on Saturday night. The Gee-Gees weathered a first quarter storm and answered back with a storm of their own in the fourth for their second win in as many nights.
The Mustangs got off to a blazing start in shooting 75.0% (12-16) from the floor and 83.3% (5-6) from beyond the arc in the first quarter compared to the Gee-Gees who were 37.5% (6-16) on the floor and 50.0% (2-4) from three-point range. Before they knew it, the Gee-Gees were down 31-16 after the first quarter.
However, Western would eventually cool off in the second and watched the Gee-Gees make some big shots of their own. Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) and Jenna Gilbert (Ottawa, Ont.) each had 10 points to help close the gap and set the score to 40-34 at halftime.
The Gee-Gees would see their first lead of the game late in the third quarter when Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) scored two big points against her former team to notch the score at 51-50. Lennox owned the boards for the Garnet and Grey on this night, finishing with a game-high 16 rebounds.
From that point on the Gee-Gees never looked back as they went on to score 24 points in the final frame to seal the deal with a 79-62 victory.
Head coach Andy Sparks was pleased with the effort, and to see his team stick to the game plan.
“We knew coming in that shooting was their strength,” he explained in regards to the shooting gallery put on by Western in the first quarter.
“We cleaned it up as the game progressed, and we did a better job in switching out and taking care of the perimeter.”
Sparks also highlighted the play of his young players, namely Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) who for a second straight night helped pace the Gee-Gees to victory with 18 points and 11 assists.
Also coming off the bench and providing a spark for the Garnet and Grey were Sarah Nolette (Edmonton, Alb.) and Ashley Hoover (Windsor, Ont.).
As for Bess Lennox, she was just happy to get the win against her former team.
“It’s a completely different team and a new coach since I played there so that took a little bit of the edge off, but I mean I definitely thought about it and wanted to win this one,” said Lennox.
With two victories at home this weekend, the Gee-Gees are back at .500 and will look to build on that success as they travel to Lakehead and Guelph next weekend.