Women’s Basketball (10-6 OUA)
Hosted Queen’s (3-13 OUA) on Friday, January 28, 2011 at Montpetit Hall at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
Hannah Sunley-Paisley 22 points, 10 rebounds; Jenna Gilbert 14 points, 3 rebounds - uOttawa
Brittany Moore 18 points, 3 rebounds; Hanna Koposhynska 8 points, 3 rebounds - Queen’s
The effects playing their fourth game in seven days was showing in the Gee-Gees play tonight, especially after pushing the Carleton Ravens to double overtime in the Capital Hoops Classic on Wednesday. All the same, the Gee-Gees would tough out a 65-47 win over Queen’s.
“This was really a character game, to see if we can push through some of the things that have happened the last few games,” said head coach Andy Sparks, referencing two consecutive overtime losses the team has faced. “We knew we needed to get a win to continue going in the right direction.”
The opening quarter of tonight’s game showcased a rather rough basketball as the Gee-Gees shot 35% from the floor, only slightly ahead of the Gaels 30%. The second quarter saw much the same percentages, though the Gee-Gees outscored Queen’s 15 to seven.
The Gaels came out strong in the second half, narrowing the score to within seven points midway through the frame, though heading into the fourth the separation between the two teams remained the same. The Gee-Gees went on a ten-point rampage to open the fourth, and secured with win with an 18 point lead.
Tonight is also the big night for the Gee-Gees participating in Cuts for Cancer, as Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., Alex Naylor, Calgary, Alb., and Steph Deboer, Waterloo, Ont., all cut their hair to donate for wigs for cancer patients during the men’s game halftime.
“I’m so excited,” said Sunley-Paisley after the game about cutting 12 inches of her hair in just over an hour, “It’s been a long road, [but] it’s amazing. My family has really been affected by cancer so it’s very important for me. I’m happy [the campaign] has been as successful as it’s been.”
The Gee-Gees have been busy fundraising throughout this season in support of cancer research for the Canadian Cancer Society. With $1,000 to go,donate and help them reach their $10,000 goal.
The Gee-Gees will take to the court again tomorrow night, Saturday, January 29, facing RMC at 6:00 p.m. for their second last regular season home game. (SSN Canada)