Women’s Basketball (12-2 OUA)
Hosted RMC (0-13 OUA) on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Montpetit Hall at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
uOttawa – Hannah Sunley-Paisley 14 points, 5 rebounds; Jenna Gilbert 14 points, 4 rebounds; Maddie Stephen 12 points, 11 rebounds
RMC – Sandra Edminson 9 points, 4 rebounds; Carley Lewis 5 points, 1 rebound; Samantha Bayne 2 points, 9 rebounds
The OUA East first-place Gee-Gees improved to a 12-2 record with tonight’s 88-27 win over the visiting RMC Paladins.
A 16 point run in the first quarter opened the Gee-Gees up to a 29-4 point lead after 10 minutes, but RMC held their own in the second frame, narrowly outscoring the home Garnet and Grey. The Gee-Gees continued to get things done in the third and fourth frame, holding the Paladins to their lowest scoring game of the season.
“I think we started okay, but we actually missed some easy shots early. It was 29-4 at the quarter, but our usual scorers weren’t producing so much early. That does show the sign of our depth that other girls can pick it up,” commented head coach Andy Sparks.
The Gee-Gees finished the game with 29 steals on 44 RMC turnovers and shot a sharp 91% from the free throw line. Leading the way for the bench, rookie forward Maddie Stephen (Toronto, Ont.) notched a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, going a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line.
“Maddie was solid throughout, an excellent game,” said Sparks, also noting the consistency of second-year guard Émilie Cyr (Montréal, Qué.) and first-year point guard Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.), “Émilie and Maddie played well in first half, and Kellie was okay. I thought the rest of the girls were a little bit lethargic.”
“Towards the end of the game we had much better execution on the plays,” noted Stephen, “And we ran through some of our sets we’d been trying to work on in practice; and we had some really great finds and ball movement.”
Stephen also commented on her positive experience so far as a rookie on this successful Gee-Gees team, “It’s been great. We have such amazing leaders on the team. Being a first year it’s amazing been able to look up to them, like big sisters. We have great team chemistry and I love playing on the same team as them.”
“I still think we’re not playing our best,” concluded Sparks, “But we get a chance to move forward in this type of game and get some players who we know deserve court time some good court time. Overall it is a nice result.”
The Gee-Gees will return to Montpetit Hall tomorrow night, January 20, as they face the Queen’s Gaels at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)