Women’s Basketball (14-8 OUA)
Hosting Carleton (18-4 OUA) on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (Rogers, SSN Canada)
Hannah Sunley-Paisley 25 points, 22 rebounds; Kayte Chase 14 points, 4 rebounds - uOttawa
Alyson Bush 14 points, 4 rebounds; Krista Van Slingerland 10 points, 4 rebounds - Carleton
After losing in double overtime to the Ravens at the Capital Hoops Classic less than a month ago, the Gee-Gees were out to exact revenge tonight at home. And despite a dreary beginning and being forced to overtime once again, the Gee-Gees triumphed over their cross-town rivals in a 72-68 win.
Three-pointers were on fire for the Ravens in the first quarter, and four treys in the first ten minutes did much to account for Carleton’s 27-11 lead after the frame.
But it was early in the second frame when second-year guard Kayte Chase, Cornwall, Ont., lit the spark with her aggressive play that began the Gee-Gees turnaround. The Gee-Gees matched the Ravens throughout the second frame, but were still down by 14 at half.
The second half belonged to the garnet and grey as they tore into the Ravens lead with a 19-point run. With the crowd chanting “defense” in encouragement of the comeback, the Gee-Gees took control of the boards and tripped up the Ravens with their full court press pressure.
The Ravens weren’t going to go down without a fight though, as first place in the OUA East was on the line in this game for them. Forced into overtime, it would be free throws and a timed three-pointer by third-year centre Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa, Ont., that would seal the win for uOttawa.
Leading the charge for the Gee-Gees was fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., who finished the night with 25 points and an astounding 22 boards. At Capital Hoops Sunley-Paisley fouled out early due to trouble taking fouls and tonight she only drew fouls and punished the Ravens with her accuracy at the free throw line, going 15 for 17.
“Boxing out [and rebounding] has been a focus all week and it really showed and really paid off [tonight],” said Sunley-Paisley. With tonight being the first time Sunley-Paisley has ever beaten Carleton in the regular season, she noted this win is “huge for the team and such a big coming together moment.”
“First quarter, we just weren’t ready to play,” noted head coach Andy Sparks after the game, “Our pressure when we starting doing what we wanted to do, starting to put [Carleton] into more of a defensive mode [was key]. In the first quarter, [Carleton] did what they wanted; we didn’t get on them hard enough.”
As their final regular season game, tonight was also graduating players night and Sparks honoured the one-year commitment of fifth-year guard Alexandra Roy, Montreal, Qué., while she completed her education degree.
The Gee-Gees will be hosting York (7-15 OUA) for a first-round playoff game on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (Rogers, SSN Canada)