Women’s Basketball (7-4 OUA, 17-9 overall)
Hosted Laurentian University (5-6 OUA) Saturday, January 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Montpetit Hall. (SSN Canada)
Mylaine Magneau 18 points, 7 rebounds – Laurentian
Émilie Morasse 15 points, 8 rebounds; Hannah Sunley-Paisley - 13 points, 3 rebounds – uOttawa
The gym was filled with pink Saturday evening, as the Gee-Gees hosted the Laurentian Voyageurs in itsShoot for the Cure game to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
After a physical game, the Gee-Gees managed to come out on top with a score of 73-50. Nonetheless, the intention of this game – to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer – was without a doubt just as important for the Gee-Gees.
Shoot for the cure is a C.I.S. Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) initiative and, now in its third year, the WBCA has raised over $130,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
At half-time, head coach Andy Sparks spoke about Carolynn Sturgess (Swords ), a personal friend and important member of the Ottawa basketball community. She passed away last September at the young age of 39 years old, after a three year long battle with breast cancer. She is the sister of Laurentian’s men’s basketball coach Shawn Swords. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in our game against Laurentian because the Swords family has touched a lot of people’s lives through basketball,” said Sparks, who also asked the fans to give generously to this cause.
As for the game, both teams played strong in the first half, with the Gee-Gees leading by 5 points at half-time. The Gee-Gees picked things up in the second half, restricting the Voyageurs to 19 points to win the game.
“This team was bigger than last night’s team [York], it was a competitive game” said fourth-year Ottawa native Melina Wishart. “The post players stepped it up for us and we were happy to win the game.”
The Voyageurs finished with 27 turnovers and 13 steals and the Gee-Gees 22 turnovers and 17 steals.
The Gee-Gees are on head to Toronto next weekend to face the Toronto Blues (5-7 OUA) Friday, January 15, and the Ryerson Rams (7-4 OUA) on Saturday, January 16. Game times are 6:00 p.m.