The no. 9 ranked Gee-Gees women’s basketball team (9-1) plans to hold their own against the Queen’s University Gaels (9-1) and the York University Lions (2-8) as they head into their first home games of the New Year.
The no. 10 Gaels are feeling hot coming into the weekend with five straight wins under their belt. “Queen's is playing very well and have an experienced team with good guards and strong posts,” notes head coach Andy Sparks “We are expecting an excellent test.”
Friday’s game will attest to Ottawa’s strength as last weekend’s solid performance against Ryerson bumped Queen’s off the no. 9 rank. Queen’s now sit just behind uOttawa, holding tenth place in the CIS Top Ten but are neck-and-neck in the regular season record. Four individual players for Queen’s each average in the double digits for points per game. The Gee-Gees will have to work hard off the ball defensively on the perimeter and in the paint as the Gaels inside game comes from top rebounder in the country, Robyn Pearson. The fourth-year post consistently fills up the stats sheet with double-doubles pulling down 12.0 rebounds and 10.2 points per game. Pearson looks to be a good match for Ottawa’ own post player, Katherine Lemoine, who is a strong asset to the Gee-Gees inside look.
“York played tough against Queen’s for three quarters last weekend,” states Sparks “They are improving but are not quite as deep as Queen’s, however, so we will have to be sure to play with a high tempo.” In the past, York has proved that they can compete with top-ranked teams like Queen’s, putting the pressure on the Gee-Gees to perform. High scorers for Queen’s include guards Ishanaa Seupersadsingh andKatrina Collins-Samuels who rack up 12.7 and 9.5 points, respectfully. Saturday’s game will feature quick ball movement and fast play from Ottawa forcing the Lions to dig deep, capitalizing on York’s short bench.
Coming off a recent injury, top scorer for the Gee-Gees, Catherine Traer is set to see a few minutes of the court in this weekend’s home game. Traer nets 17.9 and snatches 4.3 rebounds off the glass. Though the Gee-Gees have rattled off three straight wins in Traer’s absence, going forward as a team and into the playoffs it is crucial to have a full team and deep bench.
All regular season games for the women, both home and away, are broadcast on OUA.tv tipping off at 6 p.m.