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HOME PREVIEW: Undefeated Gee-Gees look to topple no. 1

Wednesday November 30, 2016
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Gord Weber

GAME INFO
McMaster (5-0) at Ottawa (3-0)
Friday, December 2, 2016
6 p.m.
Montpetit Hall
Tickets available online
Webcast on OUA.tv
 
Brock (2-2) at Ottawa (3-0)
Saturday, December 3
6 p.m.
Montpetit Hall
Tickets available online
Webcast on OUA.tv
 
The uOttawa women’s basketball team takes home court advantage against no. 1 ranked McMaster this weekend and will also face stiff competition from the Brock Badgers. uOttawa is on a three-game winning streak, beating Laurentian and Nipissing last weekend on the road. The Gee-Gees will have a bigger presence on the court this weekend as they expect to have veteran forward Katherine Lemoine return to action. uOttawa will focus on defensive transition and their quarter court defence in preparation for the weekend.

“We have a lot of tempo to control. We expect two good games; it’s a great opening weekend,” says Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks.

“They are both very good shooting teams. In transition it’s not just a case of running back but also being able to contests shooters,” adds fourth-year guard Kellie Forand.

uOttawa battled McMaster to a 56-42 OUA semi-final win last season. Two other close games were played between the teams in regular season and tournament play, with uOttawa winning 61-60 and 63-61, respectively. McMaster is a high-scoring opponent and also ranks first in OUA free-throw percentage, steals and assists. Of note, McMaster has fifth-year guard Danielle Boiago who scored 39 points against Brock last weekend.

“A key for us is to not let their transition game get going. We have to control the tempo and traditionally that is what we have been able to do against them but this season we have a new team with new personnel,” explains Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks.

The Gee-Gees last saw Brock in regular season play, winning 75-50. Recently, Brock took McMaster to OT, losing 94-90. uOttawa will look to contain the play-making abilities of Brock’s strong transfer point guard, Bridget Atkinson. Another strength for Brock has been on the glass, with the Badgers ranking third in U Sports with an average of 48.8 rebounds per game.