The no. 6 ranked uOttawa women’s basketball team (15-2) will hit the road taking on Nipissing University Lakers (3-14) and Laurentian University Voyageurs (3-14) in the final weekend of regular season play. Having already clinched first place in the OUA North Division, if the Gee-Gees can close out the season with a pair of wins it will secure first place in the OUA overall, rewarding Ottawa with home court advantage throughout the conference playoffs.
The Gee-Gees overtook Laurentian and Nipissing at the start of the 2015-2016 regular season and at that time Kellie Ring and Krista Van Slingerland were out with injury. This time around, the Gee-Gees expect to have a full roster, including Katherine Lemoine, who sat out in last weekend’s two home games, which is noteworthy from this point on and moving into playoffs.
“Both games this weekend are against guard-oriented teams and hopefully our guards will respond,” notes Head Coach Andy Sparks. “[Nipissing and Laurentian] should be better than when we played them at the start of the year so we expect our best effort to be required in order to finish the regular season in first place.”
Claire Abbott leads the Lakers with 13.4 point per game and dropped 16 on Ottawa in November. Next top scorer for Nipissing is small forward, Jamie Soffer. At five-foot-ten, Soffer buckets 7.1 points and secures 5.8 rebounds for her team. Fifth-year guards, Danielle Harris and Adrienne Moreau put up big numbers for Laurentian, netting 13.9 and 13.3 points, respectively.
Ottawa’s guards are also a force to be reckoned with, aiding the Gee-Gees with a recent four-game winning streak heading into the weekend. Top scorer, Catherine Traer, sits at fourth in the OUA for points scored, claiming 16.4 point a game. The fourth-year guard is also second in the OUA in blocks. Julia Soriano is sixth overall in the CIS for three-point percentage maintaining a 42.6 per cent from beyond the arc. Kellie Ring is fourth in the OUA in assists, averaging 4.1 assists per game.
Notably, Ottawa’s opponents are fighting each other for the final playoff spot in the OUA North Division, entering the weekend with identical records. Laurentian owns the tie-breaker between the two schools which split their season series (63-57 and 61-58 with Laurentian winning the first).
Catch all regular season and playoff games, both home and away, on OUA.tv. Teams tip off at 6 p.m.