WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2-2 Playoffs, 15-7 OUA, 22-12 OVERALL):
At Regina to face No. 1 Simon Fraser on day one of the 2009 CIS championship, March 6-8. (SSN Canada)
uOttawa 25 42
SFU 44 89
Hannah Sunley–Paisley – 17 points, 10 rebounds - uOttawa
Matteke Hutzler – 15 points, 10 rebounds - SFU
HEADLINE: CIS TOURNAMENT: No. 1 SFU sends No. 8 Gee-Gees to consolation semi
REGINA – No. 1 Simon Fraser dominated all facets of the game Friday afternoon in sending uOttawa women’s basketball to the consolation semifinal at the 2009 CIS tournament with a decisive 89-42 opening-game win at the spacious and palatial athletic facility at the University of Regina.
The margin of victory was the largest in CIS finals competition since Victoria defeated Toronto 81-31 in the opening game of the 1982 tournament.
The Clan out-scored the Gee-Gees 45-17 in the second half and finished by shooting 50 per cent from the floor to the uOttawa’s 28 per cent and produced just eight turnovers to 23 for the Gee-Gees.
“It was a good experience playing them,” said second-year post Hannah Sunley-Paisley, the Gee-Gees player of the game and top scorer with 17 points and 10 rebounds. ‘I left everything on the floor and hope the other girls did also.”
Simon Fraser, No. 1 for all but one week of the 2008-09 season, won a 28th consecutive game to advance to Saturday’s national semifinal against No. 4 Alberta.
The Gee-Gees ran to a 4-0 lead early on consecutive inside baskets from Sunley-Paisley for four of her team-high 13 points, six rebounds and three fouls in the first half.
The Clan then went on a tear, scoring a diversity of points from the paint and beyond the three-point line for a 29-14 after one quarter.
The pace slowed to start the second quarter but the Clan resumed its methodical pace for a 40-20 lead with 4:35 remaining, ending with a 44-25 advantage at the half.
“In the third quarter we just gave up,” said Gee-Gees fifth-year post Katie Laurie, “We’ve got to be ready to come out hard for the entire game.”
Simon Fraser, seeking a fourth national title since the 2001-02 season, largely used substitutes to take a 30-point lead (64-34) after three quarters.
The Clan, which defeated uOttawa 82-37 opening game of the 2004-05 tournament en route to the national championship,didn’t let up in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Gee-Gees 25-8 to keep its title hopes very much alive.
“They might not win the national championship but they are the most talented by quite a long-shot,” said Sparks.