The Gee-Gees season opening weekend was a success capped off with back-to-back victories against the Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs. Ottawa defeated the Voyageurs with a strong offensive performance that finished with 80-57 victory.
For a second night in a row Catherine Traer showed why she is one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the OUA finishing with 20 points. Along with Jennifer Crowe, she recorded a stat in all major categories. Julia Soriano also had a “quiet” night, finishing with a team leading 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Head Coach Andy Sparks couldn’t anything but praise the guard after her big weekend. “She’s not a stat person but in everybody’s opinion she’s awesome.”
Sarah Besselink who started the two games this weekend after missing half of last season with a major knee injury and despite a strong showing in her return, Sparks admit she will improve along with her health in time. “Her knee is still an issue and affects lateral mobility with her leg.”
Kathrine Lemoine and Kellie Forand both faced foul trouble during the game, but Forand managed to be effective when she was in while Lemoine’s troubles led to a rookie breakout performance from Anne Wagar.
The 13 points, five rebounds performance from Wagar answered a lot of questions Sparks had about his team’s depth. “When she went in and she did that she became that extra post player that we’ve been looking for.”
Sparks was happy with his team’s offensive performance and pressure on the the defensive side. “It’s really early right now. It looked like we raised out game. We sustained our runs better than we did so far.” He did however hold back when asked if his team’s offensive success can be sustained. “ I think when we can get everybody together and healthy, we can be a good offensive team. “
Ottawa will be on the road next weekend to face Guelph and Lakehead.