With six games left on the regular season schedule, the uOttawa Gee-Gees have an opportunity to solidify their hold on the OUA North Division: five of their final six opponents have sub .500 records. This weekend, the Gee-Gees head to the Sault to take on the Algoma Thunderbirds on Friday night.
In the immediate future, uOttawa is faced with only two games in the next two weekends, allowing them plenty of time to recuperate heading down the stretch. After this Friday’s game, they’ll prepare for another meeting with Carleton on the big stage at the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on February 6.
The Gee-Gees split last weekend’s games by similar scores, defeating Western on Friday 79-43 and losing to no. 1 Windsor on Saturday 76-44.
The Struggling Algoma Thunderbirds will look for their second win in a row after they topped lowly Nipissing 59-44 on Sunday for their first win of the season. Playing in their sophomore season this year, the Thunderbirds rank near the bottom of the CIS in almost every statistical category.
In both their meetings since Algoma joined the CIS, the Gee-Gees scored more than 80 points and were victorious 85-49 and 88-52 respectively. The Thunderbirds have only three players averaging more than five points per game and collectively make shots at a 29 per cent rate. They rely most on forward Laura Meadows who shoots well above the average (40 per cent) but misses around half her free throws.
uOttawa is 6-0 this season against OUA teams who currently have a losing record, outscoring them by a combined 480-292. This has helped to clearly solidify the top echelon of the conference from the bottom.