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Playoff Preview: First place Gee-Gees host Guelph for quarter-final

Thursday March 3, 2016
Gee-Gees in action.
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Erica Roberts

The no. 6 ranked uOttawa women’s basketball team (17-2) welcomes the University of Guelph Gryphons (11-8) to the OUA quarter-final round of playoffs. Holding down the number one spot in the OUA RPI rankings, uOttawa received a bye this past Wednesday to advance to the quarter-final round with home court advantage. The Gryphons fought off Brock University in their first round of playoffs. Coming off the win, Guelph will be a tough competitor for the Gee-Gees in this quarter-final match-up.

Tip-off is at 6 p.m., Saturday, followed by the Gee-Gees men’s playoff game against the Queen’s Gaels. Tickets for the playoff double-header are available online. The games will be webcast on OUA.tv

Guelph hosted Ottawa back in November for Ottawa’s fourth game in regular season play. The game saw the Gee-Gees eke by with 72-69 win over the Gryphons. The close game was lead by Guelph post player Kate MacTavish as she dropped a double-double with a whooping 27 points and 10 rebounds. Three other players on the Guelph roster landed double-figure points in the three-point game.

“They have three outstanding players with one of the best point guards in the country in Bridget Atkinson,” says Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks “The post has been an all-star for the past three years and is tough to handle.”

On Wednesday, Guelph swept Brock aside with a 69-51 victory which included a defensive lockdown in the third quarter when the Badgers managed just six points. Atkinson led the way with 19 points while McTavish added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

This time last year, the quarter-finals were the end of the road for the Gee-Gees. This year, Ottawa enters the playoffs as the team to beat with an impressive record of 17-2, sitting on a nice win streak of six games. The team has appeared in the OUA Final Four four times under Sparks, winning a gold medal in 2012, along with two silvers and a bronze over the past seven seasons.

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