Women’s Basketball (5-3 OUA)
At York (1-7 OUA), Friday January 4, 18 :00
At Laurentian (3-5 OUA), Saturday January 5, 18 :00
Coming off a 2-1 performance at UQAM’s Classique des Citadins from December 28-30, the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team travels to York University to open the new year against the 1-7 Lions on Friday evening. The second game of the weekend will take the Gee-Gees to Sudbury for a matchup with the 3-5 Laurentian Voyageurs
Kellie Ring was named tournament MVP at UQAM, where Ottawa scored large victories over Bishop’s and the host Citadins while losing their middle game to Laval by a score of 72-68 when the Rouge et Or connected on four three pointers in the final two minutes of the game. Head coach Andy Sparks also lamented poor free throw shooting and missed layups as some of the issues against Laval which cost the team the victory. « We had highs and lows at the tournament, as we have all year, » said Sparks, « But I think our lows are not as low as they have been. We’re moving forward. »
The Gee-Gees enter the divisional stretch of the OUA schedule sitting in second spot in the East standings. At 5-3 the team is one game behind the first place Carleton Ravens and one game ahead of the two third place teams, Toronto and Queen’s. The team is on a four-game regular season winning streak, which has been powered by a potent team offense. The Gee-Gees rank ninth in the CIS in points scored per game, and are second in the OUA in that category.
The Gee-Gees also currently lead the country in offensive rebounding and are fourth in total rebounds per game. That strength should be on display this weekend as both York and Laurentian have struggled to control the boards so far.
Defensively, the Gee-Gees will be challenged for the first time by two of the league’s top scoring guards. York’s attack is led by dangerous rookie Cyrielle Recoura. The 5-7 native of France is averaging 15.9 points per game and already has two twenty-point performances this season Meanwhile, Laurentian’s Sasha Polishchuk is leading the OUA in scoring with 19.4 points per game and posted 38 points against Western. The senior guard is playing her first season with Laurentian after two seasons at Gonzaga University.
York has suffered two losses by just two points while Laurentian has earned wins over two teams which defeated uOttawa, McMaster and Western.
Both games will be carried live on SSN Canada.