The Gee-Gees are getting set for a stretch of five of their next six games outside of Ottawa as they travel down to meet Western and Windsor this Friday and Saturday. Their only game in Ottawa before February 20 is the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on February 6.
OUA North division leading Gee-Gees (7-4) are 2-1 in 2015 and were handed some familiar hardship last weekend as they lost Danielle Marion to a knee injury, likely sidelining her for the remainder of the season. Marion joins Catherine Traer, Katherine Lemoine, and Sarah Besselink on the injured list. The remaining healthy veterans will be called upon to step up even more as the season is now closer to the end than the beginning. They did just that in their game last Saturday as four of the five starters recorded double-digit scoring.
Younger players Akpene Kwamie, Ariane Lefevbre, and Kellie Forand have shown promise and will also be counted on to play an increased role from here on out.
The struggling Western Mustangs (3-8) are trying to climb out of the OUA’s basement. Gee-Gees have taken two of the last three meetings with the Mustangs. With the Gee-Gees coming off two nail-biting contests, they’ll look to establish an early, more manageable lead on the Mustangs in this one. The Mustangs are 1-4 at home and sit in the bottom third in most OUA statistical categories. They have two players, guards Caroline Wolynski and Mackenzie Puklicz, each averaging 12 points per game, but as a team put up 58 points per game and surrender 68.
As for the Gee-Gees, they’ve beat themselves in a few categories. They’ll look to rectify their poor free throw shooting, the second worst in the OUA, and their recent struggles finishing underneath the basket.
Saturday’s bill will feature uOttawa taking on the country’s top ranked team, the Windsor Lancers (9-1). Windsor’s high-powered offence is averaging 78 points per game, tops in the CIS, but the Gee-Gees know how to put points up as well, averaging 70 points per game.
A Gee-Gees outside shooting game that’s gone cold in recent weeks will need to be on point for it to be close at the end. Although, the Lancers are fourth best in the CIS in limiting the outside shot. Another key is the way uOttawa has found a way to create points off their opponent’s mistakes of late.
Last Friday, the Gee-Gees held the country’s leading scorer Jylisa Williams to well below her average and will want to do the same to Korissa Williams of Windsor, their most dangerous scorer, however the Lancers really spread the scoring around like no other team. They have eight players contributing six or more points each game.
uOttawa will look to end a four game losing streak against the Lancers. The Gee-Gees have not beat the Lancers since the OUA Gold Medal Game in 2012.
Don’t miss any of the action as both games this weekend will be on OUA.tv.