WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (1-0 Playoffs, 15-7 OUA, 21-10 OVERALL):
Hosted Carleton (1-1 playoffs, 14-8 OUA) for OUA East semifinal Saturday, February 21 (3:00 p.m.) at Montpetit Hall(SSN Canada)(Rogers Television)
Carleton 26 49
uOttawa 25 56
Tanya Perry - 12 points, three rebounds – Carleton
Courtney Smith – 12 points, two rebounds - Carleton
Allison Forbes – 12 points, five rebounds - uOttawa
HEADLINE: Slipper still on for Cinderella Gee-Gees
Fourth-year transfer guard Allison Forbes scored 12 points including the final free-throw in Gee-Gees women’s basketball 56-49 playoff win over Carleton Saturday afternoon.
“Coach had us extremely well prepared,” gleamed Forbes, as the Gee-Gees avenged two regular season losses against the Ravens to advance to Wednesday’s OUA East final (6:00 p.m.), at Toronto (1-0 Playoffs, 17-5 OUA), for the first time since February 27, 2005.
“We will definitely be ready,” said Forbes.
The Gee-Gees broke through a tightly defended game that featured a swing of no more than four points for a six-point lead in the late stages of the fourth quarter.
“You prepare them for a game, but when it comes to getting on the court, that’s their job,” said Gee-Gees first-year head coach Andy Sparks. “I don’t think they are afraid.”
Raven fourth-year guard Tanya Perry was carried off the court with 6:37 remaining in the third quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. She did not return.
“When arguably our best player doesn’t play you try to fill gaps,” said Raven head coach Taffe Charles. “It was hard to overcome.”
The Gee-Gees, which won a dozen more regular season games this year after a 3-19 finish in 2007-08, held the lead just twice in the first half but kept the score close as Perry scored 12 points in 18 minutes – both game-highs at that point – for a 26-25 Ravens lead at the half.
A two-point lob inside by second-year post Hannah Sunley-Paisley with time ticking gave the Gee-Gees a tree-point lead (40-37) through three quarters.
“I wasn’t ready for the season to end today,” said uOttawa fourth-year guard Kyrie Love, after an inspired eight points and four rebounds over 22 minutes. “I didn’t want any coulda, wouldas.”