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Sparksational! Gee-Gees coach wins first career game

Friday November 7, 2008

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (1-1 OUA, 5-5 overall) 
At Western Ontario (1-1) Friday November 7 (6:00 p.m.):

HALF GAME 
uOttawa 45  72 
WO  33  71 
Melina Wishart – 23 points, 5 rebounds - uOttawa 
Bess Lennox – 15 points, 15 rebounds - Western Ontario

HEADLINE: Sparksational! Gee-Gees coach wins first career game 
GAME STORY: 
Late-arriving coach architect Andy Sparks is building a team fast, winning his first career CIS game Friday as the upstart Gee-Gees pulled off a 72-71 upset at Western Ontario.

“To be honest, it wasn’t where we thought we would have our first win,” said Sparks, a legendary coach in the high school ranks who took just two games to earn his first CIS victory.

“We really didn’t think it was the weekend where we would get our first win and to get it on the first night is a good step.

“We just need to make sure this isn’t going to be our biggest win.”

Sparks, 50, was named Gee-Gees head coach in late July and had no time to recruit prospective talent.

The lineup was essentially the same 3-19 team from last season that didn’t earn its’ first win until January.

Third-year guard Melina Wishart scored 23 points, including hitting four of five three-point baskets in a 28-point second quarter as the Gee-Gees rolled to a 12-point lead into the half, 45-33.

Second-year Gee-Gees guard Emilie Morasse hit the winning basket to finish with 19 points in the historic contest with three rebounds.

The Gee-Gees visit No. 3 Windsor (2-0) Saturday, November 8 (6:00 p.m.).

PHOTO: Dominique Poirier