Two very important players made their return to the court last weekend when the uOttawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team played out two more games on their pre-season schedule. The team travelled to the University of Prince Edward Island where they took victories over Acadia University and the University of PEI while Kellie Ring and Angela Tilk made their returns to the court.
Ring had been rehabilitating after suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Carleton Ravens in February which required surgery. After several months and countless hours of training, Ring made her long awaited return to the court last weekend versus Acadia University. She scored 10 points and also dished out five assists in her return while Angela Tilk, also returning from injury, recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“It was amazing to be back and playing in an actual game. It was definitely different from practice, but it was great to just get back out there again and play the game,” said third-year point guard Kellie Ring. “Being sidelined for so long was definitely awful. You want to help the team out but you can`t. Looking at it now from a different perspective, it helped me truly understand the game and what I need to do in order to be a better player.”
“It was nice to see those girls on the court again. What was even better is that they came in right away and had good performances. Any time you come back from injury you have to shake off the rust a bit and get back into your routine. Both players will be big parts of this year’s team so it was great to have them back,” commented head coach Andy Sparks.
The team won their Friday night game versus Acadia by a final score of 74-43. Angela Tilk was named player of the game for her solid performance. On Saturday night the team hung on to take a 73-64 win versus UPEI. Third-year Maddie Stephen impressed as she scored 16 points and 14 rebounds while Stephanie MacDonald added 15 points and 6 assists.
Off-season additions Stephanie MacDonald and Angela Tilk will be looked upon to provide support on and off the court this season. “I think we were a very young team last year and it showed throughout the season. I think once again we will hit our stride more towards the second half because we have so many new faces playing together for the first time,” said Sparks. “I look forward to seeing how this team evolves.”
The Gee-Gees will close out their pre-season this weekend as they travel to New York where they play in two high paced and difficult games. They will play versus Iona College on Friday and Monroe College on Saturday. The team will be looking to add more wins to their 6-1 pre-season record.
GEE-GEES CIS PRESEASON RESULTS:
Ottawa 57 @ UQAM 48
Ottawa 50 @ McGill 74
Ottawa 75 vs Waterloo 34
Ottawa 73 vs Acadia 43
Ottawa 71 vs UPEI 63