The no. 10 ranked Gee-Gees women’s basketball team (7-1) hits the road this weekend taking on the Ryerson Rams (6-2) and the University of Toronto Varsity Blues (3-5). uOttawa is on a three-game winning streak and have performed well on the road so far this season.
Friday’s game against Toronto will test Ottawa’s off-the ball defence as ball movement and unselfish play seem to be what the Blues are about. “Toronto has been a little inconsistent but have shown the ability to score as was evident in their 91 points against Western,” notes Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. Although third-year guard Rahshida Atkinson throws up an impressive 13.8 points per game, the weight of points scored is spread amongst several players on the roster.
Saturday at Ryerson, the Gee-Gees will battle it out against one of the top teams in the CIS. Ryerson has been ranked as high as no. 2 this season and now sit in the no. 4 position. The Rams have made a name for themselves putting up the highest number of points per game (81.9) and second highest total rebounds, coming down with the ball a total of 49.8 times per game.
“Ryerson has seven exceptional players and are one of the favourites to win this year,” says Sparks. One of those players is Keneca Pingue-Giles, a fifth-year guard. Pingue-Giles nets 20.4 points per game, pinning her as the second highest scorer in the CIS. A player that has the size for the game is six-foot-four Sofia Paska. Although she is a scoring threat for the Gee-Gees to worry about, Paska really does damage off the glass averaging 9.9 rebounds per game and sits as the sixth top rebounder in the country.
The Rams took quite a blow last weekend as Queen’s came out to play and snatched an 80-74 win. Ryerson will be raring to go and motivated to reaffirm their position at the top of the ranks.
All games, both home and away, are broadcast on OUA.tv. Both Friday and Saturday’s games tip off at 6 p.m.