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Women's basketball: At McMaster for CIS Championship this weekend

Wednesday March 10, 2010

Weekend preview

Women’s basketball (12-10 OUA regular season, 3-1 playoffs)
@ 2010 CIS women’s basketball championships at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario March 12-14. (Shaw Cable 14, SSN Canada)

Please note: The women’s basketball quarter final game against Windsor will be broadcast live on Rogers (cable 22) at 1 p.m. Friday, March 12.

uOttawa will participate in their second consecutive national championship beginning on Friday afternoon when they meet the OUA champion Windsor Lancers at 1 p.m.

The tournament will be played at the Burridge gymnasium on the campus of McMaster University.

The Gee-Gees and Lancers met in Ottawa for last weekend’s OUA final, with Windsor coming out on top 83-55.

uOttawa head coach Andy Sparks is excited about returning to the big dance for the second straight year and says the Gee-Gees will be ready to play on Friday afternoon in Steeltown.

“We realize that Windsor beat us last weekend, but we’ve had a week to prepare for the tournament and feel that there’s a certain advantage opening up against an opponent that we’re familiar with,” Sparks said.

“We feel that we can score points against Windsor but will have to pay special attention to defence to be successful. I think that we’re going to surprise a lot of people at the nationals.”

Tournament Seeds and Schedule

No. 1 Simon Fraser Clan (Canada West champions) enter the tournament as the top seed for the third straight season and for the fourth time in six years.
No. 2 Windsor Lancers (OUA champions)
No. 3 Saskatchewan Huskies (Canada West bronze medallists) 
No. 4 Regina Cougars (Canada West finalists)
No. 5 Laval Rouge et Or (QSSF champions)
No. 6 Cape Breton Capers (AUS champions) 
No. 7 uOttawa Gee-Gees (OUA finalists)
No. 8 McMaster Marauders (tournament hosts)

Friday, March 12
Quarter final: 1:00 p.m. EST uOttawa vs. Windsor 
Quarter final 2: 3:00 p.m. EST Cape Breton vs. Saskatchewan  
Quarter final 3: 6:00 p.m. EST McMaster vs. Simon Fraser  
Quarter Final 4: 8:00 p.m. EST Laval vs. Regina 
  
Saturday, March 13 
Consolation Game 1: 1:00 p.m. EST  
Consolation Game 2: 3:00 p.m. EST 
Semi final 1: 6:00 p.m. EST
Semi final 2: 8:00 p.m. EST

Sunday, March 14 
5th place game: 10:00 a.m. EST
Bronze medal game: Noon EST
Gold medal final game: 3:00 p.m. EST (TSN 2)

Gee-Gees Team Profile

Head coach: Andy Sparks (2nd season)

2009-2010 regular season record: 12-10

2009-2010 regular season standing: 4th OUA East (9th overall OUA)

2009-2010 playoff record: 3-1 

2009-2010 playoff finish: OUA finalists

Conference award winners (OUA East): Hannah Sunley-Paisley (MVP)

Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Hannah Sunley-Paisley

CIS championship appearances: 2010, 2009, 2005, 2004

CIS championship all-time record: 3-5

CIS championship best result: 5th (2005)

CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (Tied 7th)

CIS championship sequence: second consecutive appearance, fourth in seven years.

For more information log on to the CIS championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wbkb