2010 Capital Hoops Classic Preview
Women’s Basketball (9-6 OUA, 18-11 overall)
Host Carleton (11-4 OUA) Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 6:00 p.m. at Scotiabank Place (Rogers, SSN Canada)
The Gee-Gees are currently ranked No. 4 in the OUA East while the Ravens are in the top spot.
The Gee-Gees went 1-1 last weekend at home, defeating RMC 59-29 on Friday night before losing to Queen’s 66-64 on Saturday evening.
Carleton won both of their home games last weekend edging Queen’s 64-62 on Friday evening followed by a 67-36 victory over RMC on Saturday night.
The Ravens go into Wednesday night’s contest with one of the stingiest defences in the OUA giving up an average of 54.47 points per game. uOttawa’s average is 59.87 PPG.
Third-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) leads the OUA in scoring with 283 points and an average of 18.8 points per game. Sunley-Paisley is third in the league with a 10.7 rebounds per game average followed by Carleton’s Ines Jelic who sits in fifth place with 9.4 RPG.
The Ravens’ Alyson Bush is fourth in the OUA in individual steals with a total of 42 and an average of 2.8 per game while Sunley-Paisley occupies sixth place with 40 steals and a 2.6 per game average.
uOttawa and Carleton have played against each other on two occasions already this season with Carleton winning both times. On November 3, 2009 the Ravens defeated the Gee-Gees 70-46 then on December in a tournament in Montreal Carleton won again 59-53.
At last year’s Capital Hoops Classic Carleton defeated uOttawa 62-53.
“This is a game where we shouldn’t feel a lot of pressure,” said Gee-Gees head coach, Andy Sparks.
“We’re not the favourites but I feel that if we [uOttawa] play well, we’re going to be in the game. I think the outcome can go either way because of that.
“We’ve played them twice so far this season, the second time we were a lot more competitive than the first and I’m hoping that’s something we will build on.”
The first Capital Hoops Classic, held in January 2007, set a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) regular-season record by drawing 9,720 fans.
Last year’s event saw 10,523 in attendance – another regular-season CIS record.