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Women’s Basketball: On the Road to Windsor and Western

Thursday November 18, 2010

Women’s Basketball (3-1 OUA, 6-5 overall)

@ Windsor Lancers (3-1 OUA) on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

@ Western Mustangs (4-0 OUA) on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

The Gee-Gees will face tough competition in two final games on the road this weekend before being able to return to Montpetit Hall for their last two games before the Christmas break. The Gee-Gees will take on number two in the country Windsor on Friday night and the undefeated CIS fourth-ranked Western Mustangs on Saturday.

“This is a big weekend for us,’ said Head Coach Andy Sparks, “We need to prove that we’ll compete.”

“The girls need to come motivated and not be concerned about who you’re playing. The first-year girls can’t be afraid to be in pressure situations; they [Windsor and Western] are going to come against us really hard.”

The Gee-Gees closed out this past weekend on the road with one win and one loss, taking a dominating 64-38 win over Waterloo though falling 57-38 to undefeated Laurier the following night.

Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) led the Gee-Gees in scoring both nights, netting 42 points between the two games and 16 rebounds. Sunley-Paisley is second in the OUA for points per game and first in rebounding.

As impressive as Sunley-Paisley’s numbers are, Sparks identified the team would “need more production from more players [this weekend]. We can’t just be a team that relies on her [Sunley-Paisley].”

“We have to continue to try to build and compete every play,” summarized Sparks, “Regardless of what happens this weekend, the key is for us to get better.”

The Gee-Gees are excited to have second-year guard Kayte Chase (Cornwall, Ont.) and first-year guard Emilie Cyr (Montreal, Qué.) back in the active roster this weekend, even if only in a limited role. For their final games before Christmas, at home on November 26-27, Sparks expects to have just about their full roster playing.

Injuries:

-third-year centre Stephanie Deboer (Waterloo, Ont.) – week to week

-fourth-year guard Alexandra Roy (Montreal, Qué.) – week to week

-first-year guard Elissa Dewit (Cornwall, Ont.) – week to week