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Women’s Basketball Weekend Preview: hosting Toronto and Ryerson

Thursday January 6, 2011

Women’s Basketball (4-4 OUA)

vs. Toronto Varsity Blues (7-2 OUA) on January 7, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall

vs. Ryerson Rams (2-7 OUA) on January 8, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall

The Gee-Gees will look to push their record to the winning side this weekend as they host Toronto and Ryerson in 2011’s opening action.

The Gee-Gees finished their holiday tournament at Windsor with one win, as they faced the OUA teams with the two best records and ranked number one and five in Canada. The Gee-Gees faced nationally ranked number five Western on December 29 and lost 56-45. The following day, the Gee-Gees faced number one ranked nationally and tournament hosts Windsor and fell 66-42. The Gee-Gees were able to finish off the tournament on a positive note, triumphing 60-47 over Trinity Western.

“Both games [against Windsor and Western] we competed most of the way until midway through the fourth,” said head coach Andy Sparks highlighting the teams strong effort in competing with this these nationally ranked teams.

First-year guard Sarah Nolette, Edmonton, Alta., was named a tournament all-star based on her solid performance over the course of the tournament. “She made shots and was leading scorer for us in the tournament,” said Sparks, “It [all-star team] is a real positive for her.”

Looking to this weekend, Sparks says “Nothing is going to be easy where we are, as it would be if we had a full contingency. If we play well, we’ll be ok this weekend.”

Toronto controls the top spot in the OUA East with the Gee-Gees sitting just behind in third. Toronto is also currently ranked ninth in Canada and beat number one nationally ranked Windsor in mid-November as well as upsetting number four nationally Victoria in Christmas break action. Ryerson currently holds the sixth position in the OUA East.

Still racked with injuries, a depleted Gee-Gees squad will be facing their Southern Ontario competition.

“We’re asking that the veterans that are here play like veterans; that we get some good games from them this weekend” explained Sparks of the extra pressure placed on players due to all the injuries facing the team. “And our rookies aren’t rookies anymore; they’ve been playing 30 minutes per game since the start of the year. We’re asking them to step it up in the second half.”

“It’ll be two good games for the fans,” said Sparks. Gee-Gees fans - come out this weekend to Montpetit Hall and support your uOttawa Gee-Gees as they take on Toronto and Ryerson in key home game match-ups. Remember, the first 200 uOttawa students get in for free! 

Injuries:

-third-year centre Stephanie Deboer, Waterloo, Ont. – day to day

-second-year forward Alex Naylor, Calgary, Alb. – day to day

-first-year guard Emilie Cyr, Montreal, Qué. – day to day

-second-year guard Catherine Cloutier,St-Hubert, Qué. – week to week

-second-year guard Kayte Chase, Cornwall, Ont. – week to week

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