The Gee-Gees continue to feature four teams in the CIS Top Ten this week, with both basketball teams ranked headed into the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic as well as the women’s hockey team and men’s swimming teams holding on to their rankings from last week. The only movement in the rankings for Ottawa came on the women’s basketball side, where the garnet and grey moved up one place to eighth position.
The women’s basketball team earned a 46-44 win over previous no. 10 Queen’s on the weekend, accounting for the bump to no. 8 while Queen’s was dropped from the Top Ten. The top six positions in the women’s basketball poll remained static this week, so there was not much room for the Gee-Gees to move up. Ottawa sports an 11-1 record in the regular season and is 18-3 overall this year. The team heads into Canadian Tire Centre on Friday riding a 7-game win streak, and will look to capture its third straight Capital Hoops crown.
The men’s basketball team enjoyed a brilliant weekend performance from fifth-year point guard Mike L’Africain. The veteran was named the uOttawa athlete of the week after pouring in 61 points with 13 assists over two wins, moving Ottawa’s regular season record to 11-1. The Gee-Gees remain in the no. 2 spot this week and will meet no. 3 ranked Carleton in the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic on Friday night at Canadian Tire Centre.
In women’s hockey, the Gee-Gees hold on to the no. 8 position this week despite suffering a loss to the Concordia Stingers. The stable ranking is a testament to the strong season that uOttawa has had, sitting in third place in the extremely competitive RSEQ conference with a 9-5-1 regular season record. The Gee-Gees have five regular season games remaining, including two at home this weekend.
There were no competitions for the men’s swimming team this weekend as the team rests following a heavy training schedule. The OUA Championships will take place at Western University, and Ottawa will enter that meet as the second-ranked Ontario conference school. The Gee-Gees, at no. 6, are just ahead of their rivals from Guelph University and will look to defeat the Gryphons from February 11-13.