The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team suited up for the first time in 2014-15 on Monday evening, travelling to Montreal to play the Manhattan Jaspers, a division one squad from the Metro Atlantic Conference. The Jaspers used a zone defence and strong post play to stifle the Gee-Gees inside and handed uOttawa a 65-58 loss.
Fifth-year guard Stephanie MacDonald led the garnet and grey on the score sheet, scoring 16, while sophomore forward Sarah Besselink notched 11 points, five steals, and a team high nine rebounds. Newcomer Jennifer Crowe scored eight points and recorded seven rebounds, while Isabelle Dion turned in a strong defensive performance in her Gee-Gees debut.
It was a balanced scoring effort for the Jaspers, as five different players tallied at least seven points.
Ottawa trailed 31-16 at halftime after initially jumping to an 8-7 lead. Head coach Andy Sparks admitted that his team wasn’t prepared to face a zone, and as the Jaspers stuck with the defensive switch the Gee-Gees fell well back, outscored 21-8 in the second quarter. “We were certainly better in a man-to-man situation,” noted Sparks, who enters his seventh season at uOttawa.
The Jaspers then led 52-36 after three quarters before the Gee-Gees mounted a comeback effort in the fourth. After shooting just 17 per cent from the floor in the first half, Ottawa bounced back with a 14-37 second half, including hitting six three-pointers.
Manhattan held on to the lead thanks to 13 second half free throws, and got to the line twice as often (29 times) in the contest.
Manhattan will also play Carleton, McGill, and UQAM during their tour.
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Ottawa 8 8 20 22 58
Manhattan 10 21 21 13 65