The uOttawa women’s basketball team had a successful weekend on the road, winning the second game of the weekend 62-44 against the Nipissing Lakers. uOttawa is now 3-0 in regular season play. The Gee-Gees got off to a slower than normal start, but turned it around in the second half to finish the game strong.
“Nipissing made us work really hard for the win tonight,” says Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks.
The first quarter showed Nipissing had done their homework, playing uOttawa veteran Julia Soriano extremely tight. Rising to the challenge, Soriano sunk a perfect three-point shot mid-way through the period. Tied at 11 points, Nipissing went on a good run to finish the quarter ahead 18-16. The Lakers also held Ottawa under 20 points in the first quarter for the first time this season.
uOttawa fought back in the second period with smothering defence, forcing panicked turnovers, and draining Nipissing’s shot clock twice. North Bay native, Ariane Lefebvre picked up a big steal at half court, making the easy layup. Soriano, the definition of hustle, made a steal off an inbound in Nipissing’s end, and then prevented a breakaway layup on the very next play.
Ottawa stretched the lead to 13 points in the third quarter and continued to pull away in the fourth. The Gee-Gees out-rebounded Nipissing on both ends, capitalizing on turnovers and even paralyzing an inbound pass from Nipissing at one point late in the fourth.
“Overall the bench had a pretty good weekend, they were reasonably productive, especially today. It was a growing weekend, a tough road weekend. There’s much work to be done, we’re still trying to figure things out offensively,” explains Sparks.
The Gee-Gees will host the home opener next Friday night against McMaster on December 2 at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale online at tickets.geegees.ca.