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Bytown Battle won with big game from Soriano

Saturday January 16, 2016
Gee-Gees in action
Richard A. Whittaker

The no. 9 ranked Gee-Gees women’s basketball team took a two-game lead in the OUA North Division, defeating the Carleton Ravens 69-56 in their home court on Saturday night to move its regular season record to 7-1.

The air was tense within the Raven’s Nest as the Gee-Gees fought to keep the lead throughout the game finally pulling away in the fourth quarter. The Ravens managed to stay within single digits of the Gee-Gees in the physical game which saw many players hit the floor scraping up loose balls and stray rebounds.

“We defended the post very well and Katherine Lemoine did a very nice job on Lindsay for sure,” noted head coach Andy Sparks on the Gee-Gees defensive end of the game.

Lemoine held Heather Lindsay, Carleton’s leading forward, to just eight points this game with the help of some double-down pressure from teammates on the perimeter.

“Julia Soriano was huge,” boasted Sparks of his 5-foot-2 guard. For the Gee-Gees, a burst of energy came from the fourth-year guard who netted 18 points in 3-pointers alone, a personal high, aiding the team’s remarkable 42.9 per cent from beyond the arc. Soriano ended with a game high of 23 points in her name. Soriano’s contributions didn’t end at offence, as she picked up two rebounds and three steals for the Gee-Gees. Kellie Ring was also a force for Ottawa as she put up 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists to help her team come away with the victory.

The Raven contributions to the scoreboard were evenly dispersed between players Stephanie Carr, Alexandra Trivieri, Heather Lindsay, scoring 11, 9, and 8 points respectively. Notably, Lindsay Suprunchuck coming off the bench for the Ravens dropped 14 points and was their team high. Carleton’s post players, Suprunchuck and Lindsay, battled hard in the paint walking away with 10 rebounds a piece.

Ottawa will next travel to Toronto to take on the Varsity Blues (3-5), and the no. 2 ranked Ryerson Rams (6-2).