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Eastern rivals visit Montpetit Hall

Thursday January 23, 2014
Richard A. Whittaker

The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team returns to Montpetit Hall this weekend, hosting York and Queen’s to complete a stretch of five games in nine nights. Ottawa dropped to no. 10 in the CIS Top Ten this week following a loss to Toronto last weekend, but are back on the right track thanks to a 57-47 victory over Carleton at the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic which has elevated the garnet and grey into top spot in the OUA East at 10-4.

Second-year point guard Julia Soriano had a breakthrough performance for the Gee-Gees in the Classic, posting 12 points while efficiently running the offence. Her continued presence will be a key factor this weekend, as well as the play of the Gee-Gees’ post players who have come on strong in recent games. Angela Tilk recorded her third consecutive double-double on Tuesday night, bucketing 17 points and grabbing ten rebounds, and Maddie Stephen had her second straight double-double with 13 rebounds and ten points.

The Lions come into the weekend with a 5-9 record, but are on a roll since the winter break. York has won four straight, including wins over Toronto and Ryerson, which has elevated them into fifth place in the OUA East. York has proven to be a low-scoring but successful defensive unit, so the Gee-Gees will need to focus on continuing to click on the offensive end.

The Gaels bring a higher octane offence, producing an average of 63.4 points a game to the Gee-Gees’ 65.3. This weekend will be big for the Gaels as they sit just behind the Gee-Gees and Ravens at 9-5 on the season and in third place in the OUA East. Fourth-year guard Liz Boag has been a thorn in Ottawa’s side in recent years and is having another fine season with a 10.9 scoring average, one of three Gaels to average double-digits. Queen’s is led by third-year wing Jenny Wright, who averages 12.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  

Both games tip off at 6 p.m. and will be webcast on SSN Canada.