Sitting tied for second in the OUA East and two points back of Carleton, the uOttawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team embarks on their final road trip of the regular season to take on the Queen’s Gaels, the team they’re tied with, and the 7–11 York Lions.
Queen’s will look to replicate their overtime winning performance of two weekends ago in which they scored 14 points in the extra frame to down the Gee-Gees. uOttawa didn’t do themselves any favours in that one, shooting just 25 per cent from the field.
“This weekend our team needs to focus on playing a full 40 minutes of basketball,” says rookie guard Sarah Besselink, who has seen her minutes elevated in recent games following a rash of injuries. She’ll be a key piece to helping the team return with four points.
“We know we will be in tough against Queen’s in their gym, but we know what to expect. We will be working in practice all week to make sure we can handle their ball pressure and overall physicality.”
The Gaels and Gee-Gees match up quite well. Neither team show significant disparity in any of the statistical categories. So it will come down to execution on the court, something uOttawa learned from their last meeting and will surely have in mind when they step onto it this time.
“We know we have to simply be better,” adds Besselink, who’s started each of the last four games. “We know that we have all the tools, it's just a matter of putting them all together and playing as a team.”
Saturday the Gee-Gees will be back in Toronto to face the York Lions. uOttawa got the better of them in their last meeting at Montpetit Hall, scoring 55 points in the final three quarters en route to a 22-point win.
Despite being 10 points behind the Gee-Gees and Gaels in the standings, the Lions have more or less solidified a playoff spot and have six victories in the last eight outings on their season resume.
But the Gee-Gees know their style of game and were able to significantly limit York’s attempts at the basket from inside the arc and in the paint the last time they met.
“We’ve certainly learned many things about our team and what we need to move forward as we head into our final four regular season games,” says Besselink. “I think this weekend will be a great opportunity to prove ourselves and prove who we really are and want to be as a team.”
Both games this weekend will be available on SSN Canada.