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Gee-Gees advance in OUA playoffs with win over York

Wednesday February 23, 2011

Women’s Basketball (14-8 OUA, 1-0 playoffs)
Hosted York (7-15 OUA, 0-1 playoffs) for OUA playoff game on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (Rogers, SSN Canada)
















Hannah Sunley-Paisley 26 points, 18 rebounds, Kim Cupid 11 points - uOttawa
Nadia Qahwash 16 points, 5 rebounds, Llyandra Kerr 11 points, 3 rebounds - York

Game Story :

York came hungry for victory in tonight’s OUA playoff match, though the OUA East third-ranked Gee-Gees were able to hold off the Lions and win 67-53 to advance in the playoffs.

“It was not a good performance by us tonight,” said head coach Andy Sparks, “I give York all the credit; they did some stuff that gave us a lot of trouble. We didn’t respond as well as we needed to.”

It wasn’t the quickest of starts for the Gee-Gees, but slow and steady they began to build up their lead through the first quarter. A pair of back-to-back treys from fifth-year guard Alexandra Roy, Montreal, Qué., gave the Gee-Gees an eight point lead to close the frame. The second was a more even battle, though the Gee-Gees extended their lead up to ten at the half.

The Lions slowly began to chip away at the Gee-Gees lead throughout the third until the score was tied with a minute remaining in the quarter. This match would come down to the fourth and final frame to decide a victor, though both teams would struggle to find the basket at the start of this deciding quarter. But then the Gee-Gees slowly began to rebuild their lead to close with the win.

Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont.,notched a double-double once again, leading the Gee-Gees with 26 points and 18 rebounds. First-year guard Kim Cupid, Toronto, Ont., tallied 11 points in her strong first half.

“I think we played ok, but we’re going to have to play a lot better if we want to do good this weekend,” said Cupid.  In commenting on the mask she’s been forced to wear since breaking her nose, Cupid said “The mask has been a distraction to me. I’m getting used to it and feeling a lot better than I did when I first started to wear it; I’m starting to adjust to it.”

“It was nice to see us respond in the last four minutes,” said Sparks on his team’s comeback, “That certainly showed some character after things going bad for such a long period of time.”

“We played like we were a team that was trying not to lose, not a team that was trying to win,” concluded Sparks, “And lack of confidence; there was not nearly enough desperation by our team.”

The Gee-Gees will now travel to Toronto for the OUA East final four to face the second place Carleton (18-4 OUA, 0-0 playoffs) on Saturday, February 26 at 4:00 p.m. for an OUA quarter-final playoff game.