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Gee-Gees battle Gaels in East semi

Thursday February 21, 2013

Women’s basketball (16-4 OUA, no. 9 CIS)

Host Queen’s (7-13 OUA) on Saturday, February 23rd 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

After a first round playoff bye, the Gee-Gees will begin their quest for a second straight OUA championship title. In order to reach their goal, the Gee-Gees will need to show consistency and take important victories when they matter most, starting on Saturday night when they tip off against the Queen’s Gaels.

Despite having lost seven of their final eight games of the season, the Gaels were able to upset the Ryerson Rams 86-64 on Wednesday night. They executed their game plan effectively versus the Rams which was a key element in handing Ryerson a first round loss. Liz Boag and Jenny Wright were stellar for the Gaels as they contributed to the victory by scoring 24 and 18 points,  including six treys from the hands of Boag.

Fans should expect to see more threes on Saturday, as both teams ranked amongst the country’s highest in three pointers made per game during the regular season. Jenna Gilbert was a major contributor when she was healthy for the Gee-Gees during the regular season as she shot 41.7 per cent from long range.

In their prior meetings this season, the Gee-Gees were victorious by large margins in both contests. However, the Gaels have proven that the regular season truly has no significance come playoff time, as they were able to defeat Ryerson by 22 points despite having dropped both contests versus the Rams in the regular season.  

“We know what this team can do offensively, they have very good players that can hurt us if we leave them unattended,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “We will have to take control of the tempo and play our style of play in order to keep them on their heels. We have played them twice this season so we know how to prepare. It’s just a matter of executing and playing with consistency.”

At an unfortunate time of the season, the Gee-Gees will be without starters Maddie Stephen and Kellie Ring on Saturday night. Stephen is ranked second in the country in rebounding with 11.4 rebounds per game while Ring is ranked fourth in assists totals with 5.0 per game.

Katherine Lemoine is also unlikely to play on the weekend as she has not been able to take part in practice due to the flu. “It’s times like this where you see what your team is made of. With key players out of the line-up it will be important that our role players step up and perform,” Sparks said about his injury stricken team.

The game will be broadcast on SSN Canada. Should the Gee-Gees win the game, they would host the OUA East Final on Saturday, March 2.