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Gee-Gees capture win in final home game

Saturday January 30, 2010

Women’s basketball (10-8 OUA, 18-13 overall)

Hosted Toronto (7-11 OUA) at Montpetit Hall on Saturday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

   Half     Game
Toronto  28     57
uOttawa   25    69

Nicki Schutz, 15 points, 10 rebounds; Megan Stoncius, 14 points, 8 rebounds - Toronto
Hannah Sunley-Paisley, 30 points, 9 rebounds; Melina Wishart, 16 points - uOttawa

The Gee-Gees are back on the winning side with a 69-57 victory over the OUA No. 6 ranked Varsity Blues in their final home game of the regular season.

Melina Wishart (Ottawa, Ont.) contributed largely to the Gee-Gees taking the lead with her 13 points in the third quarter. “Now’s the time that we just don’t have any room for mistakes. Tonight was a big game, so it’s good we came away with the win.”

The Gee-Gees crept out of the first quarter with at 15-12 lead over the Varsity Blues. But Toronto turned it up in the second half, and the tables were flipped heading into the half as the Gee-Gees trailed by three points.

uOttawa trailed the Varsity Blues throughout the third quarter, but kept them in sight and a run of points in the final minutes handed the Gee-Gees a 53-45 advantage heading into the fourth. The Gee-Gees continued to run away with the game in the final quarter, lengthening their lead to 12 points for a decisive win over Toronto.

In a brief ceremony before the start of this last home game, uOttawa head coach Andy Sparks paid tribute to members of the team that are graduating or leaving uOttawa after this year. Melina Wishart (Ottawa, Ont.), Émilie Morasse (Québec, Qué.), Kelly Weir (Ottawa, Ont.), Courtney Berquist (Calgary, Alb.), Marie-Ève Caouette (Québec, Qué.) were all honoured tonight and applauded by Sparks for their dedication through the challenges of being a student-athlete.

“We really needed a win. We were a little tight in the first half. [You could see] a little bit of nerves by some of those seniors,” said head coach Andy Sparks.

Wishart, in her fourth year and possibly playing in her final home game, was a little emotional after the game. In reflecting on her career, she identified “the sports, and teammates and friends you make are irreplaceable. I’m so lucky that I got to meet the girls and play with the girls that I did.”

The Gee-Gees travel to Laurentian in their next game on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. They will take on York the following night, February 6, in Toronto at 6:00 p.m.