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Gee-Gees continue to show they can compete

Saturday January 8, 2011

Women’s Basketball (6-4 OUA)

Hosted Ryerson (2-9 OUA) on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (SSN Canada)

















Ashley MacDonald 15 points, 4 rebounds; Kelsey Wright 13 points, 1 rebound – Ryerson

Jenna Gilbert 15 points, 12 rebounds; Alex Naylor 12 points, 10 rebounds; Hannah Sunley-Paisley 11 points, 14 rebounds – uOttawa

The Gee-Gees improve their winning streak to three straight games after a convincing 75-47 victory over the Ryerson Rams (2-9 OUA)Saturday evening at Montpetit Hall.

Despite a slow start to the game, which saw a scoreless first four minutes of play, the Gee-Gees went on to dramatically improve both their offensive and defensive play in the next two quarters, outscoring the Rams 52-17.

“We didn’t make shots early, but we had great looks early,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “So even though it was thirteen all after the first quarter, we had a lot of good opportunities in that first quarter that we didn’t take. And then we made some of the same shots in the second quarter and everything looked good. The second and third quarters were certainly solid.”

Second-year forward Alex Naylor, Calgary, Alta., sank a beautiful three point buzzer beater to expand the Gee-Gees’ lead to 39-24 heading into halftime. Naylor went on to finish 4-6 from the arc and was the Gee-Gees second leading scorer with 12 points.

Leading the team in scoring was third-year centre Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa, Ont., with 15 points, 12 rebounds. Second-year guard Kayte Chase, Cornwall, Ont., also had a solid performance for the garnet and grey, going 6-8 at the foul line and picking up four assists and five turnovers.

“We have a lot to prove this half of the season because we did not do as well as we hoped to do in the first half,” said Chase. “So we’re hoping that people realize that we are a team that can make these important wins.”

Likewise, Sparks says that winning both games this weekend was an important way to start of the second half of the season: “We needed to have a weekend with a couple of statements games to show that we are actually a team tat is to be reckoned. And I think, in a way, that was probably a good statement game for us.” 

“All of these steps, beating a ranked team yesterday and then handling this team today, I think will certainly help the girls feel like they are ready to move forward.”

The Gee-Gees will look to prolong their winning streak on the road next weekend when they face RMC (1-10 OUA) on Friday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. followed by Queen’s (5-6 OUA) on Saturday, January 15, at 6:00 p.m.