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Gee-Gees Edge Out Brock for Home-Opener Win

Friday November 5, 2010

Women’s Basketball (1-0 OUA, 4-4 overall)

















Hannah Sunley-Paisley 25 points, 21 rebounds, Sarah Nolette 12 points, 4 rebounds - uOttawa

Hillary Woodside 20 points, 1 rebound, Tara Giallonardo 13 points, 5 rebounds – Brock

Despite coming out flying in the first quarter, the Gee-Gees had to fight through the final frame to capture tonight’s slim 58-55 win over the Brock Badgers.

The Gee-Gees came out firing in the first quarter, leading 25-10 after the ten minutes. The second quarter saw the Badgers begin to edge back as uOttawa had their lowest scoring quarter of only six points. In the fourth quarter, Brock pushed for the win, coming within one point of the Gee-Gees. But to Gee-Gees advantage, the Badgers missed multiple foul shots in the last minute.

Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 25 points and secured an incredible 21 rebounds. The Gee-Gees amassed 32 turnovers over the course of the game, which would have guaranteed a loss had they not snagged 46 rebounds to Brock’s 24.

Playing with a short bench and a large number of rookies due to injuries, Head Coach Andy Sparks identified tonight as “a great experience for our first-year kids. The win was important for us, it was a home win and we got through it.”

First-year guard Sarah Nolette (Edmonton, Alb.) sank 12 points for the Gee-Gees to contribute to tonight’s win. Referring to being short players, Nolette said “We knew we couldn’t dwell on the fact that we were short. It’s not something that we could change.

“We showed moments of excellent execution, but we’re young and inexperienced,” said Sparks, “So when things started to change a little bit, we’re not responding to the changes that well. This has the chance to be a very good team, but it’s got a lot to do to get there.”

Catch the Gee-Gees in action again tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. as they take on Guelph at Montpetit Hall. (SSN Canada)