Women’s Basketball (12-10 OUA, 3-1 playoff)
Hosted Windsor (21-1 OUA, 3-0 playoff) Saturday, March 6, 3:00 p.m. at the Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada, Radio Canada)
Jessica Clemencon, 19 points, 6 rebounds – Windsor
Émilie Morasse, 11 points, 8 rebounds – uOttawa
A silver medal is nothing to scoff at, but it`s not the ending the Gee-Gees were seeking in tonight`s OUA Championship against the Windsor Lancers.
It was a déjà vu for the Gee-Gees as they faced the Lancers for the second year in a row in the OUA finals, and for the second year in a row Windsor triumphed over uOttawa, this year in a 83-55 victory.
Fighting against the height of the Lancers, it took the Gee-Gees until midway through the first quarter to find their groove. But entering the second quarter, the Gee-Gees struggled to penetrate the paint and drive to the basket, producing only seven points.
With an equal number of field goal attempts by both Windsor and uOttawa at half, it was the 50% accuracy of the Lancers compared to the Gee-Gees 21% that produced the 46-19 split in favour of the Lancers after two quarters.
A key aspect to the Lancers dominance on the scoreboard was their stifling of OUA player of the year, Gee-Gees Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.), who went scoreless in the first half, with no shots in the first quarter and with only three field goal attempts in the second quarter.
`` They took Hannah out of the game so it put a lot of pressure on other players. We wanted to shut down their tall players, but it didn`t happen,`` commented third-year forward Jade Fair (Guelph, Ont.)
The third quarter proved to be the strongest for the Gee-Gees, with Sunley-Paisley breaking onto the board with seven points and the team amassing 20 points. But the strength came only on offence, as uOttawa failed to stop the Lancers while on defence and Windsor lengthened their lead to 31 points heading to the final segment.
And though the fourth quarter proved to be the strongest defensively for the Gee-Gees, holding the Lancers to 13 points, it was too little, too late.
Sunley-Paisley ended the game with 11 rebounds and third-year guard Émilie Morasse (Québec, Qué.) led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 11 points.
Head Coach Andy Sparks was very positive about this afternoon`s game, saying ``We were beat by an excellent team today. Far and away one of the best teams we`ve played this year. Their early momentum put us on our heels and we didn`t recover.``
``It is a good game going to nationals. It was a real eye opener for us as we prepare for national championships next week.``
The Gee-Gees head to McMaster next weekend, March 12-14, for the CIS National Championships.