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Gee-Gees fall just short in OUA East finals in 50-43 loss to Carleton

Saturday March 2, 2013

On March 2, the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens met for the third time in the 2012–13 season, this time in the OUA East finals. Missing star point guard Kellie Ring, the nationally seventh-ranked Gee-Gees gave the sixth-ranked Ravens all they could handle, before fading in the fourth quarter in a 50-43 defeat at Montpetit Hall. The Gee-Gees will now host an OUA bronze medal game next weekend and will need to qualify for the CIS Final 8 via a wildcard spot.

“We gave up 50 points and we win most of the games if we give up 50 points, but we needed some of our experienced kids to make more plays,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “They did a great job defensively and we didn’t make the shots when we had the opportunity. I thought Catherine Traer did a nice job of attacking the rim and making things happen but overall, it was what it was.”

The Gee-Gees played tight defence to start the match, with fourth-year forward Alyska Lukan racking up a pair of blocks in the first two minutes of the first quarter. With second-year guard Kim Cupid pushing the pace on offence, Lukan and rookie forward Catherine Traer were able to earn easy baskets in the paint, as Ottawa took a 5-0 lead after two and a half minutes of play. Unfortunately for Gee-Gees fans, Ottawa was unable to score another basket in the rest of the quarter as Carleton led 8-5 after a low-scoring opening frame.

Thanks to a buzzer-beating three pointer by veteran Ravens guard Alyson Bush, Carleton took a 13-5 lead early in the second quarter. After Traer finally scored for the Gee-Gees through free throws, the Ravens drained another basket from beyond the arc, pushing their lead to 16-7. With Carleton on the verge of taking a double-digit lead, Cupid came up with a huge steal, which turned the momentum in Ottawa’s favour. Ottawa then went on a 9-0 run, capped off by a three pointer from second-year forward Ariane Lachance-Scantland which tied the game at 16-16. The Gee-Gees eventually retook the lead with two minutes left in the half, thanks to a bucket in the paint from second-year forward Maddie Stephen. At halftime, the Ravens led by the slimmest of margins, 23-22.

Cupid continued her strong play after the intermission, coming up with her fourth steal of the night and finishing off the fast break with a layup on her own. The five-foot-four sparkplug then hit on another jumper on the next possession to give the Gee-Gees a 26-23 lead. Later in the quarter, Traer had two steals and a basket on back-to-back possessions to widen uOttawa’s advantage to 30-26—Traer finished with a team-leading 11 points and seven rebounds. With Lachance-Scantland continuing to provide the Gee-Gees with clutch scoring, Ottawa led 36-33 after the third quarter of play.

The Gee-Gees shooting went cold again to start the fourth quarter which allowed the Ravens to re-take the lead at 37-36. After Lukan scored in the post for the Gee-Gees, Elizabeth Roach and Darcy Hawkins hit a couple of three pointers to give the Ravens a 43-38 cushion. Trailing 44-38 with less than a minute left in the game, Stephen scored a key jumper and then the Gee-Gees forced an inbounding violation to give themselves a chance. While Cupid missed a jumper on the ensuing possession, fifth-year forward Jenna Gilbert had a huge traditional three-point play to close the gap to 46-43. In the end, the Gee-Gees were unable to grab a crucial defensive rebound off a missed throw, as the Ravens came out with a gritty 50-43 victory.

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