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Gee-Gees fall short in second outing at nationals

Saturday March 13, 2010

Women’s basketball (12-10, OUA, 3-1 playoffs, 0-2 CIS Championship)

@ 2010 CIS women’s basketball championship Saturday, March 13, 1 p.m. at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario

1st 2nd   Half   3rd  4th  Final
uOttawa  14  15  29  15  15   59
Cape Breton  12  16  28  12  25   65
Gee-Gees: Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals; Emilie Morasse 9 points, 2 rebounds. 
Capers: Kelsey Hodgson 21 points, 4 rebounds Karmen Brown 16 points, 16 rebounds.

A change in momentum cost the Gee-Gees the opportunity to play on at the 2010 CIS women’s basketball championships.

uOttawa were matched up against the Cape Breton Capers in the first consolation game of the schedule on Saturday afternoon with the winner headed to the fifth place contest on Sunday morning.

The Gee-Gees, despite not playing their best of the game of the season, were still doing enough to get by and were in the lead for the majority of the match.

But between foul trouble and missed baskets, the Capers clawed their way back into the game during the final frame to take the lead and eventually win a highly spirited affair 65-59. 

“We just didn’t do enough of the little things right,” said a disappointed Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks.

“We had the opportunity to put that team away on several occasions. We were getting good looks but not the right shots. Unfortunately we didn’t have the composure to win that game.”

The Gee-Gees have to be disappointed especially after leading for the majority of the match.

uOttawa had a 14-12 first quarter lead then another advantage at the half 29-28.

The Gee-Gees led by four points 44-40 after three but allowed Cape Breton to rally with 25 points in the final quarter with just 15 by uOttawa.

The Gee-Gees had sported the largest lead of the game during the third quarter when they were up by eight points but the Capers matched that when they went up by eight with less than a minute remaining in regulation. 

The Capers were lethal from the free throw line finishing 28-39 while the Gee-Gees went 8-11.

Despite a tremendous effort at this year’s national championship the Gee-Gees will return home without a victory. 

It’s been a successful season for uOttawa women’s basketball, the future of the program looks bright under Andy Sparks and his coaching staff.

“We were good enough to be here but we need to continue to grow and be competitive at this level,” Sparks said. 

Losing is never easy but there is always a lesson to be learned especially after competing at a tournament of this magnitude.

“We lost our degree of focus in Saturday’s game and made some mistakes,” said Gee-Gees forward Jade Fair (Guelph, Ont.). 

“We will learn from this experience and become better leaders for next season.”