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Gee-Gees fall shy of a comeback victory over Rams

Friday January 29, 2010

Women’s basketball (9-8 OUA, 18-12 overall)

Hosting Ryerson (10-7 OUA) Friday, January 29, 2010 at Montpetit Hall at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

Half   Game
Ryerson  37 80
uOttawa 35 76

Ashley MacDonald, 22 points, Angela Tilk, 11 rebounds - Ryerson
Hannah Sunley-Paisley, 36 points, 17 rebounds -uOttawa

A strong fourth quarter didn’t prove enough in the Gee-Gees 80-76 loss to the Rams.

Ryerson came out to a fast start in the first quarter, though the Gee-Gees tied it up midway through. A couple of fouls lengthened the Rams lead again, but the Gee-Gees came back to exit the quarter just trailing Ryerson by just four points. uOttawa narrowed the gap even more by the end of the half and the Rams only held a 37-35 lead.

Ryerson took a commanding 10 point lead midway through the third quarter and held to a 60-52 lead at the end of the third. The Gee-Gees came flying into the final quarter and narrowed the difference to three points late in the fourth, but in the end, uOttawa ran out of time for a comeback.

Leading the CIS in total points is third-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) and she was the uncontested leading scorer of tonight’s game with 36 points, also capturing 17 rebounds.

Sunley-Paisley identifies “The first quarter was what killed us.  But we buckled down after that and responded pretty well. [In the fourth quarter], we wanted the game, so we worked a little harder.”

Head Coach Andy Sparks echoed the same sentiments, saying “We’ve struggled first and third [quarter] all year. That’s when the other team has the most energy, and we don’t seem to bring that necessary energy.”

“Aside from that, we just got to try to keep going forward. Our game plan was okay. We got the shots we wanted. We just couldn’t defend.”

The Gee-Gees compete in their last home game tomorrow night, January 30, against Toronto at Montpetit Hall at 6:00 p.m.