Women’s Basketball (13-2 OUA)
Hosted Queen’s (7-7 OUA) on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (Rogers TV, SSN Canada)
uOttawa – Hannah Sunley-Paisley 16 points, 13 rebounds; Bess Lennox 15 points, 11 rebounds
Queen’s – Candace Wallace 12 points, 5 rebounds; Brittany Moore 12 points, 3 rebounds
Ten weeks, 70 days, 1680 hours. With tonight’s 73-51 win over the visiting Queen’s Gaels, that’s how long it’s been since the Gee-Gees last lost a game.
The Gee-Gees maintained control of the lead the entire game against the fourth-place OUA East Gaels, slowly building their lead as the first half winded down. Queen’s made a strong push in the third quarter, coming within four points of uOttawa, outscoring the Gee-Gees in the frame.
Second-year guard Sarah Nolette (Edmonton, Alta.) came flying out of the gate for the Gee-Gees in the fourth, opening up with back to back threes followed by a steal with another basket. Nolette finished with 10 points in three minutes in the fourth, leading the charge in the Gee-Gees' dominant fourth quarter.
“I know I’m a shooter, and sometimes I just have to prove it. And we needed the run, we needed the points,” said Nolette on her fourth quarter run.
“If we’d made our lay-ups, we’d say it was quite a big improvement [from last night],” said head coach Andy Sparks, “They’re a much stronger team than last night’s team [RMC]. But they hurt us with their transitions, and I think that was part of the problem. We got the shots we wanted to get, but we missed 19 easy stick-backs in the first half. We have to clean-up that a bit. But the fourth quarter was solid.”
Fifth-years Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) and Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) both finished with a double-double in tonight’s win, Sunley-Paisley leading the way with 16 points and 13 rebounds with Lennox not far behind at 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Tonight was the Gee-Gees' fifth game in nine days, but the Gee-Gees didn’t let the fatigue pull them down. “The fact that we had a good fourth quarter probably means we pushed through on [the fatigue],” said Sparks, “The bench strength that we have allowed us to get through these games and play this one at a reasonable level.”
“Our team overall is so positive, and so supportive of each other,” highlighted Nolette as a key factor in the Gee-Gees' overall confidence. Nolette also noted the development of the Gee-Gees bench, “Our second-year players are taking it a step further and working hard at every practice and every minute on the court they earn. In the games we go in, we’re not scared. We’re just going in with our head straight and know what we want. ”
The Gee-Gees will return home next weekend to host Laurentian (3-11 OUA) and York (6-9 OUA) on Friday and Saturday night respectively, both games at Montpetit Hall at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)