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Gee-Gees Make it Six Wins in a Row to End Regular Season

Saturday February 21, 2015
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Richard Whittaker

A complete shut down of Laurentian’s offence by the Gee-Gees defence allowed uOttawa to record their sixth victory in a row and finish 14-5 on the season after a 86-43 win over the Voyageurs.

The Gee-Gees look on to play Carleton in the first round of the playoffs in a rematch with the team that eliminated uOttawa last season.

An even, aggressive start to the game saw the Gee-Gees’ full court press working well to create pressure on the Laurentian guards and forcing them into turnovers. But Laurentian had success moving the ball and getting the Gee-Gees defenders to work. 

The Gee-Gees started the second quarter on a 9-2 run. But Laurentian brought it to within four at halftime. 

Laurentian guard Devenae Bryce was able to have her way early on, dribbling in close for high-percentage shots, putting up 13 points at the break. She seemed to be feeling the affects of an injury at halftime and only played six minutes in the second half and didn’t find the basket again.

Back-to-back treys gave the Gee-Gees their largest lead of the game, 10, in the first minute of the second. That turned into a 32-7 run to put it out of reach with an entire quarter left to play. uOttawa allowed just 15 points in the second half and forced 24 turnovers on the night.

“Great second half. I think we were just shooting ourselves in the foot in the first half,” said head coach Andy Sparks. "We were a little bit over aggressive, maybe a reflection of yesterday into today. A lot of reach fouls, not enough footwork. I think the intensity on the defensive end of the floor in the second half was absolutely the difference. We had a goal coming into this weekend that we’d try to be the best defensive team in the province. So I think now we’ve moved into first.”

“Coach is really good at scouting other teams,” said rookie Jen Crowe after the game. She finished with a career-high 16 points. “We worked really hard on our defence in practice. We try to know all the players on the other team and their strengths and weaknesses and put that into our defence.”

Jen Stoqua continued her incredible three-point shooting weekend. She knocked down nine on the night to total 19 threes on the weekend.

“That’s about as good a weekend anyone’s had in the CIS,” said Sparks. “Since the new line came in, three point shooting in the women’s game has suffered. But it’s incredible. She’s a great shooter, we know that.”

Top scorers for uOttawa were Stoqua with 28 points, Crowe with 16, Steph MacDonald with 14, and Kellie Ring with 10. Isabelle Dion had another great rebounding game pulling down 14. 

After the game, with it being Shoot for the Cure night for uOttawa, Sparks shared with the crowd his own sister-in-law’s battle with cancer and encouraged those in attendance to give whatever they can to the cause and thanked them for coming out and supporting the Shoot for the Cure.

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