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Gee-Gees set to take on the Ravens at Scotiabank Place

Wednesday January 26, 2011

Women’s basketball (9-5 OUA)
At Carleton (12-2) for the 5th annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday January 26, 2011 in Ottawa, Ont.

Wednesday night will see the uOttawa-Carleton women’s basketball rivalry taken to this city’s biggest stage at Scotiabank Place for the fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic. The garnet and grey are looking to keep their rhythm after a 5-1 start to the month of January. The Carleton Ravens, ranked No. 5, are also riding high with an eight game winning streak heading into Wednesday night’s matchup.

With both teams playing well of late, Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks knows this game is shaping up to be a good one. “They’re very solid. They execute exceptionally well. They are a very well coached team, and fundamentally sound. I think we are looking at an excellent women’s basketball game. I think both teams are probably more competitive than anybody in the country right now,” said Sparks.

He knows is young team maybe in tough against an experienced Ravens team: “They’ve got a very experienced group that has played together for a long period of time, so they know they’re stuff and run it.” However, Sparks sees some advantages and will look to exploit them.

Still, the biggest challenge will be to prepare his team for such an emotional game in front of a very large and vocal crowd. It’s easy for a player to get caught up in the hype that comes with such a high profile event, but Sparks welcomes that challenge. He believes it to be an excellent opportunity for his young players to play in a foreign environment and to see how they respond.

The Gee-Gees will be looking to avenge Saturday’s 75-67 overtime loss to Laurentian which put an end their five game winning streak.  Still, the Ravens will also be looking for a little redemption themselves. This marks the first matchup between these two teams since last year’s OUA East Final wherein the Gee-Gees prevailed 59-54. 

Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., continues to lead her squad by averaging 16.36 points per game (No. 3 OUA) and 11 rebounds per game (No. 1 OUA). Also stepping it up for the garnet and grey is first-year point guard Kimberly Cupid, Toronto, Ont. The 5’2 rookie is only second to Hannah in rebounds on the team with a total of 85; while leading the team in steals with 40, and averaging 7.1 points per game.

Make sure to get your tickets for the fifth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at Scotiabank Place this Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. with the women’s game followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. Student tickets (15$), which include transportation to Scotiabank Place and back, are for sale at Sports Services Client Services counters or can be purchased by e-mail at or by phone at 613-562-5800, ext. 4337. Adult tickets (16$) can also be purchased by e-mail at or by phone at 613-562-5800, ext. 4337.