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Gee-Gees soar to win over Thunderbirds

Saturday November 21, 2015
Richard A. Whittaker

The uOttawa women’s basketball team stretched its regular season record to 5-0 with a 74-23 win over the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-6) on Saturday night at Montpetit Hall. The win extends Ottawa’s overall winning streak to nine games against CIS competition, dating back to exhibition action in October.

Catherine Traer led the Gee-Gees in scoring with 21 points, maintaining her season average of 19.6 which ranks fourth in the CIS. First-year centre Anne Wagar came off the bench with 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Ottawa shot 21-for-27 from the free throw line as a team.

“The game slows down for her, she’s not a player who plays out of control. For a first year player that’s a major benefit,” said head coach Andy Sparks of Wagar. “She matches up against Katherine Lemoine and Isabelle Dion every day in practice and that’s paid off – she’s really comfortable with the physical aspects of the game.”

Ottawa used defensive pressure early on to generate baskets off turnovers. Algoma committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter, contributing to a 23-1 Gee-Gees advantage after the first ten minutes. The Thunderbirds missed their first 11 field goals.

“In general we’ve seen that Katherine Lemoine has not been someone that people are able to post up against. She’s been a defensive lockdown and Anne was very good as well there today,” added Sparks.

A well-executed inbounds play on the baseline with 0.9 seconds left in the second quarter resulted in an and-one by Catherine Traer and sent the garnet and grey into halftime up 37-11. The second quarter would prove to be Algoma’s best, limiting turnovers and outscored by just four points.

Ottawa will be at home again next weekend, closing out the fall schedule with games against Windsor (4-1) and Western (3-1).