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Gee-Gees Up the Tempo To End Regular Season

Thursday February 16, 2012

Women’s Basketball (17-3 OUA)

Hosting Ryerson (11-9 OUA) on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)
Hosting Toronto (14-6 OUA) on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. (SSN Canada)

The Gee-Gees will close their regular season at home this weekend, beginning to increase the tempo as playoffs loom by hosting the OUA East fourth and third place Ryerson and Toronto.

With all four of the OUA East top teams playing each other in Ottawa this weekend, it creates a playoff type atmosphere as teams fight to secure their playoff position. The Gee-Gees only need one win to secure first place, but have already locked in a first-round playoff bye and home court advantage. “Both teams will be very motivated,” said head coach Andy Sparks of the visiting Rams and Varsity Blues, “There’s a lot on the line this weekend; they should be very good games.”

“I think last weekend was a bit of a reflection of the hard work we put in the week after [the loss to] Carleton,” said Sparks reflecting on the 23-0 start the Gee-Gees had in their win over Queen’s and the 15 points they held RMC to the following night, “Both nights we started well and played well throughout the games.”

The Gee-Gees will honour three graduating fifth-year players this Saturday night, Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.), Bess Lennox (Ottawa, Ont.) and Teddi Firmi (Kitchener, Ont.). Sparks agreed that the motivation of these fifth-years in their final season is a big factor in the team right now, “That’s the driving force right now for the young players, to make sure those fifth-year players that have put so much in this program and basketball in general, that they’re going out the right way. Hannah and Bess and Teddi are all super motivated to be as good as they can be and have been great role models for the younger players all year.”

Lennox is now well-established as the OUA leader for most rebounds in a career, but Sunley-Paisley is also nearing passing the former record as well to set her place in second on the all-time list. Sunley-Paisley is 24 boards shy of achieving second place in this category and is also likely to finish her career sixth in most points in a career category.