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HOME PREVIEW: Regular Season Finale

Thursday February 16, 2017
Joueuse de basketball avec le ballon se faisant surveiller par une joueuse adverse.
Ellen Bond


Toronto (7-10) at Ottawa (11-6)
Friday, February 17
6 p.m.
Montpetit Hall
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Ryerson (13-4) at Ottawa (11-6)
Saturday, February 18
6 p.m.
Montpetit Hall
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uOttawa’s women’s basketball team will conclude its regular season at home this weekend. Ottawa will host a playoff game on Wednesday, February 22, and will know their opponent following Saturday’s regular season finale. Leading up to the games, improving offensive execution remains a focus for the Gee-Gees. 

uOttawa veteran Julia Soriano, an anchor for the team on and off the court this season, returned from injury last weekend and contributed offensively. “It felt amazing to know that I was actually going to get to step on the court and have some minutes,” explains Soriano. Looking forward to this weekend, the Gee-Gees can build upon their defensive display against Queen’s and positive offensive moments against York. Soriano adds, “our thoughts for our next game is to play defence the same way we did in the Queen’s game and then add more aggression to our offence.”

The individual matchups against the Varsity Blues will be key as Toronto is an up-tempo, attack oriented team. The Blues have a quick point guard in second-year Keyira Parkes and the Gee-Gee defence will have to shut down fourth-year Varsity Blue guard Rahshida Atkinson who is Toronto's lead scorer with 13 points per game. Ottawa defeated Toronto 69-62 last season.

The rematch of the 2016 Critelli Cup OUA Final comes on the final day of the regular season as uOttawa will face No. 8 ranked Ryerson Rams on Saturday. Both defences have proven themselves among the elite this season; the Rams are fourth in the country in opponent’s field goal percentage at 31.7 points while Ottawa has allowed fewer points overall, ranking third in the nation with 53.9 points allowed per game.

The big key for Ryerson is 6-foot-4 post player Sofia Paska who ranks sixth in U SPORTS in points per game (18.5) and recently recorded a career high of 28 points against York. Paska is also a factor on defence as she is second in rebounds per game (10.5). Ryerson leads the OUA in defensive and total rebounds per game, at 32.8 and 48.4 rebounds, respectively. Kellie Ring will mark her return to Montpetit Hall, playing her fifth year of eligibility with the Rams after four years in Garnet and Grey.

Saturday will mark uOttawa’s senior’s night, which will see the coaches recognize graduating players' contributions to the program. Senior players this year are fourth-years Kellie Forand and Katherine Lemoine, and fifth-years Julia Soriano and Melina Wishart.