WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (12-6 OUA, 17-9 OVERALL):
Hosted York (4-14 OUA) Saturday, January 31 (6:00 p.m.)
York 30 60
uOttawa 30 74
Laura MacCallum – 28 points, one rebound - York
Katie Laurie – 23 points, 10 rebounds - uOttawa
HEADLINE: Laurie roared
Fifth-year post Katie Laurie scored a double-double Saturday with a season-high 23 points along with 10 rebounds as Gee-Gees women’s basketball beat York 74-60 to keep first-place in sight atop the OUA East.
Second-place uOttawa improved to 12-6 after taking advantage of two first-year Lions posts to establish a strong presence in the paint.
Laurie’s season-best game – on her 23rd birthday - was proof.
“We definitely wanted to take advantage of the mismatches,” said Laurie.
The Gee-Gees other second-year posts, Courtney Berquist and Hannah Sunley-Paisley – Paisley limped off with an ankle injury in the third quarter - were co-leaders with six first half points but the pesky Lions closed a seven-point deficit after the first quarter to end the half tied 30-30.
“(The players) probably didn’t think I was very happy at the half, and that’s a fair assessment,” said Gee-Gees first-year head coach Andy Sparks. “I think we responded well in the second half."
Third-year uOttawa guard Melina Wishart hit three of four three-point baskets.
“It’s nice to get a few after missing so many the last few games,” said Wishart.
The Gee-Gees, on a two-game win streak, hit three straight three-point baskets to end the third quarter, out-scoring the Lions 18-12 for a 48-42 advantage heading to the fourth
uOttawa has two road games, including next Friday at first-place Toronto (13-5), and two home games remaining to close out the season. The Lions have four home games left.