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Offensive outburst pushes Gee-Gees past Laurentian

Friday January 25, 2013

The uOttawa Gee-Gees took to the court for the annual Shoot for the Cure game on Friday versus the Laurentian Voyagers. The Gee-Gees were looking to bounce back, after having their nine game win streak broken by the Carleton Ravens in the Capital Hoops Classic. In their highest point total of the season, the Gee-Gees routed the Voyagers 87-43.

Kellie Ring played a strong first half for Ottawa, as she consistently created plays on offence which allowed the Gee-Gees to shoot many open three point buckets. The Gee-Gees were able to shoot 11-for-13 from three point land in the first half.  Ring and Tatiana Hanlan also displayed their chemistry in transition as they connected on several occasions to finish the easy put-in baskets.   

Julia Soriano continued her good offensive production off the bench for the Gee-Gees as she entered the game in the first half and hit two consecutive shots from beyond the arc. However, Soriano left the game in the second half with what appeared to be a head injury as she fell to floor after being fouled on a lay-up attempt.

The Gee-Gees jumped ahead on the score board in the second quarter thanks to constant three-point shooting while playing tight defence. The Gee-Gees were able to take a comfortable 50-26 lead into the half time break.

The second half was more of the same for the Gee-Gees as they continued to hit from beyond the arc while limiting Laurentian to only 43 points in the game. The bench took over in the fourth quarter for the Gee-Gees as they cruised to the easy victory.

“I think if we look at our team tonight compared to Wednesday night, we can see a big difference,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. “After the loss to Carleton we had lots to work on at practice and I think that helped our performance tonight.”

Catherine Traer led all Gee-Gees in scoring with 20 points, eight rebounds and one block while shooting 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. “I have been struggling this season from three-point range so I wanted to forget about it and focus strictly on tonight’s game. Fortunately it worked out well,” said rookie Catherine Traer.   

                          1             2             3             4             Total

Ottawa                17           9             10           7             43                          

Laurentian           24           26           24           13           87