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PREVIEW: On the road again

Wednesday November 23, 2016
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Krista Van Slingerland


Ottawa (1-0) at Laurentian (0-4)
Friday. November 25
6 p.m.
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Ottawa (1-0) at Nipissing (0-4)
Saturday November 26
6 p.m.
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The uOttawa Gee-Gees women’s basketball team has another northern Ontario road trip ahead for a double-header weekend against Laurentian and Nipissing University. The team is fresh off of a 64-50 season opener win against Algoma University. This weekend uOttawa will focus on off ball defence, small ball play, and the transition game.

“We need to play our defence and a high-tempo game if we want to succeed,” says veteran Julia Soriano.

Laurentian is the second best three-point shooting team in the country, with a 35 per cent accuracy. The team has many third and fourth-year players making for an experienced opponent for the Gee-Gees. uOttawa played Laurentian twice last year, winning both games 80-57, and 59-51. Despite their record, the Voyageurs lost by only five points to no. 9 ranked Ryerson last Saturday night on the road.

uOttawa also took both games against Nipissing last year, winning 83-59, and 65-46. Nipissing is also a strong three-point shooting team, so defensively the Gee-Gees will focus on guarding the perimeter. Of note, Nipissing features a strong fifth-year player, Claire Abbott who makes good decisions on the court. Ottawa will make shutting her down a priority.

 uOttawa remains without 6-foot-2 post player Katherine Lemoine this weekend. The team will continue using a small ball strategy, which has been executed successfully so far this season. “It will be more about us matching up like we did against Algoma, to guard their perimeter players and making sure we get our transition going and try to stop another small team from getting theirs going,” explains Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks.

“I think we get energy from our defence, so we picked up a lot of full court last weekend that was pretty effective for us in general. We are going to continue to try to stay the course with that, it’s just who we are as a team,” added Sparks.