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PREVIEW: Road trip to Waterloo

Wednesday January 4, 2017
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Greg Mason

Ottawa (4-1) at Waterloo (2-5)
Friday, January 6
6 p.m.
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Ottawa (4-1) at Laurier (7-2)
Saturday, January 7
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The new year may bring a new look for the Gee-Gees women’s basketball team as the squad ponders some early-season adjustments. Head Coach Andy Sparks says the December 3 game against Brock, which featured an inspiring 23-6 run, was a benchmark for his team. 

While there were no games for Ottawa during the exam break, the team did practice up until December 22. That time was crucial for second-year guard Brooklynn McAlear whose participation in the fall preseason is limited while she laces up her cleats for the Gee-Gees soccer team instead. The dynamic two-sport athlete showed her potential late last season and is ready to take on a bigger role on the court.

Laurier has been one of the OUA’s highest scoring squads this season, registering 75.8 points per game which was boosted by a 94-62 home win over Nipissing in the final match before the December break. That offensive output outpaces the Gee-Gees by 10 points on average, but Ottawa’s defence has been much stingier than the Hawks, allowing just 57.4 points per game. 

Laurier has won two of the last three meetings between the squads with Ottawa pulling out a 68-64 win at home last season. The Gee-Gees have won ten straight over Waterloo.

Following this road trip, the Gee-Gees will return to Montpetit Hall for a five-game home stand.