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uOttawa Women’s Basketball Season Preview

Wednesday October 28, 2009

uOttawa Women’s Basketball Season Preview

2008-2009 OUA East Record: 15-7, 2nd place behind the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

2008-2009 Playoffs: Had a nice run to the 2009 CIS Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan after beating Carleton (56-49) in the OUA quarterfinals and the University of Toronto (68-55) in the semi-finals.

The Gee-Gees went on to qualify for the 2009 nationals as the eighth seed as OUA finalists.

Windsor Lancers won the OUA final 68-51 over the Gee-Gees.

Head coach: Andrew Sparks (2nd season). Was named Gee-Gees head coach in July 2008 after serving as an assistant with the Carleton Ravens women’s and men’s programs.

Assistant head coaches: Mario Gaetano (3rd season)

Assistant coaches: Ian MacKinnon (2nd season), Kim Swenson (1st season)

Trainers: Emma Piekarski, Zachary Ayers

Graduate assistant/Academic mentor: Kaitlyn Long

Strength and conditioning coach:  Hassan Saeed

Team captains: guards Kelly Weir and Melina Wishart both from (Ottawa, Ont).

Other returning players: forward Courtney Berquist (Ottawa, Ont.), centre Marie-Ève Caouette (Chicoutimi, Qué.), forward Jade Fair (Guelph, Ont.), forward Kaytlyn Faucon (North Bay, Ont.), guard Émilie Morasse (Quebec City, Qué.), centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.).

New additions: forward Kizzy Clarke (Montreal, Qué.), shooting guard Awo Farah (Ottawa, Ont.), forward Charlotte Mackenzie (Ottawa, Ont.), forward Alex Naylor (Calgary, Alta.), guard Catherine Cloutier (Montreal, Qué.), point guard Kayte Chase (Montreal, Qué.), point guard Rose-Anne Joly (Gatineau, Qué.).

Best out-side threats: Émilie Morasse, Melina Wishart.

Best scoring threat: Hannah Sunley-Paisley

Best rebounder Hannah Sunley-Paisley

Best defender: Awo Farah

Best ball handler: Kayte Chase

Best ball distributor: Kelly Weir

“With seven rookies on the team this year I expect that we’ll improve as the year progresses,” said head coach Andy Sparks.

“We are going to be competitive right from the start of the season but it will take some time for the young players to find out what it’s like to play at the university level.

If our leadership evolves the way I think it will then our team success will come along as well.”

The Gee-Gees open the regular season on Tuesday, November 3 against Carleton at the Ravens’ Nest.

uOttawa will travel to St. Catharines for a game against Brock University on Friday, November 6 followed by another away contest versus the Guelph Gryphons the next night.

uOttawa will stage their home opener at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13 when the University of Western Mustangs visit Montpetit Hall.

Game two of their home schedule will be played on Saturday, November 14 as the Gee-Gees welcome the Windsor Lancers to town. Tip-off is set for 5:45 p.m.