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Women’s basketball: battle to return to CIS Championships begins

Tuesday February 22, 2011

Women’s Basketball (14-8 OUA, 0-0 playoffs)
Hosting York(7-15 OUA, 0-0 playoffs) for OUA East quarter final playoffs on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 5:45 p.m. at Montpetit Hall. (Rogers Cable 22, SSN Canada)

It’s playoffs time for women’s basketball and on Wednesday the Gee-Gees will take on York as they begin their hunt for a return berth to the CIS Championships.

The Gee-Gees closed their regular season on a huge positive note with a thrilling 72-68 overtime win over cross-town rivals, the Carleton Ravens. Though the Gee-Gees had already solidified their third place OUA East standing, pride was on the line as the Gee-Gees captured a huge momentum boost in the win.

“It’s nice that we won the game [against Carleton], but the reality for us now is that we have to re-focus and get ready for Wednesday because this really didn’t matter,” said head coach Andy Sparks after Saturday’s win, “And York’s coming in here on a high right now.  They got a big win last night. So we’re going to get a big test on Wednesday.”

The Gee-Gees won both their regular season match-ups against York, first 79-42 at home on January 21, followed most recently by a 70-63 win at York on February 4.

Fourth-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., was named the OUA female athlete of the week based on her stunning 25 points, 22 rebounds, 15 for 17 free throw line performance in Saturday’s overtime win over the Ravens. Sunley-Paisley finished the regular season fifth in scorers and first in rebounding in the OUA.

“For us it’s game at a time,” said Sparks, “There’s capabilities here of this team doing some special stuff. We’re going in the right direction, but there’s everybody going in the right direction now because we’re in the playoffs. We just have to be the tougher team.” 

With this game being the only playoff game the Gee-Gees will host this post-season, Gee-Gees fans should be sure to come out to Montpetit Hall this Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.