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Women's basketball host Carleton this Saturday

Saturday February 27, 2010

Weekend Preview

Women’s Basketball (12-10 OUA, 2-0 playoffs, 23-15 overall)

@ Carleton (18-4 OUA, 1-0 playoffs) Saturday, February 27, 3:00 p.m. for OUA East Final

*The Gee-Gees defeated the Ryerson Rams 84-74 last Saturday in the OUA East semi-finals to advance to this final game against Carleton.

*The Gee-Gees fell to the Ravens 70-46 at Carleton in their first game of the regular season and again at the MBNA Capital Hoops Classic in January, this time minimizing the point difference to 13 points in their 53-40 loss.

*The winner of this game will move on to the OUA Finals on Saturday, March 6, and will secure an appearance at the CIS championships at McMaster University March 12-14, 2010.

*The Gee-Gees are in nearly the same situation as they were at this time last year, only one play-off game earlier. In February 2009 they played Carleton (who had taken both contests in the regular season) in an OUA East semi-final game. In last season’s play-off match-up, uOttawa defeated the Ravens 56-49 to move on to the OUA East finals.

*First-year forward Charlotte Mackenzie (Ottawa, Ont.) is day-to-day due to mild injury.

*Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks believes his team has really grown since the start of the season.

“We’ve improved a lot in the last month,” he said. “After our loss to Laurentian on the road [February 5], the team could have gone in one of two directions. But they have really come together as a team over the past few weeks.”

*The Gee-Gees have won their past three games, the two most recent having been play-off games.

*“They’ve [Carleton] been one of the best teams in our conference all season. I think we just have to set a tempo more suited to us and make good decisions.”

*Sparks also explained that regardless of the outcome of this game, this season has “shown that we’re taking the right steps not only towards becoming a better team [this year], but also towards building a better basketball program for future years.”