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Women's basketball : Host Windsor, Saturday, for the OUA finals

Thursday March 4, 2010

Women’s Basketball (12-10 OUA, 3-0 playoff)

Host Windsor (21-1 OUA, 2-0 playoff) Saturday, March 6, 3:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall for the OUA Finals (SSN Canada)


The Gee-Gees and Lancers will match-up for the second consecutive year in the OUA Finals to battle it out for the OUA crown. This time, however, uOttawa will be playing on their home court.


The Gee-Gees upset the No.1 OUA East Carleton Ravens last Saturday to host this OUA final game while Windsor defeated the Western Mustangs 66-61 Wednesday evening to secure their spot in the finals.


uOttawa has a 5-3 record versus Windsor in the regular season since 2001; they are 0-1 in the playoffs after last year’s 68-51 loss in the OUA Finals in Windsor.


Both teams have only won a single OUA title in their basketball histories. The Gee-Gees claimed theirs in the 2003-04 season led by head coach Angie McLeod, while the Lancers recorded their first just last year in their victory over the Gee-Gees.


This past week, third-year centre Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto, Ont.) was named OUA East player of the year as well as OUA East first-team all-star.


First-year Lancer Jessica Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) was named OUA West rookie of the year as well as OUA West first-team all-star.


uOttawa head coach Andy Sparks and Windsor’s head coach Chantal Vallée were both honoured with Coach of the Year in their respective divisions last season. Vallée was also named this year’s 2010 OUA West Coach of the Year.


After falling to Windsor last year in the OUA finals, third-year guard Jade Fair (Ottawa, Ont.) says the team is looking forward to having another shot to compete against them for the OUA title. “We’re pretty excited. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”


She expects Windsor’s height and overall experience as a team to be among the toughest challenges for the Gee-Gees: “They’ve got a lot of height on us,” she said. “They also have a lot of fourth and fifth players and they can compete at the national level; they did well last year [at nationals].”


The Lancers made it to the CIS Bronze Medal game last year against the University of Alberta and just missed bringing home a medal in their 64-62 loss.


In their playoff run, the Gee-Gees have been very effective at setting their own tempo and maintaining lots of team energy. “Hopefully we can find that again this game.”


“We're just hoping we have the right frame of mind coming into this game," said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks. He explains that despite having defeated Carleton last week, they must be ready for an even tougher challenge this weekend.


Although they may be pleased with where they are, Sparks adds that the team must remain focused on "where we want to be."