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Women’s basketball: Host York and annual breast cancer game against Laurentian

Thursday January 20, 2011

Women’s Basketball (8-4 OUA)
Host York (5-8 OUA) on Friday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada)
Host Laurentian (3-10 OUA) on Saturday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall (SSN Canada)

The Gee-Gees will look to extend their five game winning streak extending from the Christmas break alive this weekend as they host York on Friday night and Laurentian on Saturday.

The Gee-Gees are currently sitting in third in the OUA East, with York pushing towards them from one place behind in fourth. Laurentian may be sitting in sixth in the OUA East, but with the return of their star point guard from injury, they will be operating closer to their full potential.

“It’s going to be a good weekend,” said head coach Andy Sparks, “Both teams are coming in having won some games in the last few weeks.”

“We know we put ourselves behind the eight ball in the first half of the year,” admitted Sparks, “But having won five game in a row now is a move in the right direction. We still have some ground to make up and the girls understand that. We approach every game [as an opportunity] to get better.”

But this weekend isn’t just another run of the mill home set of games for the Gee-Gees, as Saturday’s match against Laurentian holds special significance as the date of this year’s annual breast cancer game.

This game carries meaning for both uOttawa and Laurentian, as both teams remember the legacy of Carolyn Swords, who passed away two years ago from breast cancer. A native of Ottawa, Carolyn Swords played five seasons for the Laurentian Lady Vee’s women’s basketball program. Carolyn’s brother, Shawn Swords is the current head coach of the Laurentian men’s basketball program. And Carolyn’s older sister, Janet Swords, graduated a member of the uOttawa women’s basketball program and coached with current head coach Sparks for a year.

There will be a bake sale, raffle and other promotions to raise money for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at the 6:00 p.m. game on Saturday. Fans who wear pink will receive one free raffle ticket. Members of the women’s basketball team are also taking part in cuts for cancer, currently fundraising money and accepting donations for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and will be cutting their hair at a later date.

So Gee-Gees fans, come on out to Montpetit Gym to support your women’s basketball team on Friday against York and also support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation on Saturday for the annual breast cancer game. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. both nights! 


-second-year guard Catherine Cloutier, St-Hubert, Qué. – week to week