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Top Ten Update: Men’s Basketball Back on Top

Tuesday January 19, 2016
Gee-Gees in action.

The Gee-Gees men’s basketball team reclaimed the no. 1 spot in the CIS Top Ten poll this week after spending one week in the no. 3 position. The men’s track and field team also joined the rankings this week, while women’s basketball, women’s hockey, and men’s swimming remain on the national radar.

The no. 1 spot shifted back to uOttawa thanks to a 75-73 win over the former no. 1 ranked Carleton Ravens on Saturday night. The Gee-Gees are now the only undefeated team (regular season) in the Top Ten, as the McGill Redmen slipped from no. 2 to no. 5 with a loss this week as well. The win over Carleton was the 150th against CIS competition for head coach James Derouin, whose overall record now stands at 150-46, a 76 per cent winning percentage over his six seasons.

The women’s basketball team (7-1 regular season, 14-3 overall) also registered a win at Carleton on Saturday, recording a 69-56 victory to extend its lead in the OUA North Division standings. Despite the win, the team slipped one place in the rankings to no. 10 as the Queen’s Gaels vaulted into the no. 9 spot with an upset win over the then no. 2 ranked Ryerson Rams. Ottawa will meet those Rams, now no. 4, on a road trip to Toronto this weekend.

The men’s track and field team grabbed the no. 10 spot this week, which marks the second week of track and field rankings. Steve Nkusi and Yvan Ntivumbura are showing strength in the high jump, while Jacob Powrie is ranked fourth in the heptathlon event. The team will be competing at home this weekend, hosting the uOttawa Winter National Invitational at the Louis-Riel Dome.

The women’s hockey team holds steady at no. 9 this week after a close loss to no. 2 ranked Montreal on Sunday. The game was scoreless through two periods and went to a shootout with the Carabins winning 3-2. Rookie sensation Roxanne Rioux added to her team-leading goal total and now has nine this season which ties her for the RSEQ league lead as well.

uOttawa athlete of the week Robert Bonomo led the men’s swim team this weekend as the team collected multiple podium finishes at the Eastern Cup. That was the final event for the team before the OUA Championships, which will take place at Western University February 11-13.