In the annual Capital Hoops Classic against their cross-town rivals, the Gee-Gees women’s basketball came up short against the No. 2 nationally ranked Carleton Ravens, 57-41.
The Ravens came out on fire in the first quarter, connecting on 50 percent of their shots including 43 percent from the 3-point line, while the Gee-Gees struggled to get anything going, mustering only nine points to the Ravens’ 24 on 20 percent shooting from the field.
While the Gee-Gees were able to find their shooting stroke in the final three quarters and competed evenly in a high-intensity defensive matchup, it was ultimately not enough to overcome the first quarter deficit.
Second-year guard Amelie Hachey (Drummondville, Que.) led the way for the Gee-Gees as she has done all year, finishing the game with 16 points, including three makes from deep. Noting their youth as a team, Hachey believes the team took another step forward Friday as they improved on their previous meeting with Carleton, in which they lost 66-36, and believes the team is poised for a playoff run.
Against what he believes is the best team in the country, Coach Andy Sparks said, “I was happy with our effort, especially defensively in the second and third quarters and I think that was important from our first and second years players.”
In particular, Coach Sparks noted the “excellent” defensive game played by second year guard Aliisa Heiskanen (Thunder Bay, Ont.) as a positive moving forward.
The Gee-Gees are back in action next weekend on the road against Laurentian University and Nipissing University. The team is currently sitting in third in the East Division of the OUA standings behind nationally ranked Carleton and Queen’s as they continue pushing towards playoffs.