Date set for Capital Hoops Classic

The Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees will tip-off at Canadian Tire Centre in February for the 10th annual Capital Hoops Classic.

Last year, more than 10,000 people turned out for the game, setting an attendance mark rarely seen for university basketball.

The event will feature two games – the women’s match-up going at 6 p.m. and the men playing at 8 p.m. – on Feb. 3.

The Ravens men have dominated men’s basketball for more than a decade, picking up their sixth consecutive championship last season. The Gee-Gees always seem to give them a good game, however, and managed to knock off Carleton at last season’s Classic.

From the organizers:

Currently sitting atop the U Sports Top 10 rankings, Carleton is led by guard Connor Wood who sits fourth in the nation with 24.2 points per game to date so far this season. The Gee-Gees currently sit fourth in the Top 10 with a 5-0 record. Ottawa’s dynamic lineup is led by reigning national Defensive Player of the Year, Caleb Agada, and former Raven Jean Emmanuel Pierre-Charles.

Carleton’s women’s team, under the guidance of head coach Taffe Charles, features one of the strongest front courts in Ontario University Athletics. OUA All-Stars Heather Lindsay and Elizabeth Leblanc join former Gee-Gee Catherine Traer in providing the Ravens with a powerful starting three at forward. Ottawa will enter the game following a silver medal finish in the OUA last season and has started quickly in earning a 4-1 record through five games this season. OUA All-Star Julia Soriano, the leading Gee-Gees’ scorer in last year’s Capital Hoops Classic with 14 points, and power forward Sarah Besselink, who has a team leading 12.4 points per game this season, power the co-North Division leading Gee-Gees’ attack.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

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