Mac’s DeGroot, Hart, Burns score OUA women’s basketball honours


Lindsay DeGroot (Thedford, ON) has been a staple in a dominant McMaster Marauders women’s basketball program (21-1) over the last two seasons. Combining both offensive and defensive skill, and has been a consistent force for a strong Marauders squad. A phenomenal player at the top of the league, DeGroot has been named for the second consecutive season the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Player of the Year and first team all-star.

Finishing the season third in OUA scoring with an average 18.8 points per game, the fourth year psychology student sits near the top of the league in almost every facet of the game. She has amassed 171 rebounds to lead her team and on the defensive side DeGroot has 47 steals on the season while averaging 28.4 minutes per game.

The No. 2 Marauders not only dominate offensively but are also the top defensive team in the league limiting their opponents to an average of 47.55 points per game. This is in large part due to the defensive ability of fifth-year guard Rachel Hart (Ancaster), who has been named the West Defensive Player of the Year. Hart averages 8.9 points per game, has brought down 134 rebounds on the year, and has collected 53 steals on the season. The five-foot-8 guard has distinguished herself as one of the leagues top defensive players, who is normally matched up against the oppositions’ best players.

Becky Gallant (Vanessa, ON) of the Brock Badgers (11-11) is the recipient of the West’s Joy Bellinger Award, presented to a student-athlete in recognition of outstanding service to the sport and advancement of university athletics. Gallant has been the Badgers co-captain for the past three seasons and exemplifies all the qualities and dedication, commitment, work ethic and loyalty that coaches look for in their team captain.

The fifth-year Sport Management student is the coordinator and speaker for the Brock Badgers Winning at Life Program. She visits countless elementary and secondary schools in the Niagara region, delivering presentations relating to motivation and leadership. Gallant is a student mentor with the Brock Badgers IMPACT Program which is a partnership program between Brock Athletics, the Niagara District School Board and the Niagara Regional Police. Brock athletes are matched up with a youth at risk from local schools, and each night of the program the athletes participate with their match in various social and recreational activities and strive to create a positive “impact” on the younger student. Becky is also the co-founder and president of the Brock University Athletic Council. The council consists of athletes working together in support of each other to promote athletic awareness within the Brock community.

Iva Peklova (Prague, CZ) has made an immediate impact on OUA women’s basketball and the Windsor Lancers in just her first season, and has be en named the West Rookie of the Year. Peklova, a first-year Environmental Studies student sits second in team scoring, averaging 10.2 points per game. She also finished the season second in the OUA and third in the CIS in rebounds bringing down 214 boards on the season, while collecting 41 steals and 15 blocks for the Lancers.

Joining DeGroot on the first team all-stars is teammate Taylor Smith (Hamilton). Smith finished the season second in team scoring behind DeGroot, averaging 12.6 points per game. The third-year student collected 41 steals on the season, and was a threat behind the arc, finishing with a 40 percent three-point shooting average on the season. 2006-07 OUA West Rookie of the Year, Dranadia Roc (Montreal) has been named to the first team, finishing the season first in team scoring with a 16.6 points per game average while averaging 27.1 minutes per game for the Lancers.

Western Mustangs’ Bess Lennox (Ottawa) joins the first team as she led the OUA in rebounds, collecting 233 on the season, with 154 coming off the defensive boards while leading her team in scoring with a 13.8 points per game average. Rounding out the first team is Waterloo Warrior Gillian Maxwell (Kitchener). The fifth-year forward earns first-team status as she finished the season with a 13.9 points per game average, had 186 rebounds on the season, while earning 33 steals and 31 blocks for the Warriors.

McMaster Marauder’s Theresa Burns for a second consecutive season has been recognized by her peers as the OUA West Coach of the Year. Burns guided the Marauders to a 21-1 record and her team currently holds the No.2 rank in the country heading into the OUA Championship this weekend against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Now, a three-time recipient of the award, Burns will look to bring back the championship banner to McMaster after last seasons defeat at the hands of the York Lions.

2007-08 OUA ALL-STARS AND MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Lindsay DeGroot – McMaster

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Hart – McMaster

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Iva Peklovà – Windsor

JOY BELLINGER AWARD
Becky Gallant – Brock

COACH OF THE YEAR
Theresa Burns – McMaster

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS

Lindsay DeGroot – McMaster
Bess Lennox – Western
Gillian Maxwell – Waterloo
Dranadia Roc – Windsor
Taylor Smith – McMaster

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS

Amanda Anderson – Western
Heather Angus – Guelph
Rachel Hart – McMaster
Sharon Hollinshead – Brock
Debra Sandberg – Lakehead

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Taylor Chiarot – McMaster
Amanda McDonald – Laurier
Laura Mullins – Windsor
Iva Peklovà – Windsor
Hillary Woodside – Brock