Mac Basketball DeGroot nominated as one of Canada’s best

McMaster women’s basketball player Lindsay DeGroot has been nominated for the BLG Awards, honouring Canada’s best university athletes for the 2007-2008 season. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. MDT at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary. The event will also be shown on TSN on Sunday, May 18 at 11 a.m. EDT. Winners will receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.

For the second straight season, Lindsay DeGroot was named OUA West most valuable player and a first-team all-Canadian in women’s basketball after she guided the Marauders to a 21-1 regular campaign, the OUA banner and a bronze medal at the CIS championship, equaling the team’s best CIS finish from 1989-90. The five-foot-10 guard finished third in the nation in scoring with 18.9 points per game and placed in the Top 10 in Ontario in scoring, rebounding, free-throw percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio.

A member of the national development team, DeGroot represented Canada at the 2007 Summer Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand.

“Lindsay is an exceptional athlete who has been an outstanding leader for our team both on and off the court. She is the best pure athlete I have ever coached. Her work ethic is outstanding and she is a wonderful team player. As one of our co-captains, she provided outstanding leadership and was an integral part of our team’s success this season,” said McMaster head coach Theresa Burns.

Lindsay represents Ontario at the awards ceremony. Other female nominees from across Canada include Katherine Quackenbush (basketball) from Memorial University; Laetitia Tchoualack (volleyball) from Université de Montréal and Lani Gibbons (basketball) from Simon Fraser University.