While injuries have decimated the 2010-11 roster of the McMaster women’s basketball team this season, reinforcements are on the way.
Head coach Theresa Burns is excited to announce the commitments of two outstanding recruits: Samantha Hunt and Abby Hurd will don the maroon in the fall of 2011.
Hunt and Hurd are teammates from St. Basil Secondary School in Sault Ste. Marie and this dynamic duo powered their high school team to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AA gold medal last November. Hurd plays point guard and brings a very complete skill set to the position, while Hunt is a wing player, who is considered an outstanding perimeter shooter.
Both players have been regional all-stars and involved with provincial development programs during their high school careers, and are among the top graduating players in Ontario. Both have signed letters of intent to attend McMaster.
Coach Burns believes they can impact Marauder fortunes immediately. “Both Samantha and Abby are battle tested. They come from winning programs and have had great coaching at both the high school and club levels.”
Hunt and Hurd have not lost a game in their city league or against Northern Ontario Secondary School Athletics (NOSSA) competition for the last four years. The provincial championship capped off a perfect 2010 season for St. Basil, as the Saints won 22 consecutive games on their way to the Ontario title.
Burns added, “Samantha is a pure scorer with shooting range to rival anyone at the CIS level. She’s athletic, can defend, and reads the floor well. Sam is a wonderful student-athlete with a great sense of humour and personality who will be a great fit with our team. Abby is a combo guard who can play the 1 or 2 position. She is physically strong, has great shooting range and great court vision. Abby is an outstanding person, tremendous student, and will be a very welcome addition to our program.”
Burns and the Marauder staff remain heavily involved with several other outstanding prospects and hope to announce additional recruit commitments in the future.