Jessica Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) of the No. 2 Windsor Lancers gets top honours as Ontario University Athletics announces the 2010-11 West women’s basketball major award winners and all-stars.
Clemencon is the OUA West Player of the Year. The second-year Lancers forward led the league in scoring this season, recording 419 points through 22 games. The 2010 rookie of the year added 45 assists and had an 85.6 free throw percentage. Defensively, she chipped in 16 steals and 44 blocks. Clemencon also repeats an OUA West first team all-star.
Receiving the rookie crown from Clemencon is Laurier’s Felicia Mazerolle (Elliot Lake). Mazerolle contributed 163 points for the Golden Hawks this season. The sociology major earned a regular spot on the court for Laurier, playing in all 22 games. She shone on both ends of the court adding 47 assists, 56 rebounds, and 50 steals to her first season tally and is a member of the all- rookie team.
Matteke Hutzler (Napanee) of the Western Mustangs is the OUA West Defensive Player of the Year. The 6-2 forward added presence on the Mustangs back court, contributing 41 steals, 16 blocks, and 94 defensive rebounds. The health sciences major helped the Mustangs to their No. 3 ranking with 299 points this season. Hutzler is a first team all-star.
Two-time defensive player of the year, Renata Adamczyk (Greensville) of the Laurier Golden Hawks, is this season’s West recipient of the Joy Bellinger Award, presented annually to a female student-athlete in recognition of outstanding service to the sport and to the advancement of university athletics.
To go along with her 286 points and 141 rebounds, Adamczyk will graduate from Laurier this year with an Honours Degree in Kinesiology. A consistent B+ student, she also is the lead senior mentor of the Athlete Academic Success Program where she assists student-athletes in managing their academic demands. Adamczyk is also involved in the community as a volunteer coach with the KW Lightning and Dundas Dynamo, a volunteer with Ontario Basketball girls’ tournaments, and a leader at Laurier summer camp. She is also on the first team.
Guelph’s Ali Dzikowski (Brantford) is the West recipient of the Tracy McLeod Award, presented in recognition of determination, perseverance and unwavering spirit. Dzikowski has faced numerous setbacks with her health that have hampered her basketball career. In the summer of 2007, she tore her left ACL and missed her entire Grade 12 basketball season. After recovering and joining the Gryphons, she developed a blood clot in her left arm and had to sit out the first half of her rookie season. Dzikowski was able to rebound back into basketball, but at the Junior National Team tryouts in the summer of 2009, she tore her right ACL and spent the entire 2009-10 OUA season consumed with rehab. This season she suited up for the Gryphons averaging 11.1 points, and 5.8 rebounds per game. She added 46 assists and 14 blocks, as one of Guelph’s top players. Through it all, Dzikowski has never given up her dream of playing basketball.
Laurier’s Paul Falco is the 2011 OUA West Coach of the Year. This is Falco’s first coach of the year nod and Laurier’s first win since the 2002-03 season. After exiting the playoffs in the first round last season, Falco led his Golden Hawks to a 15-7 record this year and an OUA bronze medal berth. A former member of the Laurentian Voyageurs, and assistant coach of the Laurier men’s basketball team, Falco took the reins of the women’s team in the summer of 2008.
Guards Whitney Gorges ( Welland), of the Brock Badgers and Tasia McKenna (Timberlea, N.S.) of the Lakehead Thunderwolves round out the OUA West first team all-stars.
No strangers to the second team all-star list are McMaster’s Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton) and Lakehead’s Lindsay Druery (Smithville). Both receive their second consecutive nod this season. Brock’s Emily McKay (Toronto) and Western’s Jenny Vaughn (Dundas) receive their first all-star awards after finishing the regular season ranked fifth and ninth in OUA West scoring, respectively. Miah-Marie Langlois (Windsor) of the Windsor Lancers improves on last season’s all rookie recognition.
Joining Mazerolle of the all rookie team are Lacey Knox (Kingston) and Laura Dally (Bright’s Grove) of the Western Mustangs, Korissa Williams (Windsor) of the Windsor Lancers, and Darcy Zinck (Halifax, N.S.) of the Lakehead Thunderwolves.
Women’s East award winners and all-stars will be announced Wednesday, March 2.