The top women’s basketball players in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association were honoured this week in Ottawa in advance of the 2011 OCAA women’s basketball championship hosted by Algonquin College
Summer Bly (Barrie) of the Georgian Grizzlies is the 2010-11 player of the year. The OCAA East defensive player of the year was dominant on both ends of the court, averaging 15.0 points per game while leading the OCAA in blocks with 55. The fourth-year veteran was third in the conference with 154 rebounds while adding 43 steals. Bly is a Canadian Colleges Athletic Association all-Canadian and an OCAA East first-team all-star.
Jenny Allen (Ottawa) of the OCAA East champion Algonquin Thunder is also a CCAA all-Canadian. The fourth-year guard had a positive impact both offensively and defensively, quarterbacking the Algonquin offence with a league-leading 88 assists, while contributing 52 steals, six behind the OCAA leader. Allen averaged 13.9 points per game and grabbed 55 rebounds. She is also an OCAA East first-team all-star.
Fleming Knights forward Cait Nemeczek (Peterborough) is the OCAA rookie of the year. Nemeczek led the OCAA with 174 rebounds, nine more than her closest rival. The East rookie of the year also led Fleming (Peterborough) in offence averaging 12.8 points per game and blocks with seven. Nemeczek was second-best on her team in steals with 18. Nemeczek headlines the OCAA East all-rookie team.
Georgian Grizzlies head coach Marnie Buchanan is a nominee for CCAA coach of the year. The Grizzlies had a five-game turnaround this season with a record of 11-5, good for third place in the OCAA East. Georgian started the season 1-3 before putting together a nine-game win streak. Buchanan is the OCAA East coach of the year.
Sheridan Bruins guard Desiree Tindugan (Mississauga) is the OCAA West rookie of the year. Tindugan contributed 12.9 points per game, 68 rebounds, 28 assists and 17 steals for the OCAA West champion Bruins. She also headlines the OCAA West all-rookie team.
Kaitlind Dutrizac (London) of the Fanshawe Falcons is the OCAA West defensive player of the year. The fourth-year guard earned 54 rebounds and 37 steals in 2010-11.
Ron Lemon of the Niagara Knights is the OCAA West coach of the year. Niagara finished with a 10-4 record, good for third place in the division and a three-game turnaround from a year ago. Niagara began the season with a five-game win streak.
Joining Bly and Allen as OCAA East first-team all-stars are Algonquin’s Dayna Dover (Ottawa); Durham’s Erin Emery (White Rock, B.C.); and Seneca’s Monique Webley (Toronto). Dover was the leading scorer in the OCAA East.
OCAA overall scoring champion Sara Levesque (Hornepayne) of St. Clair headlines the OCAA West first-team all-stars. They include Carolyn Fragale (Thunder Bay, Ont.) of Algoma; Kaitlyn McKenna (St. Catharines) of Niagara; as well as Michelle Asare (Brampton) and Tanya Perry (Barrie) of Sheridan.
OCAA East second-team all-stars include Trish Grey (Ottawa) of Algonquin; Laura Pacevicius (Toronto) of Durham; Dana Marley (Innisfil) of Georgian; Ruth Holland (Peterborough) of Seneca; and Cory Ridgley (Kingston) of St. Lawrence (Kingston).
Fanshawe’s Natasha Amo (Etobicoke); Humber’s Kayla Suriani (Hamilton) and Kaitlynn Paulley (Sarnia); Mohawk’s Morgan Taylor (Shallow Lake); and St. Clair’s Sarah Stevens (Windsor) form the OCAA West second-team all-stars.
Joining Nemeczek as members of the OCAA East all-rookie team are Kristina Lane (Toronto) of George Brown; Courtney Blum (Barrie) of Georgian; as well as Samantha Goff (Omemee) and Haley Sisler (Belleville) of Loyalist.
In addition to Tindugan, Algoma’s Tannis Olson (Prescott); Humber’s Kara Barsevich (Orillia); Mohawk’s Rachelle Abella (Hamilton); and St. Clair’s Arica Price (Fort McMurray, Alta.) round out the OCAA West all-rookie team.