Four players from the Golden Horseshoe picked up recognition for their regular season play as Ontario University Athletics announced its East Division women’s basketball awards winners on Monday (Feb. 27). Stars from the West Division, in which McMaster Marauders compete, will be announced on Tuesday (Feb. 28)
Two student-athletes returning to the First-Team All-Star list include Ryerson’s Ashley MacDonald of Port Colborne and Queen’s Brittany Moore of Hannon.
MacDonald led the league in scoring for much of the year and ultimately finished second with 401 points and an average of 18.23 points per game. She finishes her career with 1,218 points, placing her eighteenth all-time. MacDonald logged the most minutes of any OUA player and helped the Rams top their win total from a season ago.Meanwhile, Moore has earned her fourth First-Team All-Star nod in her five-year collegiate career. She racked up 378 points this season and averaged 17.18 points per game to finish fourth in the league and closed her career second in OUA all-time scoring with 1,652 points for the Gaels.
Making the Second Team All-Stars is Ryerson’s Angela Tilks from Welland.
Included in the top five rookies from the east division is York Lions’ forward Samantha Ernest of Oakville. She takes her place on the All-Rookie team after dropping 204 points in her freshman campaign.
The first place Ottawa Gee-Gees swept the major award winners and forward Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto) has garnered her third straight east Player of the Year honour. She has also been named a First-Team All-Star.
Ottawa native Bess Lennox completed her eligibility with the Gee-Gees this year and picked up two major awards as she has been named the Defensive Player of the Year and the Joy Bellinger Award winner, presented annually to a female student-athlete in recognition of outstanding service to the sport and to the advancement of university athletics.
First-year guard Kellie Ring takes home this year’s east Rookie of the Year honours.
Rounding out the Gee-Gees major awards for this year is Ottawa’s Andy Sparks, taking home the Coach of the Year award. This is the second such award for Sparks.
First-Team All-Stars: Sunley-Paisley, Ottawa; Alyson Bus, Carleton; Ashley MacDonald, Ryerson; Moore, Queen’s; Jill Stratton, Toronto.
Second-Team: Lennox, Ottawa; Ashleigh Cleary, Carleton; Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa; Tilk, Ryerson; Sherri Pierce, Toronto.
All-Rookie Team: Kellie Ring, Ottawa; Jenny Wright, Queen’s; Samantha Ernest, York; Maddie Stephen, Ottawa; Chloe Levy, Carleton.