For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Ontario University Athletics West Division female Player of the Year award for 2012-13 basketball season goes to a member of the Brock Badgers.
Brock’s Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls) is the first Badger so honoured since Jodie Ebeling in 2004-05. Rosenkranz was a force on both ends of the floor for the Badgers, who finished the season 18-3 and in second place in the West. The six-foot-one forward averaged 16.1 points per contest and narrowly missed out on averaging a double-double, picking up 9.5 rebounds per game. Rosenkranz had 199 total rebounds on the year to finish second in OUA, and led the conference in defensive boards with 155. She also finished tied for second in OUA in blocks, at 1.5 per game and in double-doubles with nine.
The major award is the first in her career, and she was also named a first team all-star for the second consecutive season.The 2004-05 campaign was also the last time the McMaster Marauders had a rookie of the year, until now. The 2012-13 Rookie of the Year award goes to Marauders guard Danielle Boiago (Hamilton).
In her debut season, Boiago made her mark. Seeing action in all 21 games, she finished eighth in OUA scoring (15.3 PPG) while chipping in 4.5 rebounds per game. She also demonstrated her defensive prowess by finishing eighth in conference play and fifth in the division with 2.4 steals per game.
On the strength of her remarkable season, Boiago was also named a member of the west division’s all-rookie team.
For the second year in a row Miah-Marie Langlois of the Windsor Lancers is the OUA West Defensive Player of the Year. The fourth-year guard out of Windsor, earned the award for tenacity on defence, and the strength of a league high 3.2 steals per game and 6.3 rebounds per outing while being responsible for defending the opponents top guard.
In addition to her defensive game, she also averaged 12.0 points per game and finished second in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and first in OUA with 6.0 assists per game. This year also marks her third straight selection as a division all-star after being named to the first team last year, and the second team in 2010-11.
Langlois is also the 2012-13 recipient of the division’s 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.
In addition to her time on the court with the Lancers, she has been able to maintain an A-average in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Through all of those activities she has also given time to volunteering over the past six years with the Windsor Valiants house league basketball program, as well as speaking on respect and leadership at local schools. Langlois is also a leader in the community involvement of the Lancers women’s basketball team, aiding in the organization of community events including read-a-thons, basketball clinics and other charitable initiatives.
The Tracy McLeod Award is presented in recognition of determination, perseverance and unwavering spirit. The OUA West winner this year is Amber Hillis (Hamilton) of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
At just five-foot-three, Hillis has had to work hard since the beginning of her OUA career. She had setbacks when major injuries, including a torn disc in her back and a concussion, caused her to miss portions of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season. It was in these cases where she could have understandably closed the book on her career, but her work ethic and dedication to her team wouldn’t allow it.
The five-year starter put in a valiant effort to work her way back to game shape in her final season, and her positive attitude has never wavered in the face of adversity. She continues to be the team’s leader both on and off the court and her perseverance has been an inspiration for her younger Golden Hawk teammates. Hillis closed out her university career this season by contributing 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.
Brock Badgers head coach Si Khounviseth rounds out the major award winners after being named OUA West coach of the year. In his fourth season as the head coach of the Badgers, Khounviseth earns the award for the first time. He guided his team to an 18-3 regular season record which included 14 straight wins to open the season. His squad finished the year fourth-best in OUA points allowed (56.1 PPG) and outscored its opponents by an average of 8.2 points per game, also fourth in OUA.
Khounviseth has coached his players to success, including one player on each of the first, second and all-rookie teams this year.
Joining Rosenkranz and Langlois as first team all-stars this season are Western Mustangs guard Jenny Vaughan, Windsor Lancers forward Jessica Clemencon and McMaster post Hailey Milligan.
Vaughan (Dundas) led OUA in scoring. Her 19.6 points per game represents the highest average in the conference since the 2007-08 season. Vaughan was arguably the most dynamic player on a Western squad that finished the year 11-10. The fourth-year guard averaged nearly 35 minutes per game, shot 45 percent from the floor and added 2.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest. She becomes a first team all-star for the second straight year after earning second team status in her first OUA season in 2010-11.
Clemencon (St-Rambert, France), a two-time OUA and CIS Player of the Year, becomes a first team all-star for a remarkable fourth time in as many years. Finishing second to Vaughn in the scoring race (17.9 PPG), Clemencon was a key piece of the Windsor Lancers team that went 21-0 on the season. The six-foot-three forward shot 57 percent from the floor, the highest among qualifying athletes, and added 7.3 rebounds per game.
McMaster’s Hailey Milligan (Brantford) had a break-out year in her fourth season. Having never been an all-star in any of the previous three seasons, the fourth-year post was one of only two OUA players to average a double-double. Her 11.5 rebounds per game was tops in the OUA and CIS, and her 16.3 points was fourth in the conference.
Players from five schools make up the second all-star team.
After being named to the all-rookie team in 2010-11, Windsor guard Korissa Williams (Windsor) becomes an all-star for the first time, receiving second team honours on the strength of a 15.1 point, 5.2 rebound, 2.8 assist average season where she shot an impressive 52 percent from the floor.
Carolyn Fragale (Thunder Bay) of the Lakehead Thunderwolves is also a member of the second team. The fifth-year guard becomes an all-star for the first time in her career after collecting 15.4 points and 3.2 assists per game, helping the Thunderwolves to a 7-14 record.
Named to the all-rookie team a year ago, Brock’s Kayla Santilli (Brantford) now has a second team all-star nod to go along with it. By averaging 12.6 points per game she finished second in scoring for the 18-3 Badgers, and ninth in the OUA West.
Laura Dally (Bright’s Grove, Ont.) is the engine that makes the Western Mustangs go. The third-year guard finished the season averaging 12.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game en route to being named a second team all-star for the second straight season.
Third-year Guelph Gryphons forward Kayla Goodhoofd (Oakville) rounds out the second team all-stars. Goodhoofd averaged 13.0 points per game in 19 contests this year to lead the Gryphs. She also shot 40 percent from the floor en route to the first postseason recognition in her career.
Joining McMaster’s Boiago on the OUA West all-rookie team are Guelph’s Erica McFadden, Kaitlyn Schenck of the Laurier Golden Hawks, Windsor’s Caitlyn Longmuir and Dayna Howlett of the Brock Badgers.
McFadden (Alma, Ont.) played quality minutes in her first OUA season, seeing over 29 minutes of floor time per game for the Gryphons. She finished 20th in scoring in the OUA with 11.9 points per game, good enough for third among OUA rookies.
In her debut campaign, Laurier’s Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) averaged an efficient 7.4 points per game while averaging 19.4 minutes, helping the Golden Hawks to an 11-10 record and a playoff appearance.
Longmuir (Kingsville, Ont.) was the top rookie on the 21-0 Lancer squad this year. The five-foot-six guard averaged 3.0 points per game, and her smart play and clutch defence allowed her role to increase late in the season.
Brock’s Howlett (Burlington) rounds out the all-rookie team. A six-foot forward, Howlett played key minutes off the bench and provided additional depth to the already deep Badger forwards. She chipped in 3.5 points per contest while averaging 13 minutes.
2012-13 OUA WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
Player of the Year: Nicole Rosenkranz – Brock
Rookie of the Year: Danielle Boiago – McMaster
Defensive Player of the Year: Miah-Marie Langlois – Windsor
Joy Bellinger Award: Miah-Marie Langlois – Windsor
Tracy McLeod Award: Amber Hillis – Laurier
Coach of the Year: Si Khounviseth – Brock
OUA WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ALL-STARS
Nicole Rosenkranz – Brock
Jenny Vaughan – Western
Jessica Clemencon – Windsor
Hailey Milligan – McMaster
Miah-Marie Langlois – Windsor
Korissa Williams – Windsor
Carolyn Fragale – Lakehead
Kayla Santilli – Brock
Laura Dally – Western
Kayla Goodhoofd – Guelph
Danielle Boiago – McMaster
Erica McFadden – Guelph
Kaitlyn Schenck – Laurier
Caitlyn Longmuir – Windsor
Dayna Howlett – Brock