Mac recruit brings versatility to women’s basketball

ally schweitzerWhile size is always a coveted commodity in basketball circles, McMaster coach Theresa Burns believes her latest recruit, Ally Schweitzer, brings more than just inches to the Marauders women’s basketball program.

Standing 6-1, Schweitzer has good size but she is also a multi-sport athlete who, along with basketball, has competed in volleyball, rugby, swimming and badminton during her time at Barrie Central Collegiate.

“Ally is a very athletic, mobile forward, who has excelled at several different sports,” explained Burns. “Her terrific athleticism will allow her to fit right into our up-tempo style of play and we are so pleased to welcome her into the Marauder family.”

A tenacious rebounder, Schweitzer has been involved with the Barrie Royals Basketball Club for the past nine years, and was named an all-star in the provincial JUEL league.

“After visiting the school and getting a chance to meet the basketball team, I knew immediately it was the right fit for me,” Schweitzer said about her choice to attend McMaster. “The atmosphere and the team dynamic was so positive, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”

Schweitzer brings an impressive record of success to the Marauders, having won numerous championships and capturing medals at Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations playoffs in both basketball and rugby.

“Because Ally is so athletic we know she can defend well from the paint out to the perimeter,” Burns said. “As she adjusts to the physicality of the university game, we expect her to contribute at the offensive end as well. Ally has a tremendous work ethic and a very positive personality. She’s a great fit for our team.”

Along with playing basketball for the Maroon, Schweitzer will be studying kinesiology and added the strong academic reputation of the program was a factor in her decision to come to Hamilton.

Schweitzer becomes the third Marauder recruit commitment for 2014 following Linnaea Harper of Newmarket and Hamilton native Erin Burns.