The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team is proud to announce the signing of Angela Ribarich. Angela,a 6’5” centre from Toronto, is returning to Canada after two years at NCAA Division 1 Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
During her time at Lafayette College, Angela was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team, appearing in all 29 games, averaging 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and a team-high 1.2 blocks per game. In addition to the All-Rookie Team, she was also named a two-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week. During her second year, she started in four of her fifteen games before she suffered a season-ending foot injury.
Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks is thrilled with Angela’s decision to join the University of Ottawa:
“We recruited Angela in her final year of high school, however she decided to take her talents south to Lafayette College, where she was able to gain some great experience.
We were contacted by Angela in the spring, letting us know she had decided to return to Canada. She had short-listed the University of Ottawa as one of her two choices and we feel very fortunate that she decided to become a Gee-Gee.
Angela is a talented post player with great hands, who is a good finisher and rebounder. Her addition, along with Brigitte Lefebvre-Okankwu, will solidify the 4-5 positions for the next three years. Adding a post player of her caliber will also make her teammates better, as she an unselfish person and that translates to her style of play. As good as Angela is on the court, her strength of character is even more valuable, as she is type of person we look for in a teammate.
Angela will be able to contribute right away next season, which gives us much more flexibility in our lineup.
Most importantly, Angela has a great family that supports her and keeps her grounded. We are very excited to bring Angela into our program and have her be a part of our family.”
Angela has already been in Ottawa on a couple of occasions to meet the team, visit the campus and find an apartment. She was excited during her most recent visit to talk about her playing style and how she will make an impact for the Gee-Gees. “I’m a big player, so I like to play back to the basket, I like power moves and I’m not a very quick person. I think the game typically in Canada is a lot faster - it’s a lot of transition and I think that being a bigger and slower player will kind of slow down the game for the other players. I think I will allow my team to take a second longer to think about a shot or a pass.”
Angela also spoke about her beginnings in basketball and her path to the University of Ottawa: “I started late, in grade 9. I had a very enthusiastic high school coach, he kind of forced me into it and thank God he did. I started there and I worked my way up to the Women’s Junior Elite League (JUEL). When I was looking at schools, uOttawa was one of my top choices. I decided to go to Lafayette because it was a full scholarship, but this past year I broke my foot and went through surgery, which I had to go through all alone. I think that’s what really made me want to come back, because I knew that here in Ontario, I have the family and community behind me and I’m really looking forward to that this season. This feels more like my home.”
Her season ending injury last year has really motivated her for the upcoming year:“It was rough, I haven’t even been able to practice in months and just being at the mini-camp here last week got me so excited for the season. All I’ve wanted to do for the past couple of weeks is go for a run, so I’m desperate to get back and keep working because I’m someone who really likes to work hard. So it’s more than just wins and losses, I like to work hard, I like to get better and I like to make other people better. Having to wait that long has just made it that much sweeter.”
Angela said that she was very close to attending uOttawa when she was coming out of high school. “It was the next school that I was thinking of and it was my number one choice in Canada. It’s a great academic school and it has a great team. I met the team and they’re a great bunch of girls, they’re all just great friends with each other.”
Angela has been admitted to the University of Ottawa and has accepted her offer for a degree in political studies and philosophy. She is very happy to have a new beginning and spoke about what she is most excited about. “To start practicing. Also, our exhibition tournament in Cost Rica will be great. I don’t know, I think just beginning is going to be really exciting. Our first game will be really big as well.” The women’s basketball team will be travelling to Costa Rica again in August where they will face some stiff competition from NCAA schools. Join the Gee-Gees this season to watch Angela Ribarich and the women’s basketball team as they battle for a U SPORTS national championship.