The Gee-Gees women’s basketball team posted a 17-2 record this regular season, topping the OUA North Division standings and finishing first overall in the OUA playoff race. Those efforts have been reflected with five members of the garnet and grey earning conference recognition, as the league announced the all-stars and major award winners on Monday.
The announcement comes ahead of this week’s OUA Critelli Cup Final Four, hosted by uOttawa. The Gee-Gees will look to hoist the OUA Championship banner for the third time, and face off against the McMaster Marauders on semifinal Friday. The Windsor Lancers will meet the Ryerson Rams in the other semifinal. Tickets are on sale now on the Gee-Gees tickets website.
Head coach Andy Sparks won the OUA Coach of the Year award after his squad had its highest winning percentage of the eight seasons he has been at the helm of the Gee-Gees women’s basketball program. Sparks, who also earned the conference coach of the year award in 2008-09, 2011-12, and 2012-13, has a career conference record of 121-47 (.720) and has guided uOttawa to the playoffs each season of his tenure.
Krista van Slingerland was named as the Tracy McLeod Award winner, recognizing her work as a co-founder of the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI). The national non-profit organization focuses on improving the services offered to student-athletes dealing with mental health issues. The Waterloo, Ont. native is currently completing a human kinetics masters, and has been accepted into a PhD program and will continue her research.
On the court, the Gee-Gees were led this season by fourth-year veteran Kellie Ring who has been named a first-team all-star for the second time in her career. Ring, who was also selected to the East division squad in 2012-13, averaged 11.5 points and a team high 7.6 rebounds per game for her hometown Gee-Gees. The fourth-year communications major provided 4.3 assists per game this season and became the program’s career leader in assists with 356 total in her 80 regular season games.
Two Gee-Gees have been made second-team selections as Catherine Traer (Chelsea, Que.) and Julia Soriano (Toronto, Ont.) have been rewarded following strong seasons. Traer finished fourth in the OUA averaging 16.0 points per game while Soriano averaged 33.2 minutes per game for the Gee-Gees and finished second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (44.2). Both players are first-time all-stars after being teammates on the 2012-13 all-rookie team.
For the full All-Star team announcements, visit OUA.ca.