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Four new recruits for the Gee-Gees Women’s Basketball team

Tuesday July 14, 2015
Gee-Gees in action.
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Barrie Royals

Brianne Elbers | 6’1” | Centre |Orillia, ON

Brianne Elbers is joining the Gee-Gees squad by way of the Barrie Royals. At 6’1”, Elbers played centre for the Royals, who placed third in their division (19th in the province) this past year. uOttawa was the right academic fit for Elbers, who will pursue a degree in biomedical science; although she was unsure if basketball would be part of her next chapter, the aspiring MD is looking forward to playing university-level basketball next year. “Brianne is highly intelligent and picks up the game quickly,” says Head Coach coach Andy Sparks of the recruit, “We are excited to develop her skills over the coming season.”

Aliisa Heiskanen | 5’11” | Shooting Guard | Thunder Bay, ON

Aliisa Heiskanen has already notched valuable experience playing at a high level. Her involvement with Canada Basketball’s Centre for Performance and membership on the U17 Team Ontario gives her a rare edge on other rookies entering the league. At 5’11” Heiskanen will have a height advantage over many players at her position; an advantage which she put to good use in high school, collecting 7.4 rebounds per game while averaging 26.5 points per outing. “Aliisa is ready to play at this level. She has provincial team experience and brings us some size and mobility,” says Sparks. Having been sidelined by an ACL injury since last November, Aliisa will return to the court this summer in preparation of her CIS-debut.

Anne Wagar | 6’0” | Power Forward | Kingston, ON

Anne Wagar is relatively new to the game of basketball, starting her competitive career in only grade 9. Despite her late start, Wagar flourished with the Kingston Impact’s JUEL program. She represented the St. Lawrence region at the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and has continued to develop her game since. Following in her mother’s footsteps (who is a uOttawa Criminology alumna), Wagar will be taking Criminology at uOttawa next year. “Anne has a big upside. She is a great kid who is highly coachable; her height and physicality make her a welcome addition to the squad.”

Brooklyn McAlear |5’6” | Point Guard | Ottawa, ON

Brooklyn McAlear will be joining the Gee-Gees at the point-guard spot. McAlear is a graduate of St. Mathew S.S., where she collected basketball MVP honors in 2013. In her senior year the floor general recorded 22 points, five rebounds and four steals in the city final, qualifying her team for the AA OFSAA tournament where they would win gold. On the court, McAlear is known for her court vision and defensive effort. “Brooklyn is an outstanding athlete, gritty on the defensive end and unselfish at the point-guard position. She will be able to run a team one day,” says coach Sparks.