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Gee-Gees well represented among OUA East All-Stars

Wednesday March 2, 2011

This morning, the OUA announced its 2010-11 All-Star selections for women’s basketball. It was fourth-year forward Hannah Sunley-Paisley, Toronto, Ont., who took home top honours as the women’s OUA East division Player of the Year, good enough for a First-Team All-Star selection as well. Joining Hannah are teammates Jenna Gilbert, Ottawa, Ont., who was named as a Second-Team All-Star, and rookie point guard Kim Cupid, Toronto, Ont, who was named to the OUA East All-Rookie Team. Finally, first-year guard Sarah Nolette is the OUA East’s Tracy McLeod Award recipient.

Head coach Andy Sparks describes Hannah’s accomplishment as not only great for her, but for her teammates as well.

This is Hannah’s third consecutive OUA individual award; she was also last year’s OUA East Player of the Year as well as the OUA East Rookie of the Year just two years ago. The Toronto native led the Gee-Gees in scoring with an average of 15.91 points per game to finish fifth among OUA scoring leaders. Still more impressive was her ability to rebound the ball this season with 253 rebounds in 22 games (11.5 RPG) to lead the OUA. That is 30 more than the runner-up.

Second-year nursing student Jenna Gilbert finally made her CIS debut in November after transferring from LaSalle University (NCAA) and having to sit out a full year due to eligibility issues. While Jenna is an OUA Second-Team All-Star, she could have potentially been a First-Team All-Star had she played a full season with the Gee-Gees.

“Jenna being selected as a second team all-star is certainly testament to what the other coaches thought of her as a player, and what she’s capable of,” said Sparks. Jenna put up some solid performances for her team in the second half of the season; in only fourteen games, she still averaged just under 14 points a game.

As for Kim Cupid, Sparks believes his rookie had a great season at the point guard position. Although she has struggled in the last month with some injuries, the 5’2’’ point guard has been a great two-way player for the Gee-Gees all season; she was also the runner-up for the OUA East Defensive Player of the Year. She plays the game with great speed and determination.

Lastly, Sarah Nolette is the ideal candidate for the Tracy McLeod Award, awarded to the player who shows great dedication and perseverance. “She obviously has a fantastic story to her, and she is an awesome kid,” says Sparks. In her junior high-school year, Sarah was struck with an acute neurological disease wherein she was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. Nolette refused to give in, and made a triumphant return only two months later much to the amazement of her teammates, friends, and family.

Sparks finished by saying that the all-star selections are testament to their 14-8 season, and why they are still very much alive in the playoff race right now. The Gee-Gees will travel to London this weekend to battle the Mustangs for fifth in the OUA and a favorable seed in next weekend’s regional tournaments. 

2010-11 OUA EAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Player of the Year
Hannah Sunley-Paisley

Rookie of the Year
Jill Stratton – Toronto

Defensive Player of the Year
Katie Goggins – Laurentian

Joy Bellinger Award
Katie Goggins – Laurentian

Tracy McLeod Award
Sarah Nolette - Ottawa

Coach of the Year
Michèle Bélanger – Toronto

First Team All-Stars
Hannah Sunley Paisley – Ottawa
Ashley MacDonald – Ryerson
Lisa Furchner – Laurentian
Brittany Moore – Queen’s
Nicki Schutz – Toronto

Second Team All-Stars
Brittany Szockyj – York
Alyson Bush – Carleton
Sherri Pierce – Toronto
Katie Goggins – Laurentian
Jenna Gilbert – Ottawa

All-Rookie Team
Jill Stratton – Toronto
Kim Cupid – Ottawa
Liz Boag – Queen’s
Ashley Clarke – Ryerson
Gemma Bullard – Queen’s