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OUA to showcase women’s basketball’s best at All-Star game this weekend

Friday April 27, 2012

Three members of the Ottawa Gee-Gees will join the best in Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball this Saturday, April 28 for the fifth annual OUA All-Star game, presented by Recharge with Milk. The event will be held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. where the Gee-Gees will try to lead the East All-Stars to victory over the defending All-Star champions from the West. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.

CIS and OUA East Player of the Year Hannah Sunley-Paisley (Toronto) is no stranger to the OUA women’s basketball All-Star game as she suits up for her third straight appearance on Saturday. The 2011-12 CIS Player of the Year had a standout season for the Gee-Gees, leading the league with 406 total points, 18.45 points per game, and made the most field goals with 168 baskets. The fifth-year forward finishes her career with 1,483 points which places her sixth in the OUA all-time record books. She also cleaned up on the glass this season, collecting 209 rebounds to bring her career total to 993 rebounds, pushing her into second on the all-time rebounds list.

OUA East Rookie of the Year Kellie Ring (Ottawa) will also dress for Team East, and OUA East Coach of the Year Andy Sparks will be participating as head coach for the East. Ring is one of three rookies on the East squad, joining Queen’s forward Jenny Wright (Kingston, Ont.) and Samantha Ernest (Oakville, Ont.) of the York Lions. Ring was second in the OUA regular season with 4.8 assists per game (tied for sixth in the country), and sixth in the league with a 40 per cent shooting accuracy from three-point range.

Joining Ottawa’s major award winners on Team East are First Team All-Stars Alyson Bush (Ottawa) of the Carleton Ravens, Ryerson’s Ashley MacDonald (Port Colborne, Ont.), Toronto Varsity Blues guard Jill Stratton (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Queen’s standout Brittany Moore (Hannon, Ont.). The OUA East Second Team is represented by Toronto’s Sherri Pierce (Brampton, Ont.) and Ryerson’s Angela Tilk (Welland, Ont.).

Leading the OUA West team is a trio of Windsor Lancers who are by now very familiar to Gee-Gees fans. OUA and CIS defensive player of the year and CIS championship MVP Miah-Marie Langlois (Windsor, Ont.), who led the OUA in steals (77) and assists (107) throughout the regular season will join Lancer team mates Bojana Kovacevic (Windsor, Ont.) and Jessica Clémençon (St. Rambert, France) on Team West. Clémençon, the 2011-12 OUA West MVP and 2010-11 CIS Athlete of the Year, was the third leading scorer across the league, posting 17.59 points per game, and making 53.1 percent of her shots from the field.

Lakehead's Lindsay Druery (Smithville, Ont.), this year’s West Joy Bellinger and Sylvia Sweeney Award winner and OUA Second Team All-Star, will join the Windsor contingent on Team West. Druery finishes her career sixth all-time in OUA rebounds with 828.

The major award winners and two-time CIS champions are joined by First Team All-Stars Taylor Chiarot (Hamilton, Ont.) of McMaster, Brock’s Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and Jenny Vaughan (Dundas, Ont.) of the Western Mustangs. Representing the West Division Second Team are Guelph’s Jasmine Douglas (Guelph, Ont.) and Western’s Laura Dally (Bright’s Grove, Ont.). Also joining forces is All-Rookie Kayla Santilli (Brantford, Ont.) of the Brock Badgers. Team West is coached by Windsor bench bosses Chantal Vallée and Josh Leeman.

A full day of events is planned before the All-Star game, beginning with an OBA Mega Hoops Mania clinic run by the OUA All-Stars at 1 p.m. This two hour, fun-filled, action packed skill session will lead participants through progressive activities as they learn the proper execution of basketball fundamentals. Following the clinic the All-Stars will take to the court for the Recharge with Milk 2-Ball contest at 4 p.m. This high-energy and skill testing competition will see OUA All-Stars teamed up to determine which hoops duo can make the most baskets in sixty seconds.

The OUA All-Star game is being held in conjunction with the 2012 U16 Major Midget OBA Provincial Championships, with games taking place in the Kitchener/Waterloo region all weekend.

OUA recognizes the following sponsors for their support of this event; Recharge with Milk, Wilson Sports Equipment of Canada and Ontario Basketball (OBA).

OUA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS

OUA WEST ROSTER

Jenny Vaughan – Western Mustangs
Bojana Kovacevic – Windsor Lancers
Kayla Santilli – Brock Badgers
Laura Dally – Western Mustangs
Miah-Marie Langlois – Windsor Lancers
Jessica Clémençon – Windsor Lancers
Taylor Chiarot – McMaster Marauders
Nicole Rosenkranz – Brock Badgers
Jasmine Douglas – Guelph Gryphons
Lindsay Druery – Lakehead Thunderwolves

Coach: Chantal Vallée, Windsor Lancers
Assistant Coach: Josh Leeman, Windsor Lancers  

OUA EAST ROSTER

Alyson Bush – Carleton Ravens
Jill Stratton – Toronto Varsity Blues
Brittany Moore – Queen’s Gaels
Ashley MacDonald – Ryerson Rams
Samantha Ernest – York Lions
Kellie Ring – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Hannah Sunley-Paisley – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Angela Tilk – Ryerson Rams
Jenny Wright – Queen’s Gaels
Sherri Pierce – Toronto Varsity Blues

Coach: Andy Sparks, Ottawa Gee-Gees