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Recruiting update: 6’2 Katherine Lemoine to join women’s basketball in September

Friday January 13, 2012

The University of Ottawa women's basketball program has found another key piece of their 2012 roster in the form of Cornwall's Katherine Lemoine. Lemoine has committed to uOttawa and will join the Gee-Gees in September.

The 6'2 post player recently wrapped up her impressive career at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Cornwall, Ont. where she has led the Falcons deep into OFSAA tournaments with her strong post presence and scoring touch. Lemoine only took up basketball in her grade eight year, but has developed at a rapid pace and was on the radar of many universities.

"Getting big, talented post players to stay in Canada is always difficult and we are fortunate to have Katherine joining us with the Gee-Gees next year," said uOttawa head coach Andy Sparks. "She has great determination and will unquestionably bring a tremendous amount to our program over the coming years."

Ultimately, familiarity with uOttawa's downtown campus and the reputation of Sparks swayed Lemoine, who chose to stay close to home to pursue her goal of becoming a teacher while contributing to a competitive CIS program.

"I'm very excited to join the team," said Lemoine before determinedly taking to the court at a recent Ottawa Capitals JUEL team practice in Orleans. "I really like Coach Sparks' style as a coach; I have the highest respect for him. I am ready to do whatever I have to do to become a better player and contribute to the team." This winter she is training in Ottawa with the Capitals JUEL team alongside fellow uOttawa recruit Catherine Traer.

Lemoine plans to study human kinetics, and has been working with teachers during her spare period at school in order to gain experience working in a classroom. Coach Sparks knows that Lemoine's character is important as well, noting that, "as good a player as she is, Katherine is even a better person who will be a great teammate."

The Gee-Gees are currently ranked seventh in the nation and lead the OUA East with an 8-2 record. The team will also be hosting the 2012 CIS East Regional Tournament, the final step before the national championship tournament, from March 9-10.