Two Gee-Gees players were named OUA Stars on Wednesday as the league released the 2014-15 First and Second Teams for women’s basketball. Kellie Ring was also announced as the league’s Tracy McLeod Award recipient for returning to the Gee-Gees this season after two ACL surgeries.
Guard Stephanie MacDonald finished sixth in the conference with 16.2 points per game and is a first-team all-star after being named to the second-team last year. Along with being the team’s number one scoring option, MacDonald averaged 5.1 total rebounds, and was ninth in the conference with 52 offensive boards.
Krista van Slingerland was named to the second team of all-stars. The senior wing player was second on the team averaging 11.4 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds, and a 50.3 field goal percentage that ranked seventh in the conference.
The Tracy McLeod Award is given annually to a female student-athlete in recognition of determination, perseverance, and unwavering spirit, and this year is awarded to Gee-Gees guard Kellie Ring. In the winter of 2013, Ring tore her ACL and after undergoing surgery a few months later, returned to practice in September only to re-tear the ACL. Despite trying to return at Christmas, she required another surgery in February 2014.
“The two ACLs are obviously a long time for recovery, but she has gone through numerous other things that a lot of players would not have played though,” said Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks, listing off two concussions, two high ankle sprains, a broken toe, and a broken arm as part of the trials Ring has endured over the past three seasons.
“She has tremendous willpower to take the adversity and just fight back. She’s done a tremendous job of that and she continues to play in spite of everything. She played very well and was instrumental in us getting as far as we did. She has tremendous leadership qualities and is a great example to her team mates because of the things she has fought through.”
Through perseverance and dedication, Ring got back on the court in November of this season and played in all 19 of Ottawa’s regular season games, averaging 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and saw her minutes increase as the season went along.