The University of Ottawa women’s basketball program is pleased to announce that Kalina Alexander-Renaud of Alymer, Que., has committed to the team for 2016-17.
Alexander-Renaud is a 6-foot-1 forward who has proved her scoring abilities while bringing the Arsenal of College Nouvelles-Frontières back to competitive levels within the RSEQ. In 2014 she was named the RSEQ Rookie of the Year and a second team all-star for Quebec’s first collegiate division, averaging 16.8 points per game to lead the league.
She was the top scorer again in 2014-15 and this year she is netting 17 points per game even as a known quantity, frequently drawing double-teams. She can extend to the three-point line, and also makes frequent trips to the charity stripe.
“Kalina is a very talented player,” says Gee-Gees head coach Andy Sparks simply before expanding. “She’s good on the perimeter and finishes well inside. She’s a good shot blocker and sees the floor well. We’re excited to have her join the team.”
The new recruit puts the team accomplishments ahead of her own, noting that she is most proud of the development of the Arsenal program. “When I came to my CEGEP we were last, and now we are number four so it’s a big thing for me that people see me on the court and they know where I am and they know that if they don’t guard me I’m going to score. Before, teams were not respecting our team and would not even do a real warmup.”
That team-first mentality and willingness to put in the work is reflected in her choice of mentor on the Gee-Gees, Kellie Forand. “I really like the vibe of the team. I know Kellie Forand and how she works. She is determined to win and if the whole team is like that that’s the place I want to be.”
However, the local product admits that joining the garnet and grey has been a goal for a long time. “I have always wanted to be a Gee-Gee,” said Kalina, who has come to watch games at Montpetit since she was young. “I needed to play during University – not having basketball for a couple of years was not an option.”
Adding to the familiarity is the trust that she feels working with Patrick Flynn, the Gee-Gees assistant coach who has worked with Alexander-Renaud on the Outaouais regional team for the past several summers.
Overall, it is an exciting fit for both player and program as the Gee-Gees continue to compete for a spot at the national championship tournament this season. Ottawa currently ranks first in the OUA North Division with a regular season record of 7-1.