|MacDonald and Tilk to play in all-star game|
Ryerson women's basketball players Ashley MacDonald and Angela Tilk will suit up for the East division in the fifth annual OUA All-Star game on Saturday, April 28 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.
MacDonald, a native of Port Colborne, Ont., earned her second straight first-team all-star nod after finishing the year second in conference scoring with 18.2 points per game. The fifth-year guard and two-time Ryerson Female Athlete of the Year, was fifth in the CIS with 401 total points, and scored 10 or more points in 20 of 22 conference games this season.
After becoming one of the OUA's dominant post-players this season, Tilk was recognized as a second-team all-star for the first time in her four years with the Rams. The former conference all-rookie tallied a career-best eight double-doubles this season and finished amongst the OUA's top scorers and rebounders. The Welland, Ont. product was seventh in the league with 14.5 points per game, and finished sixth with 9.4 rebounds per game.
HAMILTON, Ont. - The best of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) women's basketball will take to the court this Saturday, April 28 in the fifth annual OUA All-Star game, presented by Recharge with Milk. Come out to Laurier's Athletic Complex to watch as the Team East tries to knock off the defending champions Team West. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. and admission is free.
Leading the OUA West team is OUA/CIS defensive player of the year and CIS championship MVP Miah-Marie Langlois (Windsor, Ont.). The third-year point guard was a major asset for the national champions, and led the OUA in steals (77) and assists (107) throughout the regular season. Lancer team mates Bojana Kovacevic (Windsor, Ont.) and Jessica Clemencon (St. Rambert, France) will also be an imposing presence for Team West. Clemencon, 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 Vallee and Josh Leeman. The best of the West will undoubtedly be in good hands with these two.
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. Gee-Gees teammate and OUA East Rookie of the Year Kellie Ring (Ottawa) will also dress for Team East. The Gee-Gees representatives will have a familiar face on the bench in the form of OUA East Coach of the Year Andy Sparks.
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.). Team East will have a strong rookie presence in the form of Queen's forward Jenny Wright (Kingston, Ont.) and Samantha Ernest (Oakville, Ont.) of the York Lions.
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.
There are still spots available for the OBA Mega Hoops Mania clinic! Click here for more information and to register!
OUA recognizes the following sponsors for their support of this event; Recharge with Milk, Wilson Sports Equipment of Canada and Ontario Basketball (OBA).
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