Saint Mary’s Colley repeats as CIS women’s basketball player of the year

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Nan Copp Award (player of the year): Justine Colley, Saint Mary’s

Photo credit Edwin Tam

WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – Justine Colley, a fifth-year guardfrom Saint Mary’s University, was named the CIS player of theyear in women’s basketball for the second straight season,Thursday night.

The native of East Preston, N.S., became the sixth multiplewinner of the Nan Copp Award and the first sinceSaskatchewan’s Sarah Crooks, who was honoured in 2006 and2007. Colley remains the only player from the Atlantic UniversitySport conference to merit CIS-MVP honours.

Miah-Marie Langlois from the reigning three-time nationalchampion Windsor Lancers was also announced as a repeat winner atthe All-Canadian Banquet held at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.The fifth-year guard from Windsor was voted the best defensiveplayer in the country for a remarkable third consecutivecampaign.

Other major award recipients for the 2013-14 season include CapeBreton forward Alison Keough, who captured the Kathy Shields Awardas the nation’s top freshman; Windsor head coach ChantalVallée, who received the Peter Ennis Award; McMaster postHailey Milligan, who earned the Sylvia Sweeney Award whichrecognizes excellence in basketball, academics and communityservice; as well as Queen’s forward Gemma Bullard, whomerited the Tracy MacLeod Award for her determination andperseverance.

The ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS Final 8 gets under way on Fridayat the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Centre andculminates Sunday at 8 p.m. with the gold-medal final, live onSportsnet 360.

Sportsnet 360 also has live coverage of Saturday’ssemifinals at 3 and 5 p.m. All 11 games from the tournament -including televised contests – will be webcast live on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

NAN COPP AWARD (player of the year): Justine Colley,Saint Mary’s

In addition to Colley and Crooks, the list of multiple Nan CoppAward winners includes Simon Fraser’s Jessica Kaczowka (2002& 2003), Calgary’s Leighann Doan (2000 & 2001),Calgary’s Veronica VanderSchee (1988 & 1990), as well asWinnipeg’s Sandra Carroll, the only three-time recipient(1993, 1994, 1995).

In her fifth and final season in a Saint Mary’s uniform,Colley was once again sensational. After winning the CIS scoringtitle in each of the last three campaigns, the 5-foot-9 senior“settled” for the AUS scoring crown and third place inthe country this year thanks to her 20.8 points a game. Theaddition of NCAA transfer Rachelle Coward (18.8) allowed head coachScott Munro to diversify his offence and the dynamic duo helpedmake the Huskies the top offensive unit in the Atlantic conferenceand the second best in the nation with an average of 81.6 pointsper contest.

Much more than just a scorer, the commerce student finishedfirst in the country in assists (5.7 per game), tied for first insteals (3.8), was tops in the AUS and third in the nation inassist-to-turnover ratio (2.8), led all CIS guards in field goalpercentage (49.8), and was also second on her team in rebounds(7.3). Thanks in large part to her stellar play, Saint Mary’sposted an unblemished record in league play (20-0) and reached No.1 in the national rankings, both firsts in program history.

Over the course of the season, the Canadian senior national teammember became the all-time scoring leader in CIS women’sbasketball history with 2,376 points. She finishes her brilliantuniversity career with five selections as a first-team AUSall-star, four as an all-Canadian – including threefirst-team nods – and one on the CIS all-rookie squad.

“This is a well-deserved accomplishment for one of the topplayers that has ever played in the AUS conference,” saidMunro. “A great leader over the past five seasons, no one hasplayed harder on a nightly basis. Justine has impacted games in somany ways over the past five years, it is hard to put into words.Winning the national MVP award for a second straight time is atremendous accomplishment considering the depth of talent in CIS.Justine has had a team-first attitude since day one and she hasbeen greatly responsible for much of our team success.”

The other finalists for the Nan Copp Award were McGill forwardMariam Sylla, Western guard Jenny Vaughan and Saskatchewan postDalyce Emmerson.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor

Langlois became the first player to be named CIS defensive MVPon three occasions since the creation of the award in 2000-01.

The standout point guard had another outstanding campaign forthe Lancers as she helped lead the Blue and Gold to their sixthstraight regular season division title with a sparkling 21-1record, and No. 1 status in seven of 13 weekly nationalcoaches’ polls.

The 5-foot-8 business student tied for first in the country in theregular season with 3.8 steals per game, was first in total stealswith 83 and also averaged 5.8 rebounds per contest, all while beingresponsible for defending the opponents’ top guard. Sheshowed her versatility by also chipping in on offence with 15.3points per outing, good for second on the team, and 4.9 assists,the sixth best average in the nation.

For her efforts, Langlois, who represented Canada last summer atthe FISU Universiade in Russia, was voted to the secondall-Canadian team for the second time in her career.

“I am extremely proud of Miah’s commitmentthroughout her career to becoming a top defensive player in CIS.I’ve seen Miah work extremely hard on her individual skillsoutside of practice time both at the offensive and defensiveends,” said head coach Chantal Vallée. “TheUniversity of Windsor and our Lancer basketball program are veryproud of Miah’s well-deserved recognition.”

The other nominees for defensive-MVP honours were St. FrancisXavier forward Rebecca Sheehan, UQAM forward Queteline Celestin andSaskatchewan post Dalyce Emmerson.

KATHY SHIELDS AWARD (rookie of the year): Alison Keough,Cape Breton

A two-sport athlete at Riverview High School, Keough quicklymade an immediate impact in the lineup after joining her hometownCapers this past fall. She becomes the first CBU player in historyto claim the Kathy Shields Award.

The 6-foot-1 forward from Marion Bridge, N.S., was on thestarting roster on opening day and averaged 33.2 minutes per gamethroughout the season, second best on the Capers, behind onlyfifth-year guard Tanira McClurkin.

A prolific scorer in high school, Keough made the difficulttransition to the AUS look easy, finishing sixth in conferencescoring with a team-leading 16 points per contest on 47 per centshooting. The science student also ranked among the AUS leaderswith 9.8 rebounds per game (2nd) and 1.1 blocks per outing(3rd).

“Alison has made an immediate impact on our program hereat CBU,” said Capers head coach Fabian McKenzie. “Sheis often a primary focus in the opposition’s scouting report.Her athletic ability allows her to be a threat away from the basketand in the paint. At the defensive end, she does a great job ofrebounding the ball, while at the offensive end, she uses heragility to get offensive rebounds and convert them for easyscores.

“Alison has been a pleasure to have on our roster thisyear. She has a tenacious work ethic and an incredible desire toimprove. Throughout most of our games this year, she has playedwith the poise of a veteran player. She is a tremendous young ladywith a very bright future.”

McGill forward Jennifer Silver, Carleton forward Heather Lindsayand Thompson Rivers guard Sydney Williams were also in the runningfor the Kathy Shields Award.

PETER ENNIS AWARD (coach of the year): ChantalVallée, Windsor

A four-time OUA West coach of the year, Vallée receivedthe Peter Ennis Award for the first time in her career, becomingthe only women’s basketball coach in program history to claimthe national honour.

In her ninth year at the helm, Vallée guided the Lancersto their sixth consecutive OUA West division title thanks to a 21-1conference record, marking their sixth straight 20+ win campaign.Her troops once again dominated at both ends of the floor in leagueplay, finishing first in the country in points scored (83.0 pergame) and third in fewest points allowed (50.2).

The Lancers, who are seeking a remarkable fourth straight BronzeBaby Trophy this week, were also tops in CIS in team assists (18.5per game), steals (14.0) and blocks (5.1), second in field goal(44.6) and free throw (77.0) percentage, third in rebounding (44.7per game) and fourth in three-point shooting (33.0%).

“The University of Windsor congratulates CoachVallée on her selection as coach of the year,” saidWindsor athletic director Mike Havey. “Chantal’s recordof accomplishment and incredible team achievement are certainlyworthy of this recognition. Her program has been a source of greatpride and inspiration for our University.”

The other finalists for the Peter Ennis Award were CapeBreton’s Fabian McKenzie, McGill’s Ryan Thorne andAlberta’s Scott Edwards.

SYLVIA SWEENEY AWARD: Hailey Milligan,McMaster

Milligan, who hails from Brantford, Ont., became the first McMasterplayer to earn the Sylvia Sweeney Award.

On the court, the 6-foot-3 post had a brilliant season. She ledthe country in rebounding with 11.7 boards per game and her 18.4points per contest was good for second in the OUA conference andseventh in CIS. She also became McMaster’s all-time careerrebound leader over the course of the campaign and was named an OUAWest first-team all-star for the second straight year.

In the classroom, the Honours English student boasts a sparklinggrade point average while balancing her time between athletics,academics and community involvement. The fifth-year student-athletehas given back to the community by being the driving force behindthe On The Move girls basketball program that developed from asingle event to permanent program at several of the Boys and GirlsClubs in the Hamilton area. She is also a key contributor to thedevelopment of the MACMENTORING program, which was developedthrough the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton to fosterrelationships between McMaster female athletes and young girls inthe community.

“Hailey has been a tremendous leader on our team andprobably the best post player I’ve ever coached,” saidMcMaster head coach Theresa Burns. “More than her talents onthe court, Hailey has shown unbelievable drive and determination inher work with McMaster Athletes Care and all the programs she hasbeen part of. Her competitive fire and positive attitude have beena joy to watch. She is just a fantastic role model for anyone thatvalues athletics, academics, and community service.”

Dalhousie’s Robbi Daley, McGill’s Marie-PierBastrash and UBC’s Jaime Hills were also nominated for theSylvia Sweeney Award.

TRACY MacLEOD AWARD: Gemma Bullard,Queen’s

Bullard is the first Queen’s player to receive the TracyMacLeod Award.

The Guelph, Ont., native came to Queen’s as an OBADivision I Champion, having played on a reconstructed (ACL) knee.In her first university season in 2010-11, she suffered a severeconcussion that sidelined her for six games. She overcame both theathletic and academic challenges that a severe concussion posed tocomplete her first year in engineering while shooting 35.9% fromthe three-point line and 34.5% overall, and averaging 9.0 pointsper game.

At training camp in her second year, she tore her ACL again andunderwent ACL augmentation surgery. She missed the entire 2011-12season. She returned for the 2012-13 campaign, after a year ofrehab, but continued to have some pain in the knee. It wasdetermined that the meniscus was torn and further surgery waswarranted, causing her to miss the final 10 games and playoffs.

This season, after recovering from surgery, Bullard has been on thecourt more than off it thanks to the help of a brace. She didhowever suffer a strained rotator cuff injury during pre-season andthen contracted mononucleosis in the late fall forcing her to thesidelines for an additional six weeks.

While still in need of rehab for her injured shoulder, Bullardmanaged to only miss three games, finishing with 11.4 points pergame, shooting 38.6% from the floor and 32.6% from the three-pointline. She set a new career high with 25 points in a win over Brockon November 23rd, proving that injuries won’t keep her fromplaying the game she loves with a high level of intensity.

“Gemma’s competitive spirit is what has driven herthrough (and caused some of) her injuries. Her will to succeed iswhat has made her a great player in spite of the concussion, twoknee surgeries, food poisoning, shoulder tear, and a number ofother injuries,” said Queen’s head coach Dave Wilson.“She has spent countless hours in the weight room, on thetrack and in the gym, working to overcome all the obstacles, andstands as an example of what can be accomplished in the face ofadversity.”

UPEI’s Jenna Jones and Alberta’s Jaime Norum werealso in the running for the Tracy MacLeod Award.

ALL-CANADIANTEAMS

The all-Canadian teams were also announced on Thursday.

Joining Colley on the first squad were Saskatchewan post DalyceEmmerson, Western guard Jenny Vaughan and McGill forward MariamSylla, all named MVP in their respective conference, as well asRegina guard Nicole Clarke.

Vaughan improves from a second-team nod a year ago, while Syllawas the CIS rookie of the year last season.

In addition to Langlois, the second all-Canadian unit for2013-14 is comprised of guards Rachelle Coward of SaintMary’s, Elizabeth Roach of Carleton, Kaylah Barrett ofConcordia and Kris Young of UBC.

Barrett became a three-time CIS all-star, following first-teamnods in each of the past two campaigns. Young was also a member ofthe top squad a year ago.

Joining Keough on the all-rookie team were Carleton forwardHeather Lindsay, McGill forward Jennifer Silver, Western guardMackenzie Puklicz and Windsor forward Cheyanne Roger.

2013-2014 CISWOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARDS &ALL-CANADIANS

Nan Copp Award (player of the year): JustineColley, Saint Mary’s
Defensive player of the year: Miah-Marie Langlois,Windsor
Kathy Shields Award (rookie of the year): AlisonKeough, Cape Breton
Peter Ennis Award (coach of the year): ChantalVallée, Windsor
Sylvia Sweeney Award (basketball, academics & communityservice): Hailey Milligan, McMaster
Tracy MacLeod Award: Gemma Bullard,Queen’s

FirstTeam

Pos. – Athlete – University -Year – Hometown – Faculty

G Justine Colley SaintMary’s 5 East Preston, N.S. Commerce
P Dalyce Emmerson Saskatchewan 3 Prince Albert,Sask. Business
G Jenny Vaughan Western 5 Dundas,Ont. Education
F Mariam Sylla McGill 2 Conakry,Guinea Pharmacology
G Nicole Clarke Regina 5 Regina,Sask. Science

SecondTeam

G Rachelle Coward SaintMary’s 4 Dartmouth, N.S. Criminology
G Miah-Marie Langlois Windsor 5 Windsor,Ont. Business
G Elizabeth Roach Carleton 5 Ottawa,Ont. Political Science
G Kaylah Barrett Concordia 4 Brampton, Ont. UrbanStudies
G Kris Young UBC 4 NorthVancouver, B.C. Arts

All-RookieTeam

F Alison Keough Cape Breton 1 MarionBridge, N.S. Science
F Heather Lindsay Carleton 1 Ottawa,Ont. Environmental Studies
F JenniferSilver McGill 1 Montreal,Que. Medical Preparatory
G Mackenzie Puklicz Western 1 London,Ont. King’s College
F Cheyanne Roger Windsor 1 Etobicoke,Ont. Human Kinetics

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