Source: OUA Communications
HAMILTON, Ont. – The stars of Ontario University Athletics(OUA) women’s basketball will be out on Saturday, May 3 as WesternUniversity plays host to the seventh annual OUA All-Star game,presented by Recharge with Milk. The game is slated for 8 p.m. fromAlumni Hall, home of the Western Mustangs, and admission isfree.
Leading the way for the West squad is OUA player of the year,and Western’s own Jenny Vaughan. The fifth-year guard had arecording breaking season for the Mustangs as the Dundas, Ont.native and OUA West first-team all-star, collected 506 points thisyear, marking the highest single-season total in OUA history.
Other OUA West award winners joining Vaughan include three-timeOUA/CIS defensive player of the year Miah-Marie Langlois (Windsor,Ont.) from the OUA and CIS champion Windsor Lancers, and the OUAWest Joy Bellinger Award winner Hailey Milligan (Brantford, Ont.)of the McMaster Marauders.
Other all-stars rounding out the West include JessicaClemençon (St. Rambert, France) of the Windsor Lancers andLakehead guard Jylissa Williams (Atlanta, Ga.) , who both garneredfirst-team status this season, plus second teamers Danielle Boiago(Hamilton, Ont.) from McMaster, Guelph’s Katherine MacTavish(Waterloo, Ont.), Laura Doyle (Guelph, Ont.) of the Laurier GoldenHawks, Korissa Williams (Windsor, Ont.) from the University ofWindsor and Sarnia, Ont. native Melissa Rondinelli, who will suitup on her home court. Team West will be coached by Windsor headcoach Chantal Vallée, who was the OUA West and CIS coach ofthe year this season.
The East team will be lead by four members of thedivision-champion Queen’s Gaels; first team all-stars and Kingston,Ont. natives Liz Boag and Jenny Wright and all-rookie team memberAndrea Priamo (Guelph, Ont.). Together Wright, Boag averaged 25points per game during the regular season and provided a veteranpresence to a Gaels team that went 16-6 in the regular season andearned an East Division crown. Priamo finished the year third onthe team in rebounding in her debut campaign.
Perennial all-star and former rookie of the year Jill Stratton(Etobicoke, Ont.) from the University of Toronto rounds out thefirst team all-stars on the East squad. Joining her aresecond-teamers Keneca Pingue-Giles (Winnipeg) of the Ryerson Rams,Carleton’s Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, Ont.) and Stephanie MacDonald(Ottawa) from the Ottawa Gee-Gees.
Joining Priamo as a rookie on Team East will be rookie of theyear Heather Lindsay (Ottawa) from Carleton and her Ravens teammateMcKenzie Sigurdson (Toronto).
Coaching Team East will be OUA East coach of the year DaveWilson, from Queen’s.
The game itself is just one of many events for the all-starsduring their weekend in London. The players will host free youthbasketball clinics at the YMCA of London Centre Branch on May 3from 1 to 4 p.m. Those wishing to register for a clinic can call519-667-4400.
The tradition in recent years has been to host the OUA All-Stargame in a city that is also hosting Ontario Cup tournaments withhopes of allowing Ontario Basketball and Ontario UniversityAthletics to grow and the develop the women’s game together, and2014 will be no different. The all-stars will be on hand at gymsaround London on Sunday, May 4 to awards medals to participants inthe U15 Girls Ontario Cup tournaments.
“Ontario Basketball is thrilled to continue the proud traditionof hosting the OUA women’s all-star game during the Ontario CupProvincial Championships,” said Jason Jansson, executive director,Ontario Basketball. “We are excited to celebrate our invaluablepartnership with OUA and showcase women’s basketball in thisprovince.”
Prior to tipoff on Saturday, May 3 all-star coaches Dave Wilsonand Chantal Vallée will be hosting a Chalk Talk session. Thefree event is open to all area coaches and will take placecourtside in Alumni Hall at 6:30 p.m. Interested coaches can kindfind additional information about the session on the Tourism Londonwebsite
The seventh annual OUA Women’s Basketball All-Star game istaking place thanks to a dedicated group of sponsors and partnersincluding presenting sponsor Recharge with Milk; official sponsorsWilson Sports Equipment Canada and ArcelorMittal Dofasco; plusevent partners Western Mustangs Athletics, Ontario Basketball andTourism London.
Danielle Boiago – McMaster Marauders
Hailey Milligan – McMaster Marauders
Jenny Vaughan – Western Mustangs
Jessica Clemençon – Windsor Lancers
Jylisa Williams – Lakehead Thunderwolves
Katherine MacTavish – Guelph Gryphons
Korissa Williams – Windsor Lancers
Laura Doyle – Laurier Golden Hawks
Melissa Rondinelli – Western Mustangs
Miah-Marie Langlois – Windsor Lancers
Coach: Chantal Vallée – Windsor Lancers
Andrea Priamo – Queen’s Gaels
Heather Lindsay – Carleton Ravens
Jenny Wright – Queen’s Gaels
Jill Stratton – Toronto Varsity Blues
Keneca Pingue-Giles – Ryerson Rams
Lindsay Shotbolt – Carleton Ravens
Liz Boag – Queen’s Gaels
McKenzie Sigurdson – Carleton Ravens
Stephanie MacDonald – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Coach: Dave Wilson – Queen’s Gaels