Sylla’s stock continues to rise as McGill hoopster earns CIS All-Canadian honours, again

Mariam Sylla

Mariam Sylla

QUEBEC CITY — McGill University hoops star Mariam Sylla was announced as a first-team All-Canadian in women’s basketball, Wednesday night.

It’s the second consecutive first-team honour for Sylla, a 6-foot-1 forward who hails from Conakry, Guinea, and becomes the ninth different McGill player and the 16th time that a member of the Martlets has merited All-Canadian status (see complete list below).

Sylla was voted player of the year in the RSEQ conference, posting a league-leading six “double-doubles” to finish fifth among RSEQ scoring leaders with 12.4 points per game and led the conference with 10.8 rebounds per game, which ranked fourth in the nation. She was first in both offensive (4.1 avg) and defensive rebounds (6.8 avg), third in field-goal shooting (.430), fourth in free-throw percentage (.768) and fourth in blocked shots, with 12 in 16 games. The 22-year-old pharmacology junior was voted CIS rookie of the year during her freshman campaign in 2012-13 and honoured last fall by Governor-General David Johnston as one of the CIS Top Eight Academic All-Canadians.
Other CIS award recipients announced during the All-Canadian Banquet held at Hilton Quebec were Jylisa Williams, a fifth-year guard from Lakehead University, was named the CIS player of the year, Windsor point guard Korissa Williams, who was named the defensive player of the year; Guelph guard Bridget Atkinson, who captured the Kathy Shields Award as the top rookie; Windsor’s Chantal Vallée, who earned her second straight Peter Ennis Award as TIMEX coach of the year; Lethbridge forward Kimberley Veldman, who merited the Sylvia Sweeney Award which recognizes excellence in basketball, academics and community service; as well as Ottawa guard Kellie Ring, who was presented with the Tracy MacLeod Award for her determination and perseverance.
Joining Sylla and major award winners Jylissa Williams and Korissa Williams on the first squad were conference MVPs Kris Young of UBC (18.0 ppg), and Courtney Thompson of Dalhousie (23.9 ppg).
Young received all-Canadian recognition for the third straight year, including a previous first-team nod in 2013, while Sylla returns to the top unit for the second consecutive season and was also named the CIS rookie of the year in 2013.
The second CIS dream team for this season is comprised of Alberta forward Saskia Van Ginhoven (16.7 ppg), Wilfrid Laurier forward Whitney Ellenor (15.9 ppg / 8.9 rpg), UQAM guard Quételine Célestin (14.4 ppg), Saskatchewan forward Dalyce Emmerson (13.3 ppg / 8.8 rpg) and Fraser Valley forward Sarah Wierks (19.2 ppg / 15.4 rpg).
Emmerson was a first-team member a year ago and was voted to the all-rookie squad in 2012, while Wierks had earned all-rookie status in 2011.
Joining Bridget Atkinson on the 2014-15 all-freshman team were Victoria guard Amira Giannattasio (12.0 ppg), Saint Mary’s guard Kennisha Shanice-Luberisse (12.2 ppg), Thompson Rivers guard Michelle Bos (11.5 ppg / 11.3 rpg) and Laval wing Jane Gagné (10.3 ppg).
The ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS championship gets underway Thursday on the campus of Laval University and culminates Sunday at 1 p.m. with the national final, live on Sportsnet 360. Saturday’s semifinals are live on Sportsnet ONE (noon & 2:30 p.m.) and all 11 games from the eight-team tournament will also be webcast on

Championship website:

Nan Copp Award (player of the year): Jylisa Williams, Lakehead
Defensive player of the year: Korissa Williams, Windsor
Kathy Shields Award (rookie of the year): Bridget Atkinson, Guelph
Peter Ennis Award (TIMEX coach of the year): Chantal Vallée, Windsor
Sylvia Sweeney Award (basketball, academics & community service): Kimberley Veldman, Lethbridge
Tracy MacLeod Award: Kellie Ring, Ottawa

First Team


Pos.     Athlete                                    University       Year    Hometown                  Academic Program

G         Jylisa Williams             Lakehead         5          Atlanta, Georgia           Sociology
G         Kris Young                  UBC                5          North Vancouver, B.C.            Arts
F          Mariam Sylla               McGill             3          Conakry, Guinea         Pharmacology
G         Courtney Thompson    Dalhousie        5          Saint John, N.B.           Commerce
G         Korissa Williams          Windsor           5          Windsor, Ont.              Business
Second Team
F          Saskia Van Ginhoven  Alberta             4          Edmonton, Alta.          Phys. Ed. & Recreation
F          Whitney Ellenor           Wilfrid Laurier 5          Pickering, Ont.             History
G         Quételine Célestin        UQAM             3          Cayenne, France          Administration
F          Dalyce Emmerson       Saskatchewan  4          Prince Albert, Sask.     Kinesiology
F          Sarah Wierks               Fraser Valley   5          Chilliwack, B.C.          Kinesiology
All-Rookie Team
G         Bridget Atkinson          Guelph             1          Welland, Ont.              Sociology
G         Amira Giannattasio      Victoria            1          Hamilton, Ont.             Social Sciences
G         Kennisha Shanice-Luberisse   Saint Mary’s    1          Montreal, Que.             Commerce
G         Michelle Bos                TRU                 1          Surrey, B.C.                 Science
W         Jane Gagné                  Laval               1          Chicoutimi, Que.         Chemistry       
All-Time List of CIS All Canadians from McGill

1981-82     Linda Marquis **
1983-84     Helene Cowan **
1984-85     Helene Cowan
1985-86     Bonnie McNaughton **
1988-89     Tina Fasone **
1990-91     Tina Fasone **
1992-93     Vicky Tessier **
1993-94     Vicky Tessier
1994-95     Vicky Tessier **
1995-96     Vicky Tessier
1996-97     Vicky Tessier
1997-98     Anne Gildenhuys **
2006-07     Nathifa Weekes **
2010-11     Anneth Him-Lazarenko
2013-14     Mariam Sylla
2014-15     Mariam Sylla

** second team

For more information:
Earl Zukerman       
McGill Sports Info Office

Michel Bélanger        
Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
Stéphane Jobin
Sports Information & Communications
Laval University
Off: 418-656-5292
Cell: 418-572-7325
Mathieu Tanguay
Sports Information & Communications
Laval University
Off: 418-656-2131 ext. 4165
Cell: 418-569-9778


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