Championship MVPs Emmerson, Halley honoured

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Dalyce Emmerson, a basketball player from the University of Saskatchewan, and Philippe Halley, a hockey player from the University of New Brunswick, are the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending March 20, 2016.

Emmerson, a fifth-year kinesiology student from Prince Albert, Sask., was named the most valuable player at the CIS championship in Fredericton after she helped the second-seeded Huskies capture the first Bronze Baby Trophy in program history. The 6-foot-3 forward recorded a double-double in all three Saskatchewan games at the Richard J. Currie Center, including 25 points and 17 rebounds in a 73-62 quarter-final win over Ottawa, 17 points and 18 boards in a 65-58 semifinal victory against Saint Mary’s, and a 14-point, 12-rebound performance in a 85-71 gold-medal triumph over Ryerson on Sunday. Emmerson, who was selected game MVP for the Huskies following each of their first two wins, also collected a remarkable 14 blocks during the national tournament, including five in the final when she spent all 40 minutes on the court.

Saint Mary’s basketball player Rachelle Coward, Montreal hockey player Marie-Pier Chabot and Ryerson basketball player Keneca Pingue-Giles were also nominated for the women’s award.

Halley, a third-year recreation and sports studies student from Quebec City, earned tournament-MVP honours at the CIS championship in Halifax after he helped guide the fifth-seeded Varsity Reds to the sixth University Cup title in school history, including five in the past decade. The 5-foot-10 forward accomplished a rare feat by registering a hat-trick in each of the V-Reds’ first two games, a 5-1 quarter-final win over Western and a 4-0 domination of Saint Mary’s in the semis, before wrapping his dream weekend by assisting on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 defeat of StFX in Sunday’s final played in front of 9,873 at the Scotiabank Centre. Halley, who played for Gatineau and Victoriaville in the QMJHL, was voted UNB’s player of the game in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Basketball players Dele Ogundokun of McGill, Connor Wood of Carleton and Thomas Cooper of Calgary were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:

AUS: Rachelle Coward, basketball, Saint Mary’s

RSEQ: Marie-Pier Chabot, hockey, Montreal

OUA: Keneca Pingue-Giles, basketball, Ryerson

CWUAA: Dalyce Emmerson, basketball, Saskatchewan (recipient)

Male nominees:

AUS: Philippe Halley, hockey, UNB (recipient)

RSEQ: Dele Ogundokun, basketball, McGill

OUA: Connor Wood, basketball, Carleton

CWUAA: Thomas Cooper, basketball, Calgary


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