Ali Sow of the Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team
Ali Sow of the Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball team and Hannah Brown from the Cape Breton Capers women’s basketball squad are the
U SPORTS Male and Female Athletes of the Month for November 2018.
Sow, the reigning OUA Rookie of the Year, is having a season for the books in his second year with the Golden Hawks. Currently leading the Hawks in scoring with 250 points on the season, Sow sits in second in the OUA and U SPORTS with 25 points per game. Sow has been an instrumental component in the Hawks’ success this season, who sit in top spot of the OUA West standings at 7-3 and hold the ninth-ranked spot in the country.
In a November to remember, Sow has continued to be a leading force for the Hawks, with a number of stand-out performances. In a win over Toronto in early November, Sow set a new career high with 32 points, his second straight game with 30-plus points. In the final two minutes in a come-from-behind win against York, Sow shot 11 straight points to give the Hawks the victory, a game in which he was perfect from the free throw line and captured six assists and four rebounds. To add to the drama, Sow set a Laurier modern day scoring record, beating the previous record set by Max Allin in 2013, with 44 points against Nipissing on November 24. Tying the score in the final seconds to send the game to overtime, Sow then scored seven of the team’s 17 points in extra time for a Hawks victory. In his sophomore season, Sow is averaging 25 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.4 APG and shooting 87.2 percent from the free throw line.
A six-foot-one forward from North Sydney, N.S., Brown had an outstanding month in the Atlantic conference.  Heading into the December break, she leads U SPORTS in points, averaging 28.6 per game. She leads the AUS conference and sits fourth in the nation in rebounding, averaging 12.0 per game.
Hannah Brown from the Cape Breton Capers women’s basketball
Hannah Brown from the Cape Breton Capers women’s basketball
Brown’s AUS-leading field goal percentage of 55.8 is also the third best in U SPORTS.
The fifth-year business student has amassed 200 points in seven games through the month of November for the Capers, scoring game totals of 29, 28, 33, 23, 31, 27 and 29.  Cape Breton is undefeated and sits first in the AUS conference standings heading into the holiday break with a 7-0 record.
Male nominees:
CW: Riley Sheen, hockey, Calgary
OUA: Ali Sow, basketball, Laurier (winner)
RSEQ: Frédéric Lajoie-Gravelle, soccer, Montreal
AUS: Chris Clapperton, hockey, UNB
Female nominees:
CW: Kiera Van Ryk, volleyball, UBC
OUA: Rebecca Smith, swimming, Toronto
RSEQ: Aurélie Dubé-Lavoie, cross country, Laval
AUS: Hannah Brown, basketball, Cape Breton (winner)