This update is long overdue – lots been happening over the last month.
The OUA East All-Stars were announced, with Brittany Moore receiving her third consecutive nod as a First team All-Star – a remarkable accomplishment in itself. Brittany became the all-time leading scorer in Queen’s women’s basketball history this season and sits in 11th spot in the OUA record books …… with a full season still ahead of her! And yes, that means Britt did get into the Faculty of Education at Q’s for this coming fall.
Liz Boag and Gemma Bullard also hit the spotlight as both were selected to the All-Rookie team. Both produced solid stats over the course of the season, more in line with much more veteran players.
Our team awards were handed out last week in conjunction with Queen’s Colour Awards (athletic banquet). Jill Wheat was honoured with the Coaches Award for her work both on and off the floor. Brittany captured the team MVP award (third straight year) and Liz was named the team’s Rookie of the Year. Further, Liz was honoured as the university’s Alfie Pierce Award winner as the outstanding rookie for the entire school.
100th Anniversary Campaign
March 31st marked the end of the 100 for 100 campaign in an effort to raise $10,000 for the women’s basketball program. I am very pleased to announce that recent donations just pushed us over the top to reach $10,210.95. The funds have already been earmarked for some significant projects including:
· Athletic Scholarship support
· Purchase of a “Shooting Machine”
· Enhanced competition travel
· Graduating Athletes/Parent’s Night
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 100th Anniversary celebration a huge success.
On another note, our players participated in a varsity dodge ball tournament to help raise money for the children’s “Right to Play” charitable organization. On their way to capturing the gold medal, the players helped raise over $1,500 for the cause.
Looking forward, I am pleased to announce that Jenny Wright will be joining our team this fall. Jenny, a native of Kingston, plays for the highly respected Leslie Stevenson at Regiopolis Notre-Dame High School. Jenny was also a member of the Ontario Provincial Team that captured a Silver Medal at the National Championships last August, and continues to be a force with the Kingston Impact club team under the expert tutelage of Andrea Blackwell. At 5-10, Jenny is a very versatile perimeter player, able to handle ball under pressure, run the wing, attack the hoop with authority and pull up for the 3-point shot. She will be a great complement to our roster.
I hope to be able to announce a couple of more key recruits in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, exhibition scheduling is well under way for next season. I will have details in my next newsletter.
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Celebrating 100 Years of Tradition and Success (1910-2010)