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Adamczyk named Defensive Player of the Year

HAMILTON, Ont. (OUA) – Laurier’s Renata Adamczyk (Dundas, Ont.) was named the OUA west divison’s defensive player of the year and was also named to the second all-star team. First year Amber Hillis (Hamilton, Ont.) was also honored by being named to the OUA west all-rookie team.

Adamczyk finished the season leading the Golden Hawks in seven of nine statistical categories. The third year post player ended the year in tenth place in the province with 14.05 points-per-game and eighth in the province with eight rebounds-per-game. She also had 3.59 steals-per-game which was good for second in the nation.

“Renata had a superb year both offensively and defensively for the Golden Hawks,” said rookie head coach PAUL FALCO on the third year player. “Her versatility and athleticism were important factors in why she was statistically one of the best in the province in several categories. Renata is a real treat to coach and I believe she has the potential to take her game to yet another level.”

Amber Hillis was a key component on the team this season. Earning a starting spot at point guard, she controlled the pace of the game for the Hawks.  The sociology major earned a 1.50 assist to turnover ratio which was fourth in the province. Her 54 assists were good for a tie for 14th in the OUA.  In her first season the 5-3 player averaged 25.5 minutes-per-game on the court.

“Amber's ability to make the transition from high school to CIS basketball, and do it playing the difficult point guard position, was a big factor in our team's success this year,” commented Falco on the 5’3 point guard.” She plays hard at both ends of the floor and is a fierce competitor who does not back down from any challenge and is very deserving of being named to the all rookie team.”

The Wilfrid Laurier women’s basketball team finished the year in fourth place in the OUA West with an 11-11 record. The team hosted a playoff game for the first time in five years defeating the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the first round of the playoffs 62-58 before falling to the University of Windsor Lancers in the OUA quarter-finals 78-67. This game was the furthest the Hawks had advanced in the post-season since 2005-06 when they lost in the OUA west semi-final.

2008-09 OUA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEST DIVISION MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bess Lennox (Western)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Renata Adamczyk (Laurier)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Samantha Russell (Guelph)

JOY BELLINGER AWARD
Nadine Paron (Western) 

COACH OF THE YEAR
Chantal Vallée (Windsor) 

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
Bess Lennox (Western)
Dranadia Roc (Windsor)
Amanda Anderson (Western)
Taylor Smith (McMaster)
Tasia McKenna (Lakehead)
Alisa Wulff (Windsor)

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
Renata Adamczyk (Laurier)
Kris Yallin (Guelph)
Kim Lee (Waterloo)
Kathryn Verboom (Lakehead)

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Samantha Russell (Guelph)
Amber Hillis (Laurier)
Kelly Moulden (Western)
Bojana Kovacevic (Windsor)
Tara Giallonardo (Brock)

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