BURLINGTON, Ont. (March 7, 2016) - Two members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team were honoured by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) on Monday afternoon as the conference announced its major award winners and all-stars.
Third year guard NICOLE MORRISON of Hamilton, was recognized as an all-star for the first time in her career as she was named an OUA First Team All-star while first year guard Irena Rynkiewicz of Mississauga, Ont., was named to the All-Rookie Team.
For Morrison, a communication studies major, the honour comes after an outstanding season for the 5-4 guard. She finished sixth in league scoring this season, averaging 15.6 points per game, and her 312 total points were the fourth-most in a single season in team history.
Throughout the year, the Hawks point guard was able to keep opposing defences off balance with her ability to score in a variety of ways. She finished the year shooting nearly 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from three point range. Morrison was also able to get to the free throw line with regularity and finished the year shooting a very strong 75.9 percent from the charity stripe.
In addition to her scoring ability, Morrison was also able to contribute on the boards, pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game, and was successful in getting her teammates involved in the offence, dishing out 60 assists, tied for tenth in the conference.
As for Rynkiewicz, a kinesiology and physical education major, the recognition as a member of the OUA All-Rookie Team caps off an impressive year in which she earned a roster spot as a walk-on in training camp.
After being used sparingly through the first month of the season, the 5-10 guard broke out with an impressive 13-point performance against nationally-ranked McMaster in January. From there, Rynkiewicz became a regular member of head coach Paul Falco’s rotation and finished the season averaging 5.6 points per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor and 51.9 percent from three point range.
With the Hawks battling injury issues at the forward position all year, Rynkiewicz also stepped up as a reliable defender as she averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and registered eight blocks.
OUA Major Award Winners
Player of the Year: Keneca Pingue-Giles – Ryerson Rams
Defensive Player of the Year: Keneca Pingue-Giles – Ryerson Rams
Rookie of the Year: Julia Curran – Western Mustangs
Joy Bellinger Award: Abena Addo – Toronto Varsity Blues
Tracy McLeod Award: Krista van Slingerland – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Coach of the Year: Andy Sparks – Ottawa Gee-Gees
OUA First-Team All-Stars
Keneca Pingue-Giles – Ryerson Rams
Sofia Paska – Ryerson Rams
Jenny Wright – Queen's Gaels
Robyn Pearson – Queen's Gaels
Heather Lindsay – Carleton Ravens
NICOLE MORRISON – Laurier Golden Hawks
Danielle Boiago – McMaster Marauders
Kellie Ring – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Mackenzie Puklicz – Western Mustangs
Cheyanne Roger – Windsor Lancers
OUA Second-Team All-Stars
Bridget Atkinson – Guelph Gryphons
Kate MacTavish – Guelph Gryphons
Melissa Tatti – Brock Badgers
Elizabeth LeBlanc – Carleton Ravens
Clare Kenney – McMaster Marauders
Julia Soriano – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Catherine Traer – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Rahsida Atkinson – Toronto Varsity Blues
Caroline Wolynski – Western Mustangs
Emily Prevost – Windsor Lancers
OUA All-Rookie Team
Sandra Nagowska – York Lions
Katrina Collins-Samuels – York Lions
Chrissy Sirignano – Brock Badgers
Abbey Clark – Guelph Gryphons
Irena Rynkiewicz – Laurier Golden Hawks
Alexe Galipeau-Wilson – Nipissing Lakers
Myriam Fontaine – Queen's Gaels
Keyira Parkes – Toronto Varsity Blues
Julia Curran – Western Mustangs
Kaylee Anagnostopoulous – Windsor Lancers