MONTREAL - Five members of the McGill University Martlets were honoured as the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec announced its all-stars and major award winners in women's university basketball.
Centre Anneth Him-Lazarenko of Panama City and guard Françoise Charest from Quebec City, both earned a berth on the first team, while guard Marie-Eve Martin of Granby, Que., made the second dream team.
Teammate Dianna Ros of Montreal was a unanimous selection as the conference rookie of the year and made the all-rookie team, while McGill bench boss Ryan Thorne of LaSalle, Que., received coach-of-the-year honours for the third time.
Ros, a 5-foot-7 point guard, ranked second among league leaders in three-point shooting (34.3), shot 34.2 per cent from the floor and connected on 64.3 percent of her free-throws. The 20-year-old physical therapy freshman averaged 21 minutes of playing time, 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. She was 10th among league leaders in assists per game (1.8) and was credited with nine steals and five blocked shots.
Thorne guided the Martlets to an 11-5 record and first-place in the RSEQ standings for the second straight year. McGill led the conference in scoring (65.6 ppg) and ranked second in defence (58.1 ppg).
Him-Lazarenko, a 24-year-old education senior, is a 5-foot-10 power forward who missed four games with a high ankle sprain. She finished fourth in the league scoring race (12.2 ppg), fourth in rebounding (6.5 rpg), third in field-goal shooting (41.8%) and sixth in free-throw shooting (60.3%).
Charest, is a 5-foot-6 guard, is a 23-year-old industrial relations junior and a co-captain on the team. She was seventh in the league scoring race (11.1 ppg), third in free-throw shooting (76.9%), fifth in three-point shooting (31.8), sixth in field-goal shooting (37.6%), sixth in assists per game (2.4) and ranked ninth in minutes played (30.2).
Martin, 22, is a 5-foot-8 guard and a third-year senior majoring in physical education. She was 14th in scoring (7.3 ppg), second in three-pointers made (1.7 per game), sixth in three-point shooting (31.8%) and ninth in steals (1.4 spg).
The top-seeded Martlets will host fourth-place UQAM (7-9) in a sudden-death semifinal at the Love Competition Gymnasium tonight at 7 p.m. The other semifinal, also on Tuesday at 7 p.m., pits Bishop's (7-9) at Concordia (8-8).
The Martlets, who are gunning for their first Quebec championship since 1996, won the first three confrontations of the season series between the two squads before falling 70-60 to the Citadins last Saturday night.
In the other semi-final Bishop's and Concordia split their season series 2-2 with each team sweeping their home-court games. In their last meeting on February 17, Bishop's edged the Stingers 44-42 in a defensive struggle. Bishop's is the only team in the past decade, other than Laval to win an RSEQ title, with their last championship coming in 2004. The Stingers last conference championship came in 1999, capping a three-year string of titles.
2011-12 RSEQ ALL-STARS AND MAJOR AWARD RECIPIENTS
Most OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Kaylah Barrett, Concordia, Religion, Brampton, ON, Sultan Prospects OBA
Most OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Jessy Roy, Bishop's, Math/Education, Val-d'Or, QC, Cégep de Sherbrooke
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
**Dianna Ros, McGill, Physical Therapy, Montreal, Collège Montmorency
LEADERSHIP & CITIZENSHIP AWARD
**Michelle Auger-Bellemare, UQAM, Accounting, Victoriaville, QC, Collège Édouard-Montpetit
COACH OF THE YEAR
**Ryan Thorne, McGill
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
FIRST ALL STAR TEAM
Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team
Guard, Kaylah Barrett, Concordia, Religion, Brampton, ON, Sultan Prospects OBA
Centre, Anneth Him-Lazarenko, McGill, Secondary Social Sciences, Panama City, Vanier College
Guard, Elyse Jobin, Laval, Physiotherapy, Moncton, NB, NEDA
Guard, Jessy Roy, Bishop's, Math / Education, Val-d'Or, QC Cégep de Sherbrooke
Guard, Françoise Charest, McGill, Industrial Relations, Quebec City, QC, Cégep de Sainte-Foy
SECOND ALL STAR TEAM
Guard, Marie-Eve Martin, McGill, Sociology, Granby, QC Vanier College
Guard, Gabrielle Chamberland, Bishop's, Business, Sherbrooke, QC Cégep de Sherbrooke
Centre, Émie Simard, UQAM, Tourism and Hotel Industry Management, Varennes, QC Collège Édouard-Montpetit
Centre, Marie-Pascale Nadeau, Laval, Microbiology, Levis, QC Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Guard, Magalie Beaulieu, Concordia, Business, St. Laurent, QC Vanier College
Guard, Dianna Ros, McGill, Physical Therapy NP, Montreal, Collège Montmorency
Forward, Jannie Jacques, Laval, Law, Sorel-Tracy, QC, Collège Montmorency
Forward, Véronique Fortin-Tremblay, Bishop's, Chemistry, Chicoutimi, QC Cégep de Sainte-Foy
Guard, Natasha Raposo, Concordia, Leisure Sciences, Montreal, Vanier College
Forward, Eloisa Katz, Bishop's, Neuroscience, Raanana (Israel), U20 Israel National Team
** Unanimous choice
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