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    March 7, 2016

    Winnipeg's Keneca Pingue-Giles Named OUA Player of the Year & Defensive POY


    The Ontario University Athletics (OUA) has announced the 2015-16 women's basketball major awards and all-stars.  In her fifth and final season, Ryerson Rams guard Keneca Pingue-Giles (Winnipeg, MB) had a season to remember and becomes the first player in program history to be named OUA Player of Year.

    Pingue-Giles, who is currently pursuing her Masters of public policy & admin, finished the season averaging 17.6 points per game, to go along with 77 assists and 130 rebounds as she led the Rams to a 16-3 record and a first place finish in the OUA East division.

    The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was also named OUA Defensive Player of Year after leading the conference with 79 steals.  Pingue-Giles was a force on the glass for the Rams as she finished third on the team with 4.6 defensive rebounds per game.  She becomes the first Rams player to win Defensive Player of the Year since former Ryerson standout Lacey O'Sullivan won award in 2009-10.

    Pingue-Giles has also been named an OUA all-star for the third-time in her career.  This is the second consecutive season she has been selected to the first-team after being named an OUA East Division second-team all-star in 2013-14.

    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
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