The 2006-07 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) women’s basketball All-Canadian teams and post-season honours were announced on Thursday, March 8. The University of Manitoba Bisons had one player named to a major award. Bison Rachel Hart has been selected as 2006-07 CIS Defensive Player of
the Year. She is the first Bison to claim the award since its inception in 2001-02. She was also named 2006-07 Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Star.

Hart, 21, finished her fourth season with the Bisons and continues to put up impressive numbers on both the defensive and offensive ends of the court. Hart not only was second on the team in scoring and tenth in Canada West at 13.7 points per game but she was responsible with the task of playing defense against the top players every game in the Canada West season. This is evident in her Canada West stats during the regular conference season as the Hamilton, ON native was tenth with 50.0% field goal percentage, 11th in rebounding (6.2) and fifth with 4.14 assists per game. Hart was first in free throw percentage at 90.3% and is second in conference steals with 3.41,


In addition, she was a co-captain for the third consecutive season and had five games of six or more steals during the campaign, including a season-high 11 against Victoria while grabbing seven or more defensive boards on four occasions. The 5’8” guard was fifth in conference assists/turnover ratio at 1.57, 13th in defensive boards (4.18) while playing in 28.95 minutes per game, 15th most in the conference.


Bison women’s head coach Pam Danis said, “Rachel’s defense is a major contributor to our team’s success. Rachel is often called upon to guard our opponent’s best offensive players and is capable of switching defensive assignments in mid-game. Although she is only 5’8”, Rachel is frequently assigned to guard much bigger players and she has developed into one of the best post defenders in our league. One of her greatest gifts as a defender is her ability to read passing lanes, which aids in her steal totals.”



For more information, contact Head Coach Pam Danis at 474-8989.

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