Basketball: OUA East women's awards

The OUA East women's basketball awards were announced this morning:

Player of the year — Toronto G Alaine Hutton (Hamilton). The senior guard is a main reason why U of T is poised to make its second Final 8 trip in four years; Hutton has averaged 17.8 points for Varsity, which plays Ottawa in a game to go to nationals tomorrow night.

Joy Bellinger Award of MeritAmanda McConnell, F, Laurentian (Regina, Sask.). McConnell, who lost her mom to breast cancer four years ago, was integral in a number of fundraising efforts for cancer treatment and research at the Sudbury school.

Coach of the year — Ottawa's Andy Sparks. The proof is in the record; Sparks made Ashbury College a provincial girls powerhouse and has carried that over to Ottawa, which has thrown off the yoke of last season's 3-19 catastrophe and gone 15-7 this season. A lot of credit goes to his staff, including assistants such as Mario Gaetano and Moriah Trowell, the former all-Canadian who was one of the veterans who left the Gee-Gees in 2007-08.

Defender of the yearTanya Perry, G, Carleton (Barrie, Ont.) Ask anyone who watched a Ravens game this season; she was all over the court.

Rookie of the yearAbby Edmison, F, RMC (Carleton Place, Ont.) Edmison avergaged 7.0 points and 6.5 rebounds for a Paladins team which snapped its 128-game losing streak this season.

First teamNicki Schutz, F, Toronto (Toronto); Ines Jelic, F, Carleton (London, Ont.); Hutton, G, Toronto; Laura MacCallum, G, York (Paris, Ont.); Brittany Moore, G, Queen's (Hannon, Ont.).

A little bit of trivia: The school scoring record which MacCallum now holds was previously held by Nastassia Subban, older sister of Montreal Canadiens prospect P.K. Subban.

Second team — Perry, G, Carleton; Emilie Morasse, G, Ottawa (Quebec City); Darrah Bumstead, F, Laurentian (New Hamburg, Ont.); Jenny Hobbs, G, Ryerson (Burlington); Sharlene Harding, F, RMC (Brampton, Ont.).

Rookie team — Edmison, F, RMC; Alyson Bush, G, Carleton (Ottawa); Emily Perras , G, York (Lindsay, Ont.); Kendall MacLeod, F, Carleton (Brockville, Ont.); Angela Tilk, F, Ryerson (Welland, Ont.).

All eight teams were represented, thanks to the rookie Edmison and the 34-year-old grad student, Harding.
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