- Alena Luciani, 5-foot-11 forward (Oakville Holy Trinity) — You guessed it, she's the younger sister of former Laurier football stalwarts Dante and Vince Luciani (Dante made the catch on a third-and-long which helped set up the Golden Hawks' winning field goal in the 2005 Vanier vs. Saskatchewan).
Alena Luciani did a post-graduate year at Berkshire Prep in New England, so she stands to come in a little more seasoned than the typical rookie.
- Anna Southall-Millward, 5-11 post (Hamilton Westdale) — Laurier's press release notes that Southwall-Millward is expected to have "immediate impact." Hamilton, as you know, is the hotbed of female hoops in Ontario, and Southall-Millward's school and club teams each won provincial medals in Ontario's top divisions this season. Her Westdale Warriors lost out in the semis at quad-A OFSAA, but she helped her Blessed Sacrament club team win the OBA Division 1 gold this spring.
(It is presumed OFSAA still gives a medal to the fourth-place team at a basketball or volleyball championship. It's one of those odd Ontario things you just accept, like having high school graduation in October.)
- Nicole Roeder, 5-7 guard (Waterloo Collegiate/K-W Lightning) — Roeder was an intergral part of the Waterloo Vikings winning the OFSAA quad-A bronze medal last season, over Southall-Millward's team no less.
- Aimee Van Dam, 6-foot-1 forward (Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg) — It's unclear what calibre of competition the CMU Blazers face, since colleges in Manitoba are outside the CCAA structure. However, Van Dam had a few double-doubles last winter while playing against the likes of Minot State-Bottineau, and she can block shots.
Basketball: Sister of '05 Vanier Cup hero to play for Laurier women
Laurier's women's basketball recruiting class includes one last name which will jump out at you: