July 6, 2005      
 
Women's Basketball - looking strong again

It has been a busier than usual spring for the Women’s Basketball program. Recruiting has been ongoing and successful while some current players are involved in high level summer programs.

In December of 2005 Quebec will be sending a women’s basketball team to Niger to compete in the World Francophonie Games. Three Gaiters from our 2005-06 team will be representing Bishop’s and Quebec. 4th yr guard and 2 time All-Canadian Anouk Boulanger, 5th year point guard & 3 time QSSF All-star and Defensive Player of the Year France Lanoie and 2nd forward & Bishop’s Rookie of the Year Laure Pitfield. I am also part of the team as an assistant coach.

In addition to playing on the Francophone Games team Laure (aka ‘Lo’) Pitfield and Anouk Boulanger earned invitations to National Team camps. Lo was 1 of 18 athletes invited from across the country to tryout for the Canadian Junior National Team. Unfortunately Lo did not make the 12 player roster this time, but gained valuable experience at her first National Team camp. Anouk is off to Waterloo in early July and is vying for a spot on the Women’s Senior Team or the Student Games team that will represent Canada in Turkey in August at the World University Games.

The 2005-06 edition of the Gaiters is looking very strong. With a core of 7 returning players and a very good recruiting class Bishop’s is looking to make amends for a very disappointing playoff upset in March.

The Class of 2009 features 4 new players who are excellent students, have great character and come from successful programs. They are Kelsie Baker, Christelle Cote, Alana Korcynzski & Robyn Wilson.

Kelsie Baker is an athletic 5’11 forward from Kamloops, BC. Kelsie averaged 12 ppg & 11 rpg for South Kamloops this season. She was an Okanagan all-star, team captain & MVP and her high school’s Athlete of the Year. An exceptional athlete, Kelsie was recruited to play CIS basketball & volleyball, as well as CCAA soccer.

Christelle Cote is a 5’9 guard/forward from Magog, QC. She was a 2 year starter and team captain at Cegep power Edouard Montpetit. She is an excellent perimeter shooter and is a very smart player at both ends of the court. Christelle averaged 10 ppg and 8 rpg this year and was a key player on a team that made the CCAA National Championship tournament.

Alana Korcynzski hails from Holy Cross in Kingston, ON. Alana is a 5’9 guard who guided her team to ‘AAA’ OFSAA title 2 years ago. She was a captain and key member of a provincial ‘AAA’ powerhouse who was named MVP at several different tournaments in the last couple of years.

Robyn Wilson, a 5’10 forward from Vancouver, like our 3 other recruits was a team captain. Robyn led Vancouver’s York House to 3 consecutive ‘AA’ BC Provincial Championships. Robyn has also been a member of the BC provincial teams for the past 3 summers.

I am excited about adding these talented players to our program. In addition I am very confident that they have excellent leadership qualities which has been a strength of our team in recent years. Our recruiting is not quite complete and I expect to confirm 1 more blue chip recruit in the very near future.

2005-06 should be an exciting season!

Sincerely,
Rob Gilpin
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
819-822-9600 ext. 2662
rgilpin@ubishops.ca
 
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