SCHEDULE AND STATS
2016-17 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
2015-16 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS
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vs. Queen’s vs. Waterloo vs. Laurier at Lakehead vs. Algoma at Guelph at Windsor at Western vs. Toronto vs. Ryerson at McMaster at Brock vs. Laurentian vs. Nipissing at Ryerson at Toronto vs. Ottawa vs. Carleton at Queen’s
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YORK LIONS per game while taking on a greater leadership role and she will be counted on to again provide the team with strong play at both ends of the court. The team’s backcourt duo of Katrina Collins-Samuels and Sandra Nagowska were both on the OUA all-rookie team last season after tremendous first years. Collins-Samuels was second in team scoring while Nagowska led the Lions in assists, and both are poised to take another step in their development this year.
The trio of guards are joined by a new face in Khara Keane, who makes her debut with the Lions this season but brings to the team plenty of experience after one year in the NCAA with A full year with new head coach Erin McAleenan, and the un- the University of Albany. She is a quick, athletic point guard veiling of her first recruiting class, has given the York Lions with a high basketball IQ who fills a big need for the program women’s basketball team a renewed sense of optimism in 2016- and she will step in and run the offence from day one. 17. Up front, fifth-year forward Shauney Fischer also enters her McAleenan was hired last July and in just a short time made final season after a strong fourth year in which she set a new an immediate impact on the squad. While the standings didn’t career high in scoring, and he was also second on the team reflect much of a change – the Lions finished at the bottom in rebounding. She is a solid defensive presence with strong of the OUA East Division and missed out on the playoffs – the leadership skills who will play a key role on the floor and in the squad got better as the season went on and played many of locker room. the top teams tough down the stretch. Rookie forward Megan MacLeod, a highly-touted recruit afThe off-season brought her first new players, and their addi- ter plenty of success in high school and with her Niagara club tion to the team as well as the return of some key veterans has team, has already played herself into a starting spot and inthe Lions looking for a rise in the division and a playoff berth. jects some much-needed energy and skill into the line-up. “We are a much improved team from last year; hopefully we The Lions have the talent to challenge for one of the 12 playoff can surprise a few teams and see where the cards will fall,” spots up for grabs in the OUA and the players and coaching McAleenan said about the team’s prospects this season. “As staff believe they can surprise a few teams along the way. long as we play the way we want to, I think we are in position to get one of the playoff spots.” The squad is in good position as it returns each of its top five scorers and rebounders, all of whom will benefit significantly from a year playing in McAleenan’s system. The depth is a lot better than last year, and the strength of the team will definitely be in the backcourt with its guards. “We’ve talked a lot about playing fast, hard and together. We want to increase the tempo and get out and run. We definitely want to create opportunities for our guards and we have a lot of them who can get past defenders and get to the rim.” Fifth-year guard Ishanaa Seupersadsingh is coming off a career year in which she led the Lions in scoring with 10.9 points
We are a much improved team from last year; hopefully we can surprise a few teams and see where the cards will fall ERIN McALEENAN - HEAD COACH
BASKETBALL 2016-2017 ERIN MCALEENAN
Erin McAleenan became the head coach of the Lions women’s basketball team ahead of the 2015-16 season, taking over the reigns of the program after 29 years with Bill Pangos at the helm. McAleenan came to York from the University of Lethbridge, where she was the head coach of the Pronghorns for three seasons. In her time in Lethbridge, she guided the program to its best record in 18 years in 2012-13 while also creating an alumni association and developing the local Jr. Horns Basketball Club. She has plenty of national and international coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach with the Canadian cadette women’s team in 2015. She was also the head coach of Alberta’s U17 Canada Summer Games team in 2013 and an assistant coach for Canada’s Pan Am Games team in 2011. Prior to entering the coaching ranks, McAleenan had a four-year playing career at Acadia University, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree. She went on to receive her education degree from Trent University and then her master’s in coaching from the University of Alberta. She spent six years as a high school teacher in Port Hope, Ont., before beginning her post-graduate degree.
ELSPETH CHENG ASSISTANT COACH
Elspeth Cheng joined the Lions coaching staff in 2016, returning to the team where she previously experienced a tremendous playing career. After three years with the Dalhousie Tigers, Cheng came to York and was a member of the team for two seasons during one of the program’s most successful runs. She helped the squad win the OUA championship in 2007 and represent the conference at the national tournament, and the following year reached the OUA final again en route to a silver medal. She spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach with separate local club programs, first the North Toronto Basketball Association and then the Scarborough Basketball Association, and won medals in four of those years, including gold with North Toronto in 2011-12 and then again with Scarborough in 2015. While at York, Cheng will also be completing her master’s degree in education.
THE COACHES Lexie Sananes joined the Lions coaching staff in 2012 after retiring from playing following two injuryplagued seasons with the Lions.
Before coming to York, Sananes played for the Advantage Titans club program and she coached with the club for seven years. She is an assistant coach at Bill Crothers Secondary School and is entering her fourth summer as an assistant coach with the U15/U17 Ontario team. She was part of the squad that won the U17 national championship in 2015.
SHELDON WHITE ASSISTANT COACH
Sheldon White joined the Lions coaching staff in 2015 after six seasons as an assistant coach with the junior and senior boys basketball teams at Port Credit Secondary School. Currently, he convenes the adult basketball league for the City of Mississauga. He has been a certified basketball official with the Peel Regional Board of Approved Basketball Officials for eight years, and received the Dale Carnegie Highest Achievement Award, voted on by his peers.
MERV MAXWELL ASSISTANT COACH
Merv Maxwell joined the Lions coaching staff in 2016 and brings to York several years of experience as a player, coach and administrator at a number of different levels in New Brunswick. He coached for five years at George Street Middle School and was the youth development director at the YMCA in Fredericton, where he coached various recreational and competitive programs for all ages. His own playing career included three years on the New Brunswick provincial team and five years representing the Varsity Reds at the University of New Brunswick.
ESTEBAN CLAVIJO – HEAD STUDENT THERAPIST BABILA MOHANARAJAN – ASSISTANT STUDENT THERAPIST
FIFTH-YEAR FORWARD LEAVING HER MARK AT YORK Growing up, Shauney Fischer was a natural athlete who played many different sports, but it was basketball that really captivated her and ultimately led her to York University. She picked up the sport in grade four after a cousin asked her to join a team that was lacking girls and she took to it right away. As a woman who grew to be 6-foot-1, Fischer continued to excel in many different sports but realized in grade 9 that her passion was to be on a court, and in grade 12 she played basketball exclusively with the goal of continuing to play at the next level. A visit to York during the recruiting process sealed the deal. “I love the community feel here. I visited a few other schools but the second I stepped on campus here it felt like a second home for me. I loved the feel of the campus and the people that are here and I knew I had to be at York.” Four years later, York has become even more of a second home for her and she has loved being part of the Lions community.
year with the goal of helping the Lions earn one of the 12 playoff spots in the OUA.
“It’s been an amazing experience. I’ve enjoyed everything York has to offer, especially the family feel. That is huge for me.”
Now in her second year under head coach Erin McAleenan, Fischer feels that she has seen a lot of personal growth in herself and the same in her teammates, and she believes that will carry them into an improved performance on the basketball court.
Fischer has embraced many different aspects of campus life even outside the varsity community, most notably working for the recruitment office hosting campus tours for prospective students. She got into the work thanks to a recommendation from former teammate Courtney Osborne, who thought Fischer’s bubbly personality would serve her well in the position. “I love being able to influence their choices,” Fischer says about the high school students and their parents she now meets. “I like being able to talk to them about being at York and help them get a feel for the campus. The people I met when I came to visit are what influenced me the most and I hope to be that person for the students who come visit.” Fischer’s leadership skills have also been apparent on the court, where she is a team captain and is coming off a career year in which she ranked third in team scoring. She has played in 68 games over her first four seasons and enters her fifth and final
When the season ends and her playing career comes to a close, Fischer wants to remain in the sport as a coach. The kinesiology and health science student is also applying to graduate school and has dreams of becoming a chiropractor. “I’ve always wanted to do something related to working with athletes and helping them through the healing process. I’ve been going to a chiropractor my whole life and it has really helped me and I want to be able to do that for other athletes.” Before that happens, she has one more year to leave her mark on both the Lions women’s basketball team and the broader York community.
GETTING TO KNOW SHAUNEY Favourite professional athlete? Michael Jordan Favourite food? Steak and asparagus Nicknames? The team calls me Shauntron – I don’t like it but they’ve called me that for years! If you weren’t playing basketball, which sport would you be playing? Volleyball – I had an offer to join a CIS team but I didn’t have the same passion for it as basketball.
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• Started 11 games at point guard and averaged 5.2 points and 1.1 assists, both career highs • Has outstanding onball defence • Won provincial championship with Hamilton club team in 2014 • High school team MVP and captain in final season
PG • 5’6 • 3rd Year
Kinesiology & Health Science Ancaster, Ont. Bishop Tonnos C.S.S.
Year 2014-15 2015-16 Total
GP 18 14 32
PTS 64 73 137
REB 28 21 49
AST 12 20 32
BLK STL 0 20 0 18 0 38
G • 5’6 • 2nd Year Psychology Hamilton, Ont. Cathedral H.S.
G • 5’8 • 4th Year
G • 5’9 • 2nd Year
Kinesiology & Health Science Toronto, Ont. Richview C.I.
PTS 8 53 122 183
REB 2 14 22 38
AST 0 17 8 25
BLK 0 0 0 0
Law & Society Scarborough, Ont. St. Joseph’s College School / University of Albany
STL 1 4 5 10
F • 6’0 • 1st Year Psychology Niagara Falls, Ont. Saint Paul C.H.S.
• OUA East all-rookie team member after finishing second on the Lions in scoring • Represented York at the OUA all-star game • A phenomenal athlete with tremendous on-ball defence • Has a quick crossover to get by any defender
• A strong, athletic forward with great post footwork and moves around the rim • Uses body well and runs well in tradition • Played for Niagara JUEL club team • Two-time recipient of the Harold Biggar Memorial Award as the top girls’ high school basketball player in Niagara Falls
• Finished fifth in team scoring with 6.4 points per game, a new career high • A great catch-andshoot guard with a high basketball IQ • Worked hard in the off-season to improve attack to the basket
GP 4 19 19 42
Year GP PTS REB AST BLK STL 2015-16 19 155 61 24 2 21 Total 19 155 61 24 2 21
Year 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Total
• Joins the Lions after one season with the Great Danes at the University of Albany • A quick, athletic point guard with a high basketball IQ • Played for the Advantage Titans of the JUEL league • Has the ability to get to the rim on offence and is a strong presence on the defensive end • Helped high school team win the city championship in 2014 and was a four-time team MVP • Sister, Colleen, is a fifth-year guard for the Cape Breton Capers in the AUS
F • 6’1 • 5th Year Kinesiology & Health Science Wallaceburg, Ont. Wallaceburg District S.S.
Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Total
GP 13 21 17 19 68
PTS 50 82 79 125 336
REB 53 111 77 101 342
AST 7 22 6 14 49
BLK 1 8 13 4 26
STL 10 18 14 12 54
• Ranked third on the team in scoring and second in rebounding last season • Brings tenacity and physical play to the line-up • Earned the prestigious Kinesiology & Health Science Entrance Award when coming to York in 2012 • Won OBA championship with club team in 2010 • Earned Chatham-Kent basketball all-star honours
• Has good rebounding and perimeter shooting skills • Brings a hard-working attitude to the team • Helped high school team win the York Region championship
G • 5’10 • 2nd Year Business & Society Markham, Ont. Bill Crothers S.S.
Year GP PTS REB AST BLK STL 2015-16 14 10 6 1 1 33 Total 14 10 6 1 1 33
• A strong, athletic forward who is a talented offensive rebounder • Has the ability to step out and shoot the three • Played for the Advantage Titans in the JUEL league F • 5’11 • 1st Year
F • 6’0 • 3rd Year
Psychology Ajax, Ont. Pickering H.S.
Kinesiology & Health Science Huntsville, Ont. Huntsville H.S.
Year 2014-15 2015-16 Total
GP 12 19 12
PTS 4 96 4
REB 11 81 11
AST 3 10 3
BLK 2 11 2
STL 3 11 3
• Appeared in all 19 games at forward and led the Lions in field goal percentage (44.0) • Has tremendous passing ability and a high basketball IQ • Brings a great energy to the team • Was high school team’s top scorer and rebounder in all four years • Reached the OFSAA championships with high school team in 2012
THE PLAYERS SANDRA NAGOWSKA
PG • 5’8 • 5th Year Education Peterborough, Ont. Holy Cross S.S.
Year GP PTS REB AST BLK STL 2015-16 19 124 99 32 1 26 Total 19 124 99 32 1 26
• OUA East all-rookie team member • Ranked fourth in team scoring and third in rebounds in first season with the Lions • An athletic, quick guard who is creative on the dribble to get to the rim and find teammates • Three-time team MVP in high school and reached the OFSAA championships twice • Mother, Halina, was an international-level track and field athlete in Poland in the 1970s
G • 5’8 • 5th Year Kinesiology & Health Science Markham, Ont. Bill Crothers S.S.
Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Total
GP 16 22 19 19 76
PTS REB 80 29 70 30 171 73 208 76 529 208
AST 12 21 43 30 106
BLK STL 2 9 1 14 4 29 7 38 14 90
• Team MVP last season while averaging a career-high 10.9 points per game to lead the Lions • Ranked third in the OUA in free throw percentage (80.6) • Extremely quick and explosive to get past defenders • Has great three-point range • Won two York Region basketball championships with high school team
• Led the Lions in rebounds (5.7) and blocks (1.0) per game, both new career highs • A tough, physically strong defender who rebounds well at both ends of the floor • Earned high school team MVP awards in basketball and G • 5’7 • 1st Year volleyball Children’s Studies
F • 6’0 • 5th Year Kinesiology & Health Science Cookstown, Ont. Banting Memorial H.S.
Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 Total
GP 11 18 18 14 47
PTS 25 9 47 42 81
REB 55 48 96 80 199
AST 4 4 1 2 9
BLK 9 0 14 14 23
Brantford, Ont. Brantford C.I.
STL 5 9 10 4 24
• An athletic, left-handed guard with a strong work ethic • Shoots the ball well from behind the arc • Played for the London Ramblers in the JUEL league • Was the top scorer and team MVP in final year of high school • Four-time high school athlete of the year • Won four city championships and an OFSAA gold medal with girls’ rugby team
SECOND-YEAR GUARD MAKES HER U SPORTS DEBUT AFTER ONE SEASON IN NCAA “When I finally switched to a girls’ team it was really different. It was nice being able to stay with the team and use the same changeroom, and I got the ball more because they weren’t scared to pass me the ball!” Keane blossomed on the basketball court and put together a tremendous high school career at St. Joseph’s College in Toronto, earning team MVP honours in four consecutive seasons and leading the squad to a city championship in 2014. She also played her club basketball with the Advantage Titans, where she was coached by a familiar face in Lexie Sananes, who is an assistant with the Lions. Sananes heard Keane was planning on coming back home and reached out, and Keane decided to commit to the Lions after getting to know McAleenan and visiting the campus. She has only been here for a short time but is already enjoying all the university has to offer. “It’s been amazing, I love it! I live in the village, so it’s away from There are several new faces on the York Lions women’s basket- home but still close to my family. I like that I can go home when I ball team following head coach Erin McAleenan’s first off-sea- want to but that I still have my own space. I am looking forward to son leading the program and one of them, point guard Khara my family being able to watch me play this year.” Keane, brings a different kind of experience to the program. As a point guard, she fills a need for the program and her experiKeane, originally from Ajax, Ont., spent her first post-second- ence will be an invaluable asset for a young team that is looking ary season in the NCAA with the University of Albany. Heading to make a run at the playoffs this year. The Lions are hoping to south fulfilled a lifelong dream of hers, but it wasn’t long be- prove they are ready to compete in the OUA, and having Keane fore she came to realize that being back at home was a better running the offence from the point is a big first step for the team. situation for her. “My goal was always to get a scholarship and go to the NCAA. I got that opportunity at Albany so I went there, but it wasn’t all I thought it would be. I decided to come home and I still wanted to play. I was originally going to go to Cape Breton to play with my older sister [Colleen is a fifth-year guard with the Capers] but it was really far and when I weighed all my options, I realized I wanted to be here at York.”
GETTING TO KNOW KHARA Is there any significance to wearing the #7? Yes, it represents my dad’s birthday, which was March 7. He passed away when I was 9. My sister wears the same number.
Keane first stepped on a basketball court at the age of eight to join all of her cousins, who had gotten into the sport through a program started by her uncle. There were no girls’ leagues at that age, and so she cut her teeth in basketball playing on a boys’ team for the first few years.
If you weren’t playing basketball, what sport would you play? Soccer
Growing up playing only with boys was tough at first but it provided her with a unique experience that helped her grow her skill set in the game.
What is your favourite food? Pizza
“I was the only girl on the boys’ team. Until I proved myself in practice they wouldn’t pass me the ball, but then when I did something good they really hyped it up!
What is one possession you can’t live without? Chapstick
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CIS AWARDS CIS SILVER MEDALS 1996-97
CIS FIRST-TEAM ALL-CANADIANS 1996-97 – Karen Jackson
CIS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2004-05 – Laura MacCallum
CIS SECOND-TEAM ALL-CANADIANS 1980-81 – Barbara Whibbs
OUA AWARDS OUA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES 2006-07, 1981-82 OUA EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR 1996-97 – Karen Jackson (east division) OUA EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2006-07 – Kim Gibbs OUA EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2004-05 – Laura MacCullum 1999-00 – Kelly Vernelli 1993-94 – Karen Jackson 1992-93 – Leigh Anne Isaac 1988-89 – Cathy Amara OUA EAST JOY BELLINGER AWARD 2013-14 – Kayla Pangos OUA COACH OF THE YEAR 2006-07 – Bill Pangos 2005-06 – Bill Pangos 2004-05 – Bill Pangos 1995-96 – Bill Pangos 1994-95 – Bill Pangos
OUA EAST FIRST-TEAM ALL-STARS 2012-13 – Cyrielle Recoura 2008-09 – Laura MacCullum 2007-08 – Emily Van Hoof, Laura MacCullum 2006-07 – Kim Gibbs, Laura MacCallum 2005-06 – Brenan Rurak 2003-04 – Nastassia Subban 2002-03 – Nastassia Subban 2001-02 – Susy Dabovic 2000-01 – Kelly Vernelli 1999-00 – Leslie Richards 1998-99 – Leslie Richards 1997-98 – Karen Jackson 1996-97 – Karen Jackson, Maya Habash 1995-96 – Karen Jackson, Shannon Carey 1994-95 – Karen Jackson 1993-94 – Karen Jackson 1992-93 – Jennifer Cushing, Leigh Anne Isaac 1991-92 – Cathy Amara, Jennifer Cushing
YORK AWARDS YORK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 2006-07 – Kim Gibbs 1996-97 – Karen Jackson 1985-86 – Paula Lockyer 1980-81 – Barb Whibbs 1970-71 – Eva Hill YORK ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2005-06 – Tara Minicuci 2004-05 – Laura MacCallum
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 2009 – Karen (Jackson) Northey 2008 – Kim Holden 2007 – Paula Lockyer 2002 – Barb (Whibbs) Nosella 1981 – Eva (Hill) Langley
1990-91 – Joann Jakovcevic 1988-89 – Cathy Amara 1987-88 – Michelle Sund 1982-83 – Kim Holden 1981-82 – Barb Whibbs 1980-81 – Barb Whibbs 1979-80 – Barb Whibbs, Kim Holden OUA EAST SECOND-TEAM ALLSTARS 2010-11 – Brittany Szockyj 2007-08 – Brenan Rurak 2006-07 – Brenan Rurak 2005-06 – Kim Gibbs, Sarah Brodie 2004-05 – Kim Gibbs 1988-89 – Michelle Sund 1987-88 – Heather Reid 1986-87 – Heather Reid 1985-86 – Anne Marie Thuss, Jean Graham, Paula Lockyer 1984-85 – Anne Marie Thuss, Paula Lockyer 1983-84 – Kim Holden, Nancy Harrison, Paula Lockyer
1982-83 – Nancy Harrison, Paula Lockyer 1981-82 – Kim Holden, Leslie Dalcin 1980-81 – Kim Holden OUA EAST ALL-ROOKIE TEAM 2015-16 – Katrina Collins-Samuels, Sandra Nagowska 2012-13 – Cyrielle Recoura 2011-12 – Samantha Ernest 2009-10 – Nadia Qahwash 2008-09 – Emily Perras 2007-08 – Brittany Szockyj, Nikki Cecchini 2005-06 – Tara Minicuci 2004-05 – Laura MacCallum 2003-04 – Kim Gibbs
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SPORT INJURY CLINIC The Gorman/Shore Sport Injury Clinic features a full staff of athletic therapists and team doctors with significant experience in the medical field, and many of the doctors are recognized as some of the top experts in the country in their specific fields. In addition to sport medicine physicians, York employs a large variety of specialists including an orthopedic surgeon, dentist, neurosurgeon, radiologist, cardiologist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, osteopath, pedorthist and a mental health specialist. The team brings to York experience at multiple Olympic Games and world championships, as well as with professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports. The sport injury clinic is a teaching clinic, with students from York University’s Athletic Therapy Certificate Program completing their clinical placements under the direct supervision of the clinic manager and supervisor. Because of this, most medical care for student-athletes is free of charge. Each varsity team is assigned at least one student athletic therapist who spends the entire season with the team and attends all practices and games. Lions student-athletes also have access to a fully-equipped clinic for all of their treatment needs.
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