NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Manitoba Bisons’ Alanna Sharman (hockey) and Alberta Golden Bears’ Mamadou Gueye (basketball) were named the Canada West First Stars of the Week after outstanding individual performances in leading their respective squads.
Sharman filled the stat sheet last Saturday as the rookie forward registered a hat trick and handed out two assists in the Bisons’ crucial victory over Regina. With Manitoba’s weekend sweep, the Bisons sit second in the conference as the playoff picture starts to take form.
In men’s sports, Gueye turned in back-to-back double-doubles in the Bears’ weekend split versus the Bisons. On Saturday, last year’s Canada West Rookie of the Year notched 26 points, 10 rebounds, one block and two steals. On the next day, the forward from Quebec City put up 21 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and two assists in the 90-73 win.
Also honoured this week are Victoria’s Jessica Renfrew (basketball), Regina’s Chelsea Ziolkowski (volleyball), Calgary’s Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (basketball) and Lethbridge’s Brandon Brine (basketball).
First Star: #24 Alanna Sharman, Manitoba (Hockey)
The Manitoba Bisons moved their winning streak to four conference games in women’s hockey as they swept the Regina Cougars at home over the January 16-18 weekend.
Rookie forward Alanna Sharman continued her impressive first year campaign as she had a spectacular game on Saturday with five points (three goals and two assists) in a dominating 6-1 victory.
The Winnipeg native started the weekend with two shots in a 2-1 overtime victory on Friday.
The matinee game on Saturday was another multi-point game for Sharman as she notched a hat trick and added two more assists for a five-point game while earning First Star selection in the 6-1 win.
With the two weekend victories, Manitoba moves into second place in the highly competitive Canada West conference with an 11-3-5-1 for 40 points.
Sharman is second in conference scoring with 24 points (14 goals and 10 assists) in 20 games played.
The Bisons will next face the Saskatchewan Huskies (8-3-7-2) on the road during the January 23-24 weekend with puck drop on Friday at 7 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. CT on Saturday.
Second Star: #4 Jessica Renfrew, Victoria (Basketball)
The University of Victoria Vikes women's basketball team had an impressive showing for their first home game of 2015. The unranked Vikes women dropped the then CIS No. 7-ranked Winnipeg Wesmen in both weekend matchups, extending their win streak to four games and an overall 6-6 record.
Fifth-year forward and captain Jessica Renfrew hit a career-high 36 points on Friday as the Vikes beat Winnipeg 71-48 at McKinnon Gym. The Victoria native scored 19 of the Vikes’ opening 27 points and finished 4-for-8 from distance. Renfrew also logged 31 minutes, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.
On Saturday, the Vikes got off to a good start in their second game against Winnipeg. Renfrew’s first two three-point attempts dropped with ease to give the senior eight of the team’s first 10 points on route to a 72-65 victory. Renfrew finished with 13 points on the night and was pivotal in floor time commanding a young team that resulted in four different scorers in double digits.
To date, the Claremont Secondary graduate has started all 12 games played this season, averaging 15.5 points per game and totalling 49 points last weekend alone. The 2011 Academic All Canadian will be en route to Calgary this weekend, January 23-24, to face the Calgary Dinos.
Third Star: #9 Chelsea Ziolkowski, Regina (Volleyball)
Chelsea Ziolkowski had a brilliant weekend for the University of Regina’s women’s volleyball team, leading the Cougars to a five-set victory over Saskatchewan on Friday and a straight-sets win on Saturday to complete the weekend sweep.
Ziolkowski not only piled up a career-high 18 kills in Friday’s comeback win, but also tied for the team lead with 13 digs and chipped in at the net with five blocks. She also added three assists and a pair of service aces. And as solid as Ziolkowski was on Friday, she was even better in Saturday’s sweep. She had 13 kills in only three sets and led all players with a blistering .588 hitting percentage, as she only had three errors on her 17 attacks. Ziolkowski also added 10 digs for her second double-double in as many nights.
For the weekend, Ziolkowski – a double major in health promotion and human kinetics – led the Cougars in both kills (31) and digs (23) while hitting .304 over the two matches. She also had six blocks, three assists, and two service aces.
The Cougars (6-12) hit the road this weekend for two road matches at Alberta.
First Star: #11 Mamadou Gueye, Alberta (Basketball)
University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball forward Mamadou Gueye has been named the Canada West First Star of the Week following his performance over the January 16-17 weekend.
Gueye, who was the Canada West Rookie of the Year last season, recorded a total of 47 points, 22 rebounds, five blocks, two steals and two assists as the Golden Bears split with the Manitoba Bisons, and improved their playoff chances. Gueye also led all players on the floor in scoring on both nights against the Bisons.
With the split, Alberta is now 7-6 on the season and in sixth position in the Pioneer Division of Canada West. They handed fourth place Manitoba their fifth loss of the season as well.
The sophomore forward from Quebec City threw down the first of his double-doubles on Friday night, finishing with 26 points, 10 rebounds, one block and two steals.
On Saturday, he banked 21 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and a pair of assists as the Bears beat the Bisons, 90-73.
The Golden Bears now hit the road for a critical series against the seventh-place Regina Cougars.
Second Star: #3 Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary (Basketball)
Fifth-year point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson was just the second player all year to record a triple double when he scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added 10 assists in Calgary’s 95-84 win over Lethbridge on Friday. Despite losing on Saturday night, Ogungbemi-Jackson had another 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to close out the weekend.
The Calgary point guard is currently first overall in the country in assists with 72, third overall in defensive rebounds with 98 and fourth in points with 259. Ogungbemi-Jackson is also just 15 points away from moving to third overall in career points at the University of Calgary.
The Dinos return home to host the Victoria Vikes, January 23-24.
Third Star: #1 Brandon Brine, Lethbridge (Basketball)
Australian national Brandon Brine led the Pronghorns in a weekend split with Pioneer Division-leading Calgary Dinos, combining to score 59 points in the two-game weekend series. In the two games, Brine shot better than 55% from the field, including 8 of 15 from behind the arc. He also grabbed 12 rebounds.
In Friday night’s loss to the Dinos, Brine led all scorers with 29 points, while shooting 11 for 21 from the field and hit three of seven three point attempts. He also added eight rebounds and two steals.
Brine followed up that performance, leading all scorers again Saturday night in the ‘Horns 82-70 win, which snapped the Pronghorns six-game losing skid. During the win, Brine poured in 30 points on an efficient 9 for 15 shooting night, including 5 of 8 from behind the arc. He also grabbed another four rebounds and added two assists.
On the season, Brine is the eighth leading scorer in Canada West, averaging 17.8 points per game.
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