Hodg­son, Works and McKen­zie ma­jor hoops win­ners

Col­ley, Pit­field and Legge also take home the hard­ware at AUS women’s award’s ban­quet

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO tj­colello@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — Make it two in a row for Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers su­per­star Kelsey Hodg­son.

The fifth-year guard from Fredericton won her sec­ond AUS women’s bas­ket­ball most valu­able player award as the con­fer­ence’s ma­jor award win­ners were an­nounced, Thurs­day. Hodg­son re­ceived her award at the league’s award ban­quet at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The awards were held on the eve of the Capers host­ing the 2010 Sub­way AUS Women’s Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship. The tour­na­ment opens with quar­ter-fi­nal play to­day at Sul­li­van Field House.

“I was kind of sur­prised,” she said. “We did have a great sea­son, but there’s a lot of great play­ers in the league now. Some who have come in and Alise (Brown) came back, so it’s a big sur­prise to me.”

The two-time Cana­dian In­teruni­ver­sity Sport all-Cana­dian is CBU’s all-time scor­ing leader, af­ter fin­ish­ing with 1,588 ca­reer points, eclips­ing Jan­ice Mos­ey­chuck’s for­mer school record of 1,498. Mos­ey­chuck is the only other Ca­per to be named MVP, winning the award in 1995-96.

Hodg­son, who led the coun­try in scor­ing again with 22.1 points per game, was also the best in the AUS with 3.0 steals per game, a 90.4 per cent free-throw per­cent­age and 52 three-point­ers. With her AUS MVP nod, Hodg­son is now the con­fer­ence’s can­di­date for the Nan Copp Award as the coun­try’s out­stand­ing player of the year.

On the de­fen­sive side of the court, an­other Capers player was hon­oured. Nicole Works took home the top de­fen­sive hon­our af­ter lead­ing the AUS with 4.7 as­sists per game and was sec­ond in the con­fer­ence with a 2.2 as­sist/turnover ra­tio.

Works is the third Capers player to win the award. Mau­reen Mur­rin in 2004-05 and Ta­mara Al­leyne in 2006-07 were also hon­oured.

“I think a lot of it is cred­ited to the whole team,” said Works. “Fabe fo­cuses a lot on team de­fence, so it’s not re­ally just me, it’s every­one. It was just me who was se­lected I guess.”

Capers head coach Fabian McKen­zie, for the third time in his 11 sea­sons at CBU, was named the AUS coach of the year. He also won the award in 2001-02 and 2005-06 and was named the CIS coach of the year in 2005-06, the last AUS coach to do so.

“It’s nice to re­ceive an hon­our like coach of the year — it means you get some re­spect from your peers,” said McKen­zie. “The coach of the year award is ba­si­cally what your staff puts into it and what your play­ers do. If I don’t have Kelsey Hodg­son, Kar­men Brown, Nikki Works, those kids, I don’t get this award.”

A player hot on the heels of Hodg­son in the league scor­ing race was Saint Mary’s Huskies guard Justine Col­ley. Col­ley was named the con­fer­ence rookie of the year af­ter av­er­ag­ing 20.9 points per game. That’s the best av­er­age for a rookie in the coun­try.

“It’s great to be rec­og­nized, but more so, I’d like to rec­og­nize my team­mates who helped me get th­ese awards,” said Col­ley. “Without them, I wouldn’t be in this po­si­tion to be hon­est.”

For her work both in the class­room and in the com­mu­nity, fourth-year for­ward Alex Legge of the Dal­housie Tigers was given the stu­dent-ath­lete and com­mu­nity ser­vice award. Also, fifth-year for­ward Laure Pit­field of the Huskies is the AUS nom­i­nee for the Tracy MacLeod Award, given to the player that demon­strates determination, per­se­ver­ance and un­wa­ver­ing spirit.

Vaughan Mer­chant - Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity

The At­lantic Uni­ver­sity Sport women’s bas­ket­ball award’s ban­quet was held at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Thurs­day. Ma­jor award win­ners, from left, to right, are Laure Pit­field of the Saint Mary’s Huskies, the AUS nom­i­nee for the Tracy MacLeod Award; Justine Col­ley of the Huskies, rookie of the year; Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity Capers head coach Fabian McKen­zie, coach of the year; Nicole Works of the Capers, de­fen­sive player of the year; Kelsey Hodg­son of the Capers, most valu­able player; and Alex Legge of the Dal­housie Tigers, given the stu­dent-ath­lete and com­mu­nity ser­vice award.

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