Women's basketball team adds new recruits for 2013-14
(March 23, 2013) The Memorial University women's basketball team will welcome a number of new faces to the lineup as seven recruits have committed to the program for the 2013-14 season.
The Sea-Hawks backcourt will be bolstered with the addition of guards Sydney Ezekiel (St. John's, NL), Sydney Stewart (London, ON), Chante Clarke (Toronto, ON), Erica Gillis (Summerside, PE), Lindsay Taylor (Waterloo, ON), and Brianna MacKeigan (Glace Bay, NS) while forward Brooklyn Wright (Cambridge, ON) will give Memorial head coach Doug Partridge an added threat on the wing.
Stewart, Taylor and Wright all compete for the Tri-County Thunder in the Ontario Juel League.
Sydney Ezekiel will come to Memorial after finishing her high school at Bishop's College in St. John's. The 5'10 guard was Newfoundland and Labrador's leading scorer at the national under 17 tournament last summer with 24 points per game. Ezekiel is a confident scorer with a level of athleticism that should translate to success at the AUS level.
Sydney Stewart is a 5'11 guard out of London, Ontario who is one of three recruits who play for the Tri-County Thunder in the Ontario Juel League. She is known as a dynamic and athletic guard who can penetrate and score, while having the ability to guard any perimeter position.
Toronto native Chante Clarke will join the Memorial roster next season after practicing with the team this semester. Clarke is a 5'8 guard who played with current Sea-Hawks Sandra Amoah and Rebecca Amo-Mensah with her club team in Toronto. She is a very athletic player who is an effective slasher and defender.
Erica Gillis is a 5'10 guard who is currently completing her senior year at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside, PEI. Gillis led Three Oaks to back-to-back provincial high school championships for the first time in school history. She is a point guard who is confident under pressure and can provide the leadership to run a team on the floor. Gillis will join former Sea-Hawk Karen Cameron as Three Oaks graduates to play for Memorial's women's basketball team.
Lindsay Taylor, a 5'6 guard from Waterloo, Ontario also plays for the Tri-Country Thunder. Taylor continues the line of solid athletes joining Memorial from the Waterloo area. She led her high school team, the Waterloo Collegiate Vikings, to a berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAAA Championship after claiming a district championship. Taylor was named MVP of the district and is regarded as one of the best three-point shooters in Ontario.
Brianna MacKeigan will come to Memorial from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia where she plays for the Glace Bay Panthers high school team. MacKeigan is a 5'10 guard who is a very good shooter and passer from the wing.
Athletic 6'2 forward Brooklyn Wright is the third member of the Waterloo Tri-County Thunder who will join Memorial next fall. Wright is wing player who can shoot from three-point range and run the floor very well. Her athleticism and length will create problems for the defences of opposing teams.
Partridge is hoping to get commitments from a couple of more recruits in the coming months but feels that the talent and athleticism of the roster additions will put his program in a good position for the future.
He said, "I am very happy with our recruiting class, we set out to increase our overall size and athleticism and have met both goals while getting excellent students and people. It marks the start of a fun new era in Sea-Hawks basketball."