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February 25, 2019 | Basketball (W)

From left, Myriam Leclerc, Caroline Task and Areej Burgonio.

Lots of star power on Stingers women's basketball team

Dynamic rookie Myriam Leclerc was a double winner when the RSEQ announced its women's basketball major awards and all-stars on Monday afternoon.

She was the conference’s Rookie of the Year and she was a first team all-star.

The guard from St. Roch de Richelieu, Que. had a significant impact on the Concordia basketball program and the RSEQ in her first season. She played all 16 games averaging 36.6 minutes of playing time. She was the leading scorer in the league with 18.8 points a game. She also led the conference in steals with 2.5. and assists with 4.6 a game.

"I am very excited for Myriam on being awarded RSEQ Rookie of the Year,” said Stingers head coach Tenicha Gittens. “Her consistent individual performance has afforded us the opportunity to be a good basketball team.

"To come in as a freshman and put up the numbers that she has put up on a weekly basis is pretty special and very deserving of the accolade. Myriam will only continue to get better as she continues to develop her game and grow as a leader."

Leclerc is the third consecutive Stinger win the conference’s outstanding rookie award. Forward Coralie Dumont (2018) and guard Caroline Task (2017) were the previous winners.

“Myriam, Coralie and Caroline are very pivotal pieces in the culture that we have built and the championships we will contend for now and in the seasons to come,' Gittens said.

Task was also honoured by the RSEQ. She was named to the first all-star team. With an average of 15.6 points a game, she was the third leading scorer in the league. She was second in steals with 2.1. The Dorval, Que. native was a second-team all-star in 2018.

Finally, guard Areej Burgonio was also named to the RSEQ all-rookie team. The Toronto native played in all 16 conference games and averaged 23.7 minutes of playing time. Coming off the bench, she averaged 4.1 points and 2.5 assists a game.

You can catch the honorees in action this week as the Stingers face the McGill Martlets in a the RSEQ semifinals Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Concordia Gym.