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March 6, 2019 | Basketball (W)

The star guard won three national awards at the all-Canadian gala.

Myriam Leclerc named U SPORTS Rookie of the Year

Concordia Stingers first-year guard Myriam Leclerc walked away with three honours from the U SPORTS women's basketball all-Canadian gala in Toronto tonight.

With her team in attendance and cheering her on, Leclerc captured the Kathy Shields Award as U SPORTS Rookie of the Year, she was named a second team all-Canadian and she was also a member of the all-rookie team.

Leclerc, a five-foot-10 guard from St. Roch de Richelieu, Que. had a significant impact on the Concordia basketball program and the RSEQ in her first season. The 21-year-old, played all 16 games averaging 36.6 minutes of playing time. She was the leading scorer in the league with 18.8 points per game and led the conference in steals with 2.5 and assists with 4.6 a game.

As a member of the Cégep de Saint-Foy Dynamiques in 2017-18, the Accounting major was one of the top players in Quebec. She was a college all-star who averaged 19.1 points a game.

In 2017, Leclerc was one of 24 athletes invited to Canada’s U19 national team tryouts. She was a member of Team Quebec’s U15 program in 2012 and 2013. Leclerc also represented Quebec at the U17 level in 2014 and 2015.

“To come in as a freshman and put up the numbers that she has put up on a weekly basis is pretty special and she is very deserving of the accolade,” said Concordia head coach Tenicha Gittens.”

“Myriam is the floor general, dime dropper, shooting guard, bucket getter. She sees the floor well. She shoots the ball well. She dishes the ball well. She can give it to you a number of ways offensively. When she really digs deep she is a pretty good defender as well.

“She plays with such confidence and poise. She settles everyone down and really runs the show.”

Leclerc is only the second Concordia women’s basketball player to earn a national award. In 2005, M.J. Raposo won the Sylvia Sweeny Award, which is presented annually in recognition of commitment to community service initiatives.

Leclerc and the Stingers earned a wildcard berth to compete in the national championship hosted by Ryerson University tomorrow through Sunday. They open with a quarterfinal game versus the McMaster Marauders tomorrow at noon.

The games will be streamed at  https://usports.live

You can get updates on Twitter from @the_stingers and @USPORTS_Bball

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