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George Brown’s Women’s Basketball program is pleased to announce the additions of Taishawna Bent, Ashley McDonald and Shyanna Watson for the 2017-18 season.

The trio will join a Huskies team that includes All-Rookie team member Kiyann Grimaldo (13.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and All-Star Tianna Sullivan (20.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg) to form the nucleus of what looks to be an athletic, up-and-coming group. Over the second half of the 2015-16 season George Brown showed flashes of an exciting future, including two wins in their final three games and a near-win over powerhouse St. Lawrence on the road to close the year.

The Huskies ranked first in Ontario in both free throws attempted and converted last year, attacking the rim with the provinces best. These three figure to play an outsized role in George Brown continuing their ascendance among the OCAA's best at getting to the basket.


Taishawna Bent, a Mississauga native, is a 5’8” shooting guard and has enrolled in the culinary program. She sees herself bringing effort on both ends of the court.

“Working hard, contributing to the team and developing my game at the collegiate level is my focus. I want to bring my athleticism to the table on both sides of the ball,” said Bent. “I also chose to study at George Brown because of the culinary program's strong reputation.”

Second-year Head Coach Warren Williams is excited about what she brings to the Huskies. “Tai will be a tremendous addition to the George Brown family.  Her high skill level coupled with her commitment to improving will make her a valuable member of our program,” said Williams. “Her athleticism and length will add a welcome dimension to our playing identity.  Tai's outstanding character will only help solidify our family first culture."


Ashley McDonald is a 5’9” combo guard from Mississauga, playing her high school ball at St. Francis Xavier where she won Most Improved Player. She has enrolled in the pre-health program.

“I am going to look to bring energy and intensity both on and off the court, taking on a leadership role. I will look to become a great play-maker to help give my team in any way that I can,” said McDonald. “I’ve also heard from many people that this school has good teachers and facilities for the career path that I am working towards.”

“Ashley's versatility on both ends translate to her being a difficult matchup on the offensive end and a highly disruptive player on the defensive end.  Her length and basketball IQ combined with excellent athletic ability should result in her being an impact player in our league,” added Williams. “Her level-headed demeanor is a valued asset necessary for a player who we project as a key contributor to our program in the near future."


The third addition is 5’7” small forward Shyanna Watson, hailing from Brampton and having played club ball for Team Breakdown.

“I feel as though George Brown saw the potential in me from day one,” said Watson. “I am planning on pushing myself, my teammates and coaches to work as hard as we can together, and exceed expectations as a family.”

"Shyanna is an athlete with great upside.  She demonstrates terrific energy on the defensive end and great effort finishing around the basket,” said Williams. “She is a perfect compliment to our style.  Her willingness to try and learn new things will be a welcome attribute to a culture we have already started to establish at George Brown."

Training camp begins in September for the Huskies Women’s Basketball team, and it is already shaping up to be an exciting 2017-18 campaign.