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THROWBACK THURSDAY: PAIR OF UPSETS NET 2011-12 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROVINCIAL BRONZE

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Led by a balanced scoring attack that saw six Huskies eclipse seven points per game, George Brown’s Women’s Basketball team capped a memorable 2011-12 season with programs second ever OCAA bronze medal, in addition to five championships and two runner-up finishes since 1974.

The duo of Aria Charles and Shaniqua Wilson led the Huskies to an 11-5 regular season record, good for third in the Eastern Division. The pair combined to average 19.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and over four steals a night. Guard Angel Mbikay, who would become the program's all-time leading scorer in 2017, had herself a solid rookie season, averaging 7.7 points on 50% shooting from beyond the arc.

The Huskies rolled past Lambton in their provincial qualifier, and opened the championship with a 58-52 quarter-final win over Algoma. After falling to the eventual gold medallist Algonquin Thunder, George Brown pulled off an incredible 60-57 win over the favoured Sheridan Bruins to earn the right to play for a medal. Rookie Aindrea Barrett finished with a double-double against the Bruins, while Toronto native Kristina Lane had 10 points and seven boards on fifty percent shooting from the field.

That win set up a bronze medal matchup with the 16-2 Fanshawe Falcons, a team that won nine of their final ten regular season games and earned the Western Division crown. All tied up after a hard fought forty minutes, George Brown headed to overtime in search of the program's first provincial medal since 1990.

Second-year guard Kristina Lane came through down the stretch, hitting the go-ahead layup with under a minute remaining, a lead George Brown would not relinquish. The score read 50-45 at the final buzzer, earning the Huskies their ninth-ever provincial medal.                                                                               

For a full recap of the Huskies 2011-12 season please visit http://www.ocaa.com/sports/wbkb/2011-12/schedule?teamId=nxfh64qf3ooq1js1.

Tryouts for the 2017-18 Huskies Women’s Basketball team begin in early September at Casa Loma’s newly renovated gymnasium. If interested in attending, please contact Athletics Coordinator Mark Couch at mark.couch@georgebrown.ca.

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