(WINDSOR, ON) – Lancers head coach Chantal Vallée has announced the commitment of three standout recruits to the women’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season. Niagara natives Jenneke Pilling and Erin Kenny join the Lancers from the JUEL leagues Niagara JUEL, while Olivia Osamusali comes to the team from the Brampton Bounce.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to add these three outstanding women and athletes to our team,” said Vallée. “Each of them will bring a unique dimension to our veteran squad, filling the critical positons of scoring guards, small forward and post play will go a long way for the program as Cheyanne Roger and Emily Prevost will be entering their 5th and final year.”
After bring named a league all-star in 2014-15, Pilling averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals per game this season with Niagara. With Eden High School, the 5’ 9” guard led her squad in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals en route to a silver medal at the OSFAA championships.
“My main goal at Windsor is to be a good teammate. My family has taught me that everything else flows out of this principle, and I plan on accomplishing this by working hard every practice, and by pushing and supporting my teammates every day,” said Pilling. “I can’t wait to join a winning tradition and to challenge myself against some of the best players in the country.”
Niagara teammate Kenny, a 6’ 0” forward with Denis Morris High School, was named MVP of the Niagara all-star game in 2016-17 as well as a second team all-star at the Welland Tribune basketball tournament.
A top student-athlete, the St Catharines native was awarded the Academic, Athletic Achievement award in 2015-16 in addition to being presented with the Kristen French Memorial Award in 2015, which is presented to a grade ten student with first class honours and also demonstrates exemplary school spirit and leadership.
“I am excited to be part of a university, team and community that will not only better me as a player but as a person as well,” commented Kenny. “One my visit to the University, the professors, the staff and athletes that I met were very welcoming and enthusiastic about me joining not only the team, but also my academic program as well.”
A native of Brampton, Olivia Osamusali has spent the past two season with the Brampton Bounce following a stint with the Toronto Lords, where she was named defensive player of the year in 2015. A 6’ 4” guard with Cardinal Ambrozic Secondary School, Osamusali has been named the girls basketball MVP for three consecutive years with the chance to repeat this season.
“From the minute that I stepped onto the Windsor campus, saw the atmosphere, felt the passion and fire for the game, and met the kind hearted and lovely people there, I knew there was no other place I’d rather spend the next five years of my life,” said Osamusali.