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Charlottetown’s Jenna Mae Ellsworth named AUS rookie of the year

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HALIFAX, N.S, – Jenna Mae Ellsworth hadn’t even been born the last time a UPEI Panther won the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s basketball rookie of the year award.

She was recognized Thursday as being the conference’s top rookie, becoming the first Panther to win the award since Paula Edwards won in 1984-85.

“It’s a real honour for our program. I think Jenna Mae without question was the outstanding rookie in the conference. Her stats speak for themselves,” head coach Greg Gould said. “What her stats don't speak for is her character, her desire to win and the toughness that she shows every single day in practice and in every game.”

The five-foot-10 point guard from Charlottetown made the transition from a Colonel Gray Colonel to a UPEI Panther look easy.

Gould called her unselfish, humble and a great team player.

Ellsworth, who was also named a second team all-star, led the conference in minutes per game (35.9), tied for first in assists per game (3.3), second in steals (50), fifth in points per game (14.1) and field-goal percentage (43.7), sixth in free-throw percentage (76), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and ninth in blocks (11).

She had to quickly pick up the game at the university level after spending the fall starting for the Panthers women’s soccer team.

Some of the recent winners of the award include Alison Keough and Colleen Keane from the Cape Breton Capers, St. FX’s Vanessa Pickard and Justine Colley, the Saint Mary’s Huskies great and this year’s honorary chairwoman of the AUS women’s basketball championship.

Keough, a fourth-year forward, was named the conference’s MVP on Thursday.

Ellsworth was joined on the all-rookie team by teammate Karla Yepez. The Ecuador guard averaged 8.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while starting all 20 UPEI games.

“We had some great rookie players, and normally people don't vote for three people from the same team,” Gould said. “I think we could have had three . . . . That's how excited we are about our rookie class.”

The Panthers start their AUS playoffs today in Halifax against the Acadia Axewomen at 1 p.m. The winner plays top-ranked Saint Mary’s in Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal. The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.

UPEI finished fourth in the conference while Acadia was fifth. The teams, which both finished with 11-9 records, split two games with each team winning at home. Acadia won by three points and UPEI by four.

Panthers guard Tyler Scott was named to the men’s second team all-star squad.

He was a first team all-conference and second team all-Canadian his two previous seasons with the Panthers.

She was recognized Thursday as being the conference’s top rookie, becoming the first Panther to win the award since Paula Edwards won in 1984-85.

“It’s a real honour for our program. I think Jenna Mae without question was the outstanding rookie in the conference. Her stats speak for themselves,” head coach Greg Gould said. “What her stats don't speak for is her character, her desire to win and the toughness that she shows every single day in practice and in every game.”

The five-foot-10 point guard from Charlottetown made the transition from a Colonel Gray Colonel to a UPEI Panther look easy.

Gould called her unselfish, humble and a great team player.

Ellsworth, who was also named a second team all-star, led the conference in minutes per game (35.9), tied for first in assists per game (3.3), second in steals (50), fifth in points per game (14.1) and field-goal percentage (43.7), sixth in free-throw percentage (76), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and ninth in blocks (11).

She had to quickly pick up the game at the university level after spending the fall starting for the Panthers women’s soccer team.

Some of the recent winners of the award include Alison Keough and Colleen Keane from the Cape Breton Capers, St. FX’s Vanessa Pickard and Justine Colley, the Saint Mary’s Huskies great and this year’s honorary chairwoman of the AUS women’s basketball championship.

Keough, a fourth-year forward, was named the conference’s MVP on Thursday.

Ellsworth was joined on the all-rookie team by teammate Karla Yepez. The Ecuador guard averaged 8.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while starting all 20 UPEI games.

“We had some great rookie players, and normally people don't vote for three people from the same team,” Gould said. “I think we could have had three . . . . That's how excited we are about our rookie class.”

The Panthers start their AUS playoffs today in Halifax against the Acadia Axewomen at 1 p.m. The winner plays top-ranked Saint Mary’s in Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal. The championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.

UPEI finished fourth in the conference while Acadia was fifth. The teams, which both finished with 11-9 records, split two games with each team winning at home. Acadia won by three points and UPEI by four.

Panthers guard Tyler Scott was named to the men’s second team all-star squad.

He was a first team all-conference and second team all-Canadian his two previous seasons with the Panthers.

UPEI Panthers guard Karla Yepez, left, celebrates with teammate Jenna Mae Ellsworth after Ellsworth nailed a late shot in Saturday's victory over Memorial.

All-stars

A look at the Atlantic University Sport basketball all-star and all-rookie teams:

Women

First team all-stars:

Alison Keough, Cape Breton.

Paloma Anderson, Acadia.

Angelina Carvery, Saint Mary’s.

Laura Kaye, UNB.

Sydney Stewart, Memorial. 

Second team all-stars:

Jenna Mae Ellsworth, UPEI.

Kennisha-Shanice Luberisse, Saint Mary’s.

Hannah Currie, UNB.

Chanel Smith, Acadia.

Colleen Keane, Cape Breton.

All-rookie team:

Jenna Mae Ellsworth, UPEI.

Mikaela Dodig, UNB.

Robertha Charles, Dalhousie.

Jasmine Cain, Saint Mary’s.

Karla Yepez, UPEI.

Men

First team all-stars:

Kevin Bercy, St. FX.


Javon Masters, UNB.


Ritchie Kanza Mata, Dalhousie.


Marquis Clayton, Saint Mary’s.

Kashrell Lawrence, Dalhousie.



Second team all-stars:

Erik Nissen, Acadia.

Vasilije Curcic, Memorial.


Tyler Scott, UPEI.

Ben Miller, Acadia.

Brian Rouse, Saint Mary’s.

All-rookie team:

Jamaal Potopsingh, UNB.

Justin Andrew, St. FX

Chris Spurrell, UNB.

Nathan Barker, Memorial.

Kordeiro James, Saint Mary’s.

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