|The view from the Sting bench during a recent home game in November; Head Coach Craig Walker looking on.|
Thursday, December 8, 2011
By: Michael Katz, Seneca Student Sports Reporter
With this week’s latest victory in the books, the Seneca Sting’s Varsity Women’s Basketball team firmly planted themselves in sole possession of first place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association’s (OCAA) East Region.
The Sting Women’s squad romped the Georgian Grizzlies by a score of 74-37 on Wednesday, improving their record to a league best 8-0 record on the season. At the midway point of the campaign and with the Holiday Break in their midst, the Sting have plenty of reason to feel festive heading into the New Year.
The Sting are the best defensive team in the OCAA having given up only 317 points in their eight games this season. By stark contrast, Seneca (619 points-for) is second in scoring behind the Sheridan Bruins (7-2 record, 651 points-for).
This well-rounded group is getting scoring from a variety of sources including three Senecans (Tamara Nembhard – 12.6 PPG, Chanel Grellmore – 10.2 PPG, and Lauren Egglestone – 10.2 PPG) averaging double-digits points-per-game on the season. On the defensive side of the ball, Nembhard and Grellmore are each in the Top 10 in blocks while Nembhard is in the Top 20 in rebounds per game, averaging 7.6, leading the Sting.
Meanwhile, first-year Senecan Tara Minicuci is not far behind in the scoring race averaging a tidy 9.2 PPG.
The basketball squad has a unique blend of rookies and veterans in various programs throughout all four Seneca campuses. I got the opportunity to catch up with high flying sophomore Egglestone and rookie animal lover Minicuci.
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
High School: Oakville Trafalgar High School
Jersey Number: 11
Why number #11? : That’s what they had for me.
Why did you choose to come to Seneca College? : The Aviation Program
Program: Bachelor of Flight Technology
Future Profession: Pilot
What got you into flying? : Both my parents are pilots (Father: Air Canada/Mother: Recreational)
Fun with Food
Pre-Game Meal: Toast and Peanut Butter
Post-Game Meal: Grilled Cheese
Favourite Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Favourite TV Show: CSI
Favourite Movie: Lion King
Favourite Artist: Taylor Swift
Pump-Up Song: Make Me Proud – Drake
Hobbies outside of Basketball: Travelling, I’ve been to Japan, Egypt, Australia and many other places.
Early Season Success
Feelings on early season victory over rival Algonquin Thunder: Yeah! It felt good, especially because we beat Algonquin! They’re a great team.
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario
High School: Richmond Hill High School
University: Honours Degree in Kinesiology at York University
Why did you choose to come to Seneca College? : A combination of wanting to get into the Veterinary Technician Program and the King campus being so close to home.
Program: Veterinary Technician Program
What got you into caring for animals? : I love animals! And I’ve always loved caring and nurturing for them.
Are you a Dog or Cat Lover? : Definitely a Dog lover!
Pets at Home: Big dog named Max aka “Cutious Max”
Jersey Number: 22
Why number #22? : I had number 4 at York, but I didn’t want the same number at Seneca. So I decided on 22, because 2+2=4.
Fun with Food
Pre-Game Meal: Sour Snowboards
Post-Game Meal: Sandwiches (Turkey/Ham w/ Cheese)
Favourite Food: Pizza (Don’t tell Coach Walker)
Favourite TV Show: Friends/Dexter
Favourite Movie: The Grinch - I can quote the whole movie!
Favourite Musical Artist: The Band Perry
Pump-Up Song: Rain over Me – Marc Anthony
Hobbies outside of Basketball: Snowboarding/Shopping/Baking
Early Season Success
Thoughts on the 8-0 start: It feels great! I love being on a winning team!
Lauren, Tara and the rest of the Sting Women’s Basketball squad can be seen in action when you come out and support The Sting during their upcoming home games in the New Year. The Sting start-off 2012 with a bang, facing-off against rivals, Algonquin College, on Friday, January 20 at 6 p.m. at Newnham Campus Gymnasium (Building G, Sports Centre, Lower Level).