Alex Kiss-Rusk from the McGill Martlets is the ArcelorMittal Dofasco U SPORTS female athlete of the week for the period ending March 12, 2017.
Kiss-Rusk, a fourth year psychology student from Beaconsfield, Que., put up 51 points and averaged 37.7 minutes over three games at the Arcelormittal Dofasco U SPORTS Women's Final 8, en route to the first national women’s basketball title in McGill history. The Martlets veteran scored back-to-back game-highs with 24 points in a 66-60 semifinal win over Carleton, followed by another 15 in the 66-55 title win over Laval. Kiss-Rusk also led in assists twice, with six in the team’s 72-62 quarterfinal win over Regina, and five in the championship match. Aside from her offensive prowess, in every game of the tournament she also held the game-high in rebounds and blocks, pulling down 44 boards and registering six rejections. Her dominance on the court and on the scoresheet lead to her being named tournament MVP.
Saint Mary’s Huskies hockey player Nicole Blanche, along with track and field athletes Lucia Stafford of the Toronto Varsity Blues and Niki Oudenaarden of the Calgary Dinos were also nominated for the women’s award.
AUS: Nicole Blanche, hockey, Saint Mary’s
RSEQ: Alex Kiss-Rusk, basketball, McGill (recipient)
OUA: Lucia Stafford, track and field, Toronto
CWUAA: Niki Oudenaarden, track and field, Calgary