2016-17 Record: 2-14 — 5th, RSEQ | Did not qualify for playoffs
Departures – 4: Tania Garcia, Catherine Guay, Charlene Pettigrew, Elaine Potvin
Additions – 5: Sara Bazinet, Marie-Eurardine Berrouette, Jessica Dodig, Jenae Grayer, Layla Mahoubi
2017-18 Prediction: 4-12 — 5th, RSEQ | Do not qualify for postseason
Season Opener: Saturday, November 4 vs. UQAM | 6:00 pm EST
The Breakdown: The Bishop’s Gaiters have added some strong first-year potential to their roster, but in a league as small and as competitive as the RSEQ, it will be difficult to make much improvement on their season last year. The Gaiters match up well size-wise against the rest of the conference, but have an interesting combination of youth and experience, with five rookies and three graduate students on the roster. This will lead to a lot of learning for Bishop’s in a developmental year that could set them up nicely for future success.
2016-17 Record: 7-9 — 4th, RSEQ | Lost Conference Final to McGill (63-51)
Departures – 6: Richelle Gregoire, Elizabeth Khosravi, Ladonna Lamonth, Tamara Pinard-Devos, Latifah Roach, Marilyse Roy-Viau
Additions – 2: Coralie Dumont, Elise Roy
2017-18 Prediction: 9-7 — 3rd, RSEQ | Semifinal exit
Season Opener: Thursday, November 9 vs. Bishop’s | 6:00 pm EST
The Breakdown: The Stingers lost a significant number of players and only brought in two additions which leads them to a smaller roster than most, with just eight active players on the team. However, preseason action has shown their ability to score this season, led by strong performances by newcomer Coralie Dumont. Although Concordia is likely to finish this season with a winning record, their lack of depth will make it difficult for them to keep up with the likes of Laval and McGill and to advance past the semifinals of the RSEQ conference.
3Laval Rouge et Or
2016-17 Record: 14-2 — 1st, RSEQ | Lost U SPORTS National Final to McGill (66-55)
Departures – 5: Sophie Boulanger, Gabrielle Girard, Justine Guay-Bilodeau, Laurie Marchand, Oulématou Sy
Additions – 6: Djamila Amidou Triquet, Carrie-Ann Auger, Frédérique Beauchamp, Léa Dominique, Naomi Lavallée, Kim Létang
2017-18 Prediction: 12-4 — 2nd, RSEQ | U SPORTS Final 8
Season Opener: Saturday, November 4 at McGill | 4:00 pm EST
The Breakdown: The Laval Rouge et Or were the dominant team in last year’s regular season play, but lost in their conference semifinal leading them down the wild-card route to the Final 8. After losing to McGill in the U SPORTS Final, the Rouge et Or will be returning with a vengeance, while maintaining a number of their key players who were integral to their success last season. Laval and McGill will stay atop the RSEQ this year, with All-Canadian Jane Gagné leading their fast-paced, high volume shooting offence.
2016-17 Record: 9-7 — 2nd, RSEQ | U SPORTS Champions
Departures – 6: Marika Guerin, Frederique Laflamme, Stephanie Mondou, Sarah Naderpour, Jennifer Silver, Carissa Tapia
Additions – 6: Maggy Chabot, Charlotte Clayton, Kamsi Ogbudibe, Darnelle Noel, Kiana Scantlebury, Van-Leap Sry
2017-18 Prediction: 13-3 — 1st, RSEQ | U SPORTS Final 8
Season Opener: Saturday, November 4 vs. Laval | 4:00 pm EST
The Breakdown: The McGill Martlets had a strong postseason push last season, putting the cherry on top by winning their first national championship. The tournament MVP, Alex Kiss-Rusk returns for a fifth season with the Martlets and after a summer with Canada’s Development Women’s National Team, you can expect her to continue to dominate the RSEQ. Though McGill has a high roster turnover this season, they have kept a number of their core pieces in place, including Kiss-Rusk, Gladys Hakizimana, Geraldine Cabillo-Abante and Frederique Potvin, all of whom have experience playing in — and winning — the biggest game of all. The Martlets will have a target on their back all season and may struggle with a lack of depth at the post position, but it would be a surprise to see them finish anywhere but atop the RSEQ.
2016-17 Record: 8-8 — 3rd, RSEQ | Lost Conference Semi-Final to McGill (51-48)
Departures – 5: Quételine Céléstin, Manon Coquelin, Bianca Marois, Marie-Eve Mercier, Claudia Riel
Additions – 5: Inga Aleksaite, Audrey Méthot, Jacqueline Reine Fouda, Stephanie Robichaud, Raphaëlle Roy-Ash
2017-18 Prediction: 6-10 — 4th, RSEQ | Semifinal exit
Season Opener: Saturday, November 4 at Bishop’s | 6:00 pm EST
The Breakdown: UQAM lost some key pieces of their team this year, but have retained the services of their leading scorer and rebounder from last year in Jessica Lubin. Not to mention the addition of their 28-year-old, 6’4 centre, Inga Aleksaite. Lubin will be able to lead the team through some of their more difficult games, but will need the support of her teammates to finish with a winning percentage on the season. She missed four of the Citadins’ preseason games, which allowed other players on the roster to step up in her absence. Most notable was Sarah Cabana, who picked up her scoring performance and continued this contribution upon Lubin’s return. If UQAM can continue this distributed scoring and increase their assists to make up for the departure of Quételine Céléstin they will be in better position to succeed in the 2017-18 season.