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5Bishop’s Gaiters

Photo: Valerie Wutti

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.

4Concordia Stingers

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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

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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.

2McGill Martlets

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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.

1UQAM Citadins

Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj

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.

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Jaime Hills
Jaime Hills is one of CUSN's women's basketball writers hails. She hails from North Vancouver, and prides herself on her West Coast-inspired way of life, which often finds its way into her writing. Jaime can be found either playing, talking, or writing about basketball and has aspirations of following in the footsteps of Doris Burke. Jaime was the colour commentator for Sportsnet at the 2017 Women's Basketball Final 8, and served as a host at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg. Along with her CUSN duties, Jaime is an on-air personality and production coordinator for Rams Live.


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