Women’s Basketball Preview: “Effort is Non-Negotiable”

Stingers Have New Coach, But How Will They Fare Without Star Player?

  • The winds of change have passed through many a Concordia Stingers team, and the women’s basketball squad is no exception as they move on from a former superstar with a new coach. Photo Shaun Michaud

  • The winds of change have passed through many a Concordia Stingers team, and the women’s basketball squad is no exception as they move on from former superstar, Kaylah Barrett, and with a new coach. Photo Julian McKenzie

The winds of change have passed through many a Concordia Stingers team, and the women’s basketball squad is no exception.

Their most notable departure is fifth-year star, Kaylah Barrett. Throughout her Stinger career, she has won two conference MVP titles, was named an All-Canadian three times and even won Defensive Player of the RSEQ in 2011.

But the Stingers have made additions as well. The team recently brought in shooting guard and two-time RSEQ all-star Marie-Eve Martin, formerly of McGill University.

Finally, former head coach Keith Pruden has moved on from the team, and in his place is Tenicha Gittens, who has spent time coaching in the United States as well as McGill University before coming to Concordia.

Gittens expects her players to work “their asses off” for the upcoming season.

“Effort is non-negotiable, it’s expected,” said Gittens. If [the players] do what they have to do individually, I’m going to prepare [them]; the staff is going to prepare [them].”

The Stingers will play their first league game on Nov.7 at home against the UQAM Citadins.

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