On Thursday, March 2, Capers Athlete Alison Keough was named the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Women’s Basketball Most Valuable Player for the 2016-2017 season. The six-foot-one forward received the recognition during the annual AUS Basketball Championship Awards Banquet in Halifax. Alison is the fourth player from the Capers to be named MVP and the first since 2011-2012, when it was awarded to Cassie Cooke.
“I feel humbled by receiving this award and appreciate the support of the coaches in the AUS who voted for me,” says Alison. “I would not have won this award without the play of my teammates who make it look like I know what I am doing out there.”
The Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Fabian MacKenzie, attributes Alison’s recognition to her overall well-rounded skill set on the court. “Alison has been an absolute pleasure to coach in her time here,” says Fabian. “She is a very good athlete at 6’1 and can play around the basket as well as on the perimeter…and is totally dedicated to her teammates and pushing the whole team to win. This combination of traits she has does not come around often and I have enjoyed working with her immensely.”
The Marion Bridge native also won the AUS and CIS Rookie of the Year awards in the 2013-2014 season. Since then, Coach MacKenzie says she has grown both off and on the court. “On court she has become a better ball handler, better defender and a more consistent scorer. Off the court she has developed into a fantastic leader within our team and the community.”
Alison, a fourth-year business and science student, led the AUS conference in rebounding this season, averaging 9.9 rebounds per game. Her 7.4 defensive rebounds per game were the third most in U Sports. This season, she was also the Capers’ leading scorer, averaging 19.3 points per game (gocapersgo.ca).
Also named an AUS first team all-star for the third consecutive year, Alison’s skills on the court are not all that she’s known for. “Off the court Alison may be the best young lady I have ever been around,” Says Fabian. “She’s incredible in the classroom and phenomenal ambassador in the community. Alison has a tremendous moral compass and makes sure that everyone is doing everything they can to represent our program, CBU and Cape Breton Island in a first class manner.”
Alison and the Capers Women’s Basketball team hit the court for the AUS Women’s Basketball Championship this weekend in Halifax, taking on Memorial at 3pm Friday. View the schedule and watch the live stream to cheer on our Capers here.