THUNDER BAY, ON – With the new season quickly approaching the Women’s Basketball Team made some last minute additions to shore up its perimeter play. 5’7” Guard Kelsey Bardsley and 5’6” Guard Carolyn Fragale have committed to the Thunderwolves. Both players will be key contributors for this year as they join recruits Erika French, Alex Riddle, Karen Sawchuk and Laura Cooper for the 2011-2012 season.
Kelsey Bardsley (Manchester, England) is transferring from Division 1 Panola Junior College of Texas. Kelsey was an Academic All-American attaining a 3.42 GPA and was a starter for two years. Kelsey has played in over 50 International games as a member of England’s U16 & U18 team and she also played for Great Britain’s U20 National team that won bronze at the 2007 European Championships held in Lithuania.
Kelsey was picked up by the top club team in England the Manchester Mystics. In 2009 Kelsey led her senior team to the division 1 Championship and was named MVP. Kelsey was a member of many Final Four national championship teams with the Manchester Mystics (u14 champions 2003, 2004, 2005. U16 champions 2005, 2006, 2007 M.V.P under 16’s 2007).
Coach Kreiner states, “Kelsey brings an understanding of the international game. She is a great fit for our team as she can play the point or off guard positions. Kelsey is a team first player and has a great outside shot, can attack the basket left and right, is a tremendous passer and is a solid defensive player”.
Kelsey Bardsley shares, “Making the decision to become a Thunderwolf was easy for me. The coaching staff have the pedigree required for success. The basketball program is very much established with quality players willing to give everything for the team. Teamwork means everything to me. Lakehead is all about teamwork, on the athletic field of play, in the classroom and in the community. To become a Thunderwolf and have the opportunity to be part of this fantastic family excites me. The combination of a quality basketball program coupled with the opportunity for me to gain a degree in my chosen subject makes Lakehead such a perfect fit, it was meant to be! I will work hard to succeed on the court and in the classroom.”
Carolyn Fragale (Thunder Bay, ON) is transferring in from Algoma University (of the O.C.A.A.). This past year Carolyn attained an 86% average and will continue her studies in Honours Psychology. Carolyn was a member of the Thunderwolves in 2007-2008. She took her game to the College level where she honed her skills and became one of the top players in the O.C.A.A.
Last year Carolyn was an O.C.A.A. first team Allstar, Team MVP, Captain and had the highest academic average on her team. A tri-sport athlete at Algoma (Basketball, Soccer & Curling) Carolyn was honoured as Algoma’s Athlete of the Year in 2011. Overall Carolyn averaged 17 points per game to go along with over 6 assists per game.
Coach Kreiner is enthusiastic over Carolyn. “Carolyn is a fierce competitor and a driven student-athlete. She has come so far the last four years and it was time for her to take her game to new heights. Carolyn will succeed with this new challenge because she has worked hard on her game. She loves basketball and Carolyn brings high, positive energy in everything she does. Carolyn is very quick, strong and smart, understands how to play the game and has the athleticism to be a great CIS player. Carolyn will add much to our defense and provide scoring and playmaking to our young squad”.
Carolyn Fragale commenting on her decision to play her last two years at Lakehead shared, “Coming from the college league, I am looking forward to facing the challenge of playing at a higher, more competitive level. I’m excited to play and work hard with my new basketball family and to play in front of my hometown and family”.
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