By Jackie Mcgale
Basketball and soccer player Ashley Keohan was presented with a bouquet of flowers prior to the women’s season-opening basketball game against Waterloo, on Friday.
The flowers were to honour Keohan’s reception of Ryerson’s new Female Athlete and Scholar Award.
For the past two years Keohan has successfully juggled basketball, soccer, a job, and school.
“It’s totally a great honour,” says the five-foot-seven guard. Keohan played ball since her first year as a Ram, but decided to go back to her soccer roots last year, and started on both squads.
The fourth-year business management and marketing student will formally be presented with the award at the Metro Convention Centre on Nov. 20.
“She is one of the most incredible people I’ve ever known, on and off the court,” said Stephanie Hart who has been Keohan’s teammate for the past three years. Hart feels Keohan is a leader on the court with her discipline and passion.
“I take my hat off to her. I don’t know how she’s done it,” said head coach Sandy Pothier.
Pothier feels this award is well-deserved as Keohan has made sacrifices.
“I know if she didn’t have so much on her plate, she’d have a higher GPA,” said Pothier.
Keohan hopes that the award becomes annual.
“It’s a really good cause and event for women.”
Unfortunately the season opener was blemished when Rams forward Amanda Redhead broke her arm with less than five minutes in the game.
The women’s basketball team beat Waterloo 7-61. Keohan scored 19 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed out five assists. On Sunday they also beat Waterloo 70-55.