Rookie Sparks courts success

With a new coach, and seven of the team’s 15 members being rookies—it’s a good thing the rookies include star players like forward Caitlin Sparks.

The 19 year-old graduate of Ashbury College in Ottawa is half-way through her first year of a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree, majoring in English.

So far, she says the classroom transition has been a bit more challenging than the one on the court—a statement easily supported by the number of points she has scored so far this season. Among the Ravens, as of January 14, she was the highest scoring rookie in league play with 68 points in ten games—including a 21-point game and career high in the team’s victory over Wilfrid Laurier University on January 9, 2004. The accomplishment earned her the award for Ottawa Senators/Carleton Ravens Athlete of the Week for the week ending January 11.

“I grew up coming to Carleton,” says Sparks. “This always felt like my home court.”

But comfort isn’t the only thing contributing to Sparks’s success. “She is very coachable,” says Head Coach Christie Lauzon. “She is a smart, controlled player,” notes Lauzon, adding how she can see a lot of herself in how Sparks carries herself on the court.

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