GOT GAME. This week’s Purple Pipe winner is women’s
basketball star Rebecca McColl. She dominated a pair of weekend
games in Toronto against Ryerson and Toronto, and was an
easy choice as winner.
Rebecca McColl is on a McRoll — she’s this week’s
Purple Pipe winner.
McColl led the Mustangs to two victories this past weekend, grabbing
23 points Friday night against Ryerson University, only to best
herself with 25 the next night against the University of Toronto
Varsity Blues. She scored 13 more against McMaster University on
The 21-year-old McColl is in her third year at Western. Hailing
from Hamilton, she is currently enrolled in her second year of
social science. The forward is averaging 14.3 points per game,
a mark which places her 11th overall in Ontario.
The women’s basketball team has a 10-3 record, placing them
in first place atop the Ontario University Athletics West Division.
Their next closest competition is Brock University, four points
behind at 8-5.
“She is unbelievable,” said head coach Mike Milne
of McColl after Wednesday’s game against McMaster. “She
is arguably the best player in Ontario. She dominated last weekend.”
McColl has been a leading scorer for the Mustangs all season long,
and coupled with her defensive ability and role as a team leader,
she was a natural choice as this week’s recipient of the
Jock Talk with hoop star Rebecca McColl
When did you start playing basketball?
I guess I started playing competitive basketball when I was in
Grade 4. And I’ve also been playing with Alana [Juzenas]
and Julie [Lamparski] since Grade 4. I got started because
of my big sister; she started playing and I followed.
What does it take to be a varsity basketball player?
It’s a big time commitment and you need to have [good] time
management. It takes a lot of dedication because you have to maintain
your academics too.
What’s your favourite basketball
I don’t really know, can you name some?
Hoosiers... He Got Game... Air Bud... Eddie.
Actually, I’d have to say Love & Basketball. It’s
predictable, but I think if you asked most females, they’d
say Love & Basketball. (At this point, teammate Alana Juzenas
McColl: Hey Alana, what’s your favourite basketball movie?
Juzenas: Hoosiers or Pistol Pete
McColl: Can I change my answer to Hoosiers? I like it because of
the motivation it gives you.
Where do you hope to go with basketball?
Is it just something to do while you’re in school?
Yeah. I don’t look into the future too much. I just try to
have fun. That’s the key. There’s no point in playing
something if you’re not having fun.
What’s your opinion of the
Would it be bad to say I don’t like it?
Not at all.
OK, I’m not a fan of it. I don’t really watch it. When
it first started, I think it was good because it helped the game
to grow, but now it’s just really declining.
Since you’re from Hamilton, do you feel any kind of rivalry
when you’re playing against McMaster University?
Yeah, of course. I know a lot of the Mac girls and we play pick
up together in the summer. It’s fun because it’s a
battle on the court, but we’re all smiles off the court.