Mar 08, 2013
Fowler, a fifth-year guard in playing in her third year of eligibility from Moncton, N.B., is the 2012-13 Atlantic University Sport nominee for the Tracy MacLeod Award.
This award rewards a women's basketball player who demonstrates determination, perseverance and unwavering spirit to continue playing the game of basketball and is the AUS nominee for the CIS Sylvia Sweeney Award.
It is very impressive that Laura even stepped onto the court this season, let alone played in 20 games, including 10 regular season contests.
In her first season, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee in mid-November, which ended her season prematurely. After battling back through setbacks to play a relatively healthy and productive second and third season with the Varsity Reds, she tore the ACL in her left knee in the summer prior to her fourth season, forcing her to the sidelines for another full year.
This season, she has battled through a stress fracture in her right ankle as well as a concussion to start in nine of the 10 regular season games she appeared in. Laura averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, shooting 31.4 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from three-point range.
“Laura is one of the toughest student-athletes I have ever coached; both mentally and physically,” says UNB head coach Jeff Speedy. “She has made the best of a very difficult few years. She is a leader and no one works harder on the court than she does. Being the Tracey MacLeod Award nominee for the AUS is a great honour for Laura and is well deserved.”