PHOTO: MARIE-FRANCE COALLIER
Former McGill basketball star Tina Fasone (left), hockey player Reg Sinclair and swimmer Pauline McCullagh check out the plaques at the university's Sports Hall of Fame after being inducted into the Hall.

Fasone recalls record
Cracked martlets' scoring mark in 1991. Former basketball
star among inductees into McGill's Sports Hall of Fame


RANDY PHILLIPS, The Gazette
Originally published Friday, October 17, 2003

Some of the best moments in an individual's life come as a student-athlete and for former McGill Martlets star Tina Fasone, hers came on Feb. 9, 1991.

Less than four minutes into the second half of a women's basketball game against the Bishop's Gaiters, Fasone stole the ball, raced the length of the court and made an uncontested, left-handed layup.

The play was typical of Fasone's style, but it was special that night because the fifth-year guard - scoring her 12th and 13th points in the game - became the Martlets' all-time leading scorer with 2,020 points, one point more than former record-holder Annie Constantinades.

"Breaking the record and having Al Silverman present the plaque to me is definitely my fondest memory," said Fasone, referring to a ceremony that took place at centre court with play halted for five minutes. She was given flowers by her mother and was handed the game ball, as well as receiving a silver plaque from Silverman, Fasone's biggest supporter and a huge fan of local college basketball, who died a few years ago.

Fasone, a 36-year-old Montreal native, was back in the spotlight at the university yesterday as one of six persons and one team inducted into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.

Among those joining her were Montrealer Pauline McCullagh, a former conference champion in synchronized swimming, diving and freestyle swimming, who was the first woman to win the Sprenger Memorial Trophy for "true amateur sportsmanship" in aquatics in 1959.

Reg Sinclair, a native of Lachine who lives in East Riverside, N.B., is a former captain of the Redmen hockey team who was MVP of the Quebec Senior Intercollegiate Hockey League in 1948-49 before playing three seasons in the National Hockey League with New York and Detroit.

Inducted posthumously were: George Maughan, a native of Toronto and two-time heavyweight boxing champion who was the first McGill athlete to serve as flag-bearer for Canada in the 1932 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles. Maughan also competed in football, swimming, water polo and track; and Montrealers Robert (Boo) Anderson, the first Canadian to throw a forward pass in a university football game; and Bob Murray, a member of the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame who led McGill to three intercollegiate tennis titles from 1934 to 1936, was ranked No. 1 in Canada in 1937, played at Wimbledon twice and was a member of Canada's Davis Cup team in 1938.

The 1971-72 Redmen swim team that won the Quebec and Canadian university championships under coach Fouad Kamal also was enshrined.

Fasone, who graduated with a science degree in 1991, earned second-team all-Canadian honours as a point-guard with the Martlets in 1989 and 1991. She held the record for most points in a career with 2,120 in 164 games until all-Canadian Vicky Tessier broke the mark in 1997.

In the historic game against Bishop's, she finished with 27 points in a 70-67 McGill victory.

"We won the provincial championship in my second year in 1987-88 and went to the nationals, that's also definitely a big memory," said Fasone, who attended yesterday's induction luncheon with her parents, two sisters, her boyfriend and former teammate Beth Armstrong.

A team captain, Fasone three times was named team MVP, led the Martlets in scoring in each of her last three seasons and led the Quebec league in scoring in 1989-90, averaging 16.7 points a game.

Fasone, who coached the Quebec provincial team to the gold medal at the Canadian junior national championship in 1999, is a planning manager for Wyeth Canada, a St. Laurent-based pharmaceutical company. She's also been an assistant coach at Vanier College since 1991.

"In some respects, McGill seems like a long time ago, but I think I'm young at heart, young in mind and spirit," said Fasone. "Coaching at Vanier keeps me grounded in terms of age and time period.

"I keep getting older, but the players keep coming in at the same age.

"It's nice to be still active in the sport," she added.

rphillips@thegazette.canwest.com