Canada West Communications
NEW WESTMINSTER – Rugby standout Emily Tuttosi and basketball star Shane Osayande are the Canada West first stars of the week for the period ending Sunday, November 6.
Tuttosi is the Canada West Female First Star of the Week after helping lead the Calgary Dinos to the program’s first national medal this past weekend, as the Dinos earned bronze with a Sunday win over Guelph.
On the men’s side, Saskatchewan’s Osayande was the top male performer this past weekend, registering a pair of double-doubles during the opening weekend of the conference basketball schedule.
Osayande combined for 48 points and 31 rebounds against Fraser Valley, as the Huskies split their first series of the season.
Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Hannah Haughn (female second star), Calgary’s Thomas Cooper (male second star), TWU’s Tessa Ratzlaff (female third star), and Alberta’s Connor James (male third star).
Female first star – Emily Tuttosi
Calgary Dinos rugby
Game log: Thursday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 6 – two tries in three games at the national tournament, named tournament all-star.
The University of Calgary Dinos women’s rugby team’s record-breaking season came to a close over the weekend when they finished with a bronze medal at the U Sports Women’s Rugby Championship in Victoria, B.C.
In the team’s first-ever appearance on the national stage, captain Emily Tuttosi scored two tries in three games and was named a U Sports All-Canadian for the first time in her four-year career.
At the end of the weekend, Tuttosi was only one of two Dinos to be named a U Sports Tournament All-Star, following Calgary’s 24-12 win over Guelph in the bronze medal game.
Tuttosi was key for Calgary all season long, as she helped the Dinos claim their first Canada West conference title and bronze in their first-ever trip to the national tournament.
Male first star – Shane Osayande
Saskatchewan Huskies basketball
Arts & Science
Game log: Friday, Nov. 4 – 18 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 59-50L @ UFV / Saturday, Nov. 5 – 30 points, 18 rebounds, two assists in 78-62W @ UFV.
Fourth-year University of Saskatchewan forward Shane Osayande recorded two double-doubles in a weekend split with the UFV Cascades to open the Canada West men’s basketball season.
The Toronto product scored 18 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes in a 59-50 loss on Friday night. A night later in a 78-62 win, the Arts & Science student tallied 30 points and 18 rebounds in 34 minutes. He also added four assists and four steals in the weekend series.
The Huskies return home to host the Winnipeg Wesment on November 11-12.
Female second star – Hannah Haughn
UBC Thunderbirds field hockey
North Vancouver, B.C.
Game log: Thursday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 6 – one goal in four games at national tournament, tournament MVP.
UBC’s Hannah Haughn capped off a remarkable university career on the weekend at the CIS-Field Hockey Canada Women’s Field Hockey Championship in Toronto.
She won the tournament’s Most Valuable Player honour after leading the Thunderbirds to their sixth straight McCrae Cup national championship. Haughn was also named a championship all-star. For the second consecutive year, UBC defeated Victoria in a shootout in the national final on Sunday.
Haughn’s speed, toughness, resilience on the field had a huge influence throughout UBC’s four games at the championship, and was the target of opposing defences trying to shut her down. She scored against Guelph in round robin play.
With UBC’s win over Victoria, Haughn and teammate Gabby Jayme are just the second and third CIS athletes to ever win five women’s field hockey national titles.
Male second star – Thomas Cooper
Calgary Dinos basketball
Game log: Friday, Nov. 4 – 39 points, three rebounds in 85-81L vs. Manitoba / Saturday, Nov. 5 – 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists in 102-77W vs. Manitoba.
The University of Calgary Dinos men’s basketball team split their season opening series with the Manitoba Bisons over the weekend.
On Friday night in their home opener, fifth-year veteran and 2015 Canada West Player of the Year Thomas Cooper scored almost half of the team’s points in their 85-81 loss to the Bisons. He added three rebounds and a steal to his totals that night. The following game, the Dinos got revenge, routing Manitoba 102-77. Cooper recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Dinos’ win. He added five assists and two steals.
The Dinos will now head out to Victoria to take on the Vikes before heading into bye week.
Female third star – Tessa Ratzlaff
Trinity Western Spartans basketball
Game log: Friday, Nov. 4 – 19 points, 12 rebounds, two steals in 68-60W @ UBCO / Saturday, Nov. 5 – 29 points, six rebounds, three steals in 71-63W @ UBCO.
Third-year forward Tessa Ratzlaff led the Spartans to a two-game sweep of UBC Okanagan after averaging 24 points and nine rebounds per game in TWU’s season-opening weekend.
The Abbotsford product guided the Spartans to a 68-60 win Friday night with a double-double, collecting 19 points and 12 rebounds. She followed that up by putting together a 29-point and six-rebound game the next night as she helped TWU to a 71-63 win.
Ratzlaff’s weekend has her atop the Canada West leaderboard in points per game and seventh in rebounds per game. The back-to-back road wins to start the season marks the second time in three years that TWU has opened its Canada West campaign with a road sweep.
Ratzlaff and her Spartan teammates will now prepare for a home-and-home series with Fraser Valley, starting Friday in Abbotsford, B.C. before returning to Langley for their home-opener Saturday.
Male third star – Connor James
Alberta Golden Bears soccer
Game log: Saturday, Nov. 5 – seven-save shutout in 1-0W vs. TWU in Canada West semifinal / Sunday, Nov. 6 – four saves and one save in penalty kicks in 2-1W vs. UBC for Canada West championship.
Third-year University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer goalie Connor James is the Canada West Male Third Star of the Week following his strong performances in the conference Final Four championship.
James, who was named a Canada West second team all-star last week, made a total of 11 saves, gave up one goal, and made a crucial stop in penalty kicks to help lead the Golden Bears to the Canada West championship trophy.
Although Alberta entered the Canada West tournament as the No.2 ranked team in the nation, as well as the second highest scoring team in conference play, it was James who ended up pushing Alberta to their 11th conference title and first since 2010.
The School of Business student-athlete made seven saves, including four across two overtime periods, in Alberta’s 1-0 double OT win over Trinity Western in the semi-final on Saturday. It was the second consecutive playoff game in which he held a clean sheet.
In the gold medal final, against the defending conference champion UBC Thunderbirds, James made a thrilling stop when he dove to his left to stop Jules Chopin’s shot in the championship shootout. Alberta went on to win the game 2-1 thanks to a 4-3 advantage in the shootout. James also made a trio of saves in regulation time, including a back-to-back point blanks saves on shots by Titouan Chopin and Lucas Reis in the 26th minute.
The Golden Bears will next advance to the national championship tournament which begins November 10 at the University of Guelph.