Women's Basketball

WBB: Huskies top preseason poll

EDMONTON – A new season of Canada West women's basketball tips off Friday night, and the Saskatchewan Huskies are favourites to emerge with the conference banner yet again.

The conference's annual coaches preseason poll was released Friday, as the 2019-20 season opens in eight markets across Western Canada.

The defending CW champion Huskies were a unanimous pick to repeat as conference champs.

Saskatchewan received all 16 first-place votes available to them (256 points), as they edged the Calgary Dinos for top spot in the poll. Calgary finished with 240 points, receiving Saskatchewan's first-place vote, and second-place votes from 14 other members.

The road to the conference championship begins tonight, with eight women's gameas available live on Canada West TV Presented by Co-op. Season passes are available for purchase by clicking here.

2019-20 CW WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRESEASON POLL

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Team / Points (First-place votes)

  1. Saskatchewan Huskies / 256 (16)
  2. Calgary Dinos / 240
  3. UBC Thunderbirds / 212
  4. Lethbridge Pronghorns / 197
  5. Regina Cougars / 187
  6. Alberta Pandas / 184
  7. Fraser Valley Cascades / 164
  8. Victoria Vikes / 157
  9. Winnipeg Wesmen / 153
  10. UNBC Timberwolves / 124
  11. Manitoba Bisons / 102
  12. *Trinity Western Spartans / 83
  13. UBCO Heat / 83
  14. Mount Royal Cougars / 49
  15. MacEwan Griffins / 42
  16. Thompson Rivers WolfPack / 40
  17. Brandon Bobcats / 39

NOTES: * TWU receives higher ranking thanks to greater number of higher-place votes. First-place votes worth 16 pts., second-place 15 pts. etc.





8928
2018-19 CW regular season record: 15-5, 4th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-2, Lost to Lethbridge in CW QF
Head coach: Scott Edwards (14th season) / 204-70 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1999 / 1
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 74.3 PPG, 7th
  • Defence: 67.1 PPG, 6th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 17.2 – Emma Kary, G
  • Assists per game: 2.3 – Megan Tywoniuk, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.7 - Emma Kary, G
  • Blocks per game: 1.2 – Brooklyn Legault, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Sydney Fedick / Forward / 1 / Sherwood Park, AB / Jasper Place High School
  • Julia Strigl / Guard / 1 / North Vancouver, BC / Handsworth Secondary
  • Claire Signatovich / Forward / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Oak Park High School
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Aimee Wilson / Forward / Calgary, AB / 3 
Key performer:
  • Vanessa Wild
  • Fifth-year
  • Guard
  • Spruce Grove, AB 
Coming off her best season with the Pandas, which saw her finish with a career-high 15.2 points per game, fifth-year shooting guard Vanessa Wild returns to lead the Pandas this season.
 
Wild’s 15.2 points per game was the second-highest mark on Alberta last season, with her 44.9% shooting clip leading the team.




8926
2018-19 CW regular season record: 5-15, 14th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Novell Thomas (8th season) / 32-132 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 60.6 PPG, 13th
  • Defence: 79.5 PPG, 15th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 13.2 – Lauren Anderson, F
  • Assists per game: 2.9 - Lauren Anderson, F
  • Rebounds per game: 9.8 – Lauren Anderson, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.6 - Lauren Anderson, F & Laney Harder, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Faith Clearsky / F / 1 / Brandon, MB / Crocus Plains
  • Piper Ingalls / G / 1 / Moose Jaw, SK / AE Peacock
  • Sydney Latrace / G / 1 / Regina, SK / Regina Christian
  • Josie Grift / G / 1 / Brandon, MB / Vincent Massey
  • Eden Tabin / F / 1 / Regina, SK / Notre Dame Hounds
  • Sydney Teece / F / 1 / Regina, SK / UNB Reds
  • Kelsey Starchuck / F / 1 / Regina, SK / Dr. Martin Leboldus 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Lauren Anderson / F / Winnipeg, MB / 5 
Key performer:
  • Hailey Maas
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Bridgman, Mich. 
As one of two fifth-year players on this year’s Bobcat squad, Maas will log plenty of minutes while playing an increased leadership role. Maas started all 20 regular season games for the Bobcats last year while logging the second most playing time at 31.1 minutes per game. She will expect the same, if not more playing time this year as the young squad looks to lean on the import guard.




8920
2018-19 CW regular season record: 14-6, 5th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to Winnipeg
Head coach: Deb Huband (25th season) / 328-167 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015 / 8
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2008 / 6
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 78.3 PPG, 3rd
  • Defence: 67.9 PPG, 8th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 18.4 - Keylyn Filewich, F
  • Assists per game: 4.6 - Jess Hanson, G
  • Rebounds per game: 10.2 - Maddison Penn, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 - Keylyn Filewich, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Olivia Morgan-Cherchas / F / 1 / Kamloops, BC / Canada U-17 National Team
  • Emily Martindale / G / 1 / Ancaster, ON / Lincoln Prep 
Key performer:
  • Keylyn Filewich
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • Winnipeg, MB
Filewich averaged a double double last season (18.4 points per game, 10.0 rebounds per game) and was named a first team Canada West all-star and a U SPORTS second team all Canadian. Filewich also averaged a conference-high field goal percentage (60.3) and totalled the most offensive rebounds (86) in the Canada West before representing Canada at the FISU Summer Universiade.




8931
2018-19 CW regular season record: 1-19, 17th place
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Bobby Mitchell (2nd season) / 1-19 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 59.1 PPG, 15th
  • Defence: 76.7 PPG, 15th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 13.8 PPG – Vanessa Botteselle, G
  • Assists per game: 4.8 APG – Vanessa Botteselle, G
  • Rebounds per game: 10.2 RPG – Jordan Korol, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.7 BLK/G - Jordan Korol, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Alessia Brutto / G / 2 / Bassano Del Grappa, ITA / Capilano University
  • Tessa Burton / G / 1 / Coquitlam, BC / Riverside Secondary
  • Lucy Faba / PG / 1 / Calgary, AB / Bishop Carroll High
  • Kelsey Falk / G / 1 / Vernon, BC / Vernon Secondary
  • Jaeli Ibbetson / F / 1/ Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Secondary
  • Kasey Patchell / G / 2 / Kelowna, BC / Okanagan College
  • Mira Witt / G / 1 Saskatoon, SK / Aden Bowman Collegiate
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Vanessa Botteselle / G / North Vancouver, BC / 5
Key performer:
  • Jordan Korol
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Coldstream, BC 
With an influx of new talent it will be up to the veteran leadership of the Heat to mix in the new players and put together a strong season. In the league there may be no better team leader than Jordan Korol. Last season Korol was a monster on the court, but as good as her in-game numbers were, her off the court activities may have been better. For that reason she was the 2018-19 Canada West winner of the Student-Athlete Community Service Award.

On the court, the forward became the first player in program history to average a double-double for the course of an entire season thanks to 13.0 points and 10.2 boards a contest. Korol, a team captain, has also been a model-student athlete in the classroom, as she has been named a three-time U SPORTS Academic All-Canadian. As a leader by example, and with her volunteer work with the B.C. Cancer Society, Korol will be an excellent role model for coach Mitchell’s talented group as they look to make a splash in the Canada West conference in 2019-20.




8912
2018-19 CW regular season record: 17-3, 2nd in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 2-2, lost CW SF to Regina
Head coach: Damian Jennings (8th season) / 99-45 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2001 / 8
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1989 / 1
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 76.1 PPG, 6th
  • Defence: 58.9 PPG, 3rd
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 15.4 – Erin McIntosh, G
  • Assists per game: 2.7 – Liene Stalidzane, G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.8 – Erin McIntosh, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 – Bobbi-Jo Colburn, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Mya Proctor / G / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Centennial HS
  • Brittany Janzen / C / 1 / Cochrane, Alta. / Cochrane HS
  • Clara Tapia Palacio / G / 4 / Barcelona, ESP / Univ. of Wyoming 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Kiki Knox / F / Tacoma, Wash. / 1
  • Jenna Spruyt / C / Medicine Hat, Alta. / 3
Key performer:
  • Erin McIntosh
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Calgary, Alta.
Erin McIntosh is often ‘first among equals’ for a Dinos offence that spreads the ball around well, leading Calgary in points and rebounds a year ago. The fifth-year senior represented Canada at the FISU Summer Universiade this past summer in Naples, Italy. She was the Dinos’ top shooter last season, averaging better than 47 per cent from the field and above 41 from beyond the arc.




8929
2018-19 CW regular season record: 10-10, 10th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, eliminated in first round
Head coach: Al Tuchscherer (18th season) / 140-133 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 60.3 PPG, 14th
  • Defence: 64.0 PPG, 4th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 18.4 - Taylor Claggett, F
  • Assists per game: 2.9 – Kate Head, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.4 – Taylor Claggett, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.3 – Victoria Jacobse, G
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Deanna Tuchscherer / G & F / 1 / Chilliwack, BC / G.W. Graham Secondary
  • Maddy Gobeil / G / 1 / Kamloops, BC / South Kamloops Secondary
  • Nikki Cabuco / G / 1 / Port Moody, BC / Dr. Charles Best Secondary
  • Jessica Parker / G / 1 / Princeton, BC / Riverside Secondary 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Kate Head / G / Maple Ridge, BC / 3
Key performer:
  • Taylor Claggett
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Mission, BC 
Taylor Claggett was a Canada West third team all-star last season after finishing fifth in the conference in scoring (18.4 points per game) and 11th in rebounding (8.4 per game). She comes into the season fourth on UFV women’s basketball’s all-time scoring list with 1,083 points, and has a chance to climb that list with another strong campaign. As the lone fifth-year senior on a talented youthful roster, Claggett has a further opportunity to enhance her already-significant legacy by showing her teammates what it takes to compete and win in Canada West.




8914
2018-19 CW regular season record: 12-8, 6th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 3-2, lost in CW SF to Saskatchewan
Head coach: Dave Waknuk (2nd year) / 12-8 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: Year 1993 / 1
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 73.9 PPG, 8th
  • Defence: 69 PPG, 10th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 15.1 – Kacie Bosch, G
  • Assists per game: 3.9 - Asnate Fomina, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.3 – Katie Keith, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.4 – Isabel Rattai, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Jessica Haenni / G / 3 / Millet, AB / Augustana Vikings
  • Savannah McKee / G / 1 / Stirling, AB / Stirling High School 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Dani Fritzke / G / Medicine Hat, AB / 4
  • Kathryn Hankins / F / Chehalis. WA / 3
Key performer:
  • Kacie Bosch
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Lethbridge, Alta
Kacie Bosch will continue to be a key member of the Pronghorns this season, with her aggressive scoring ability and versatile defensive game, in her final year with the program.  Kacie grew her game as a player last season, earning a Canada West All-Star selection and will continue to push herself and her teammates towards success this year.




8913
2019-20 CW regular season record: 6-14, 13th in CW
2019-20 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Katherine Adams (4th season) / 17-43 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 52.0 PPG, 17th
  • Defence: 67.2 PPG, 7th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 12.3 – Kayla Ivicak, G
  • Assists per game: 1.8 – Mady Chamberlin, PG
  • Rebounds per game: 10.1 – Kayla Ivicak, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Mady Chamberlin, PG 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Drew Knox / G / 4 / Sherwood Park, AB / Mount Royal University
  • Noelle Kilbreath / PG / 1 / Calgary, AB / Genesis Basketball
  • Kariya Bruised Head / F / 4 / Lethbridge, AB / Ambrose University
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Kayla Ivicak / G / St. Albert, AB / 5
  • Kristen Monfort-Palomino / G / Calgary, AB / 3 
Key performer:
  • Mackenzie Farmer
  • Forward
  • 3rd-year
  • Sherwood Park, AB
MacEwan’s second-leading scorer last season with 9.5 PPG, Farmer heads into her third-season of eligibility as the leader of the Griffins’ offence.

The Sherwood Park product has been steadily gaining confidence since a solid rookie season in 2017-18 when she averaged 7.3 points per game.

She has the ability to score in multiple ways all over the court, showing an effective touch from beyond the arc as well as the speed and grit to succeed from inside the paint.

While a young MacEwan team will be looking to score as a committee, Farmer has an opportunity to lead the charge and push her point total averages into double digits.




8915
2018-19 CW regular season record: 8-12, 12th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to Lethbridge
Head coach: Michele Sung (6th season) / 23-88 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: none
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1996-97 / 3
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 73.0 PPG, 9th
  • Defence: 75.5 PPG, 14th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.7 – Taylor Randall, G
  • Assists per game: 3.4 – Taylor Randall, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.2 – Claire Harvey, F
  • Blocks per game: 2.0 – Claire Harvey, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Emily Johnson / F / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Oak Park Raiders
  • Lauren Bartlett / G / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Oak Park Raiders 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Claire Harvey / F / Winnipeg, MB / 5
  • Nicole Konieczny / G / Regina, SK / 4 
Key performer:
  • Taylor Randall
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Dundas, ON 
A player that’s shown growth in each of her seasons with the Bisons, fourth-year Taylor Randall enters the 2019-20 season as one of the premier offensive threats in the conference from the guard position.
 
Last season, the two-time Canada West Third Team All-Star (2017-18; 2018-19) finished 11th in the conference in points per game (16.7), shooting 27.1% from three-point range and getting to the line consistently — shooting 63-for-81 from the charity stripe, the 10th most makes.
 
Randall’s ability to pull up and shoot along with a driving game makes her difficult to game plan against, but her defence has also progressed. Last season, she finished 8th in the conference with 38 steals.
 
The Dundas, ON native continues studies in the Asper School of Business this year.




8916
2018-19 CW regular season record: 2-18, 16th
2018-19 CW post-season record: DNQ
Head coach: Robyn Fleckenstein (1st year)

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 64.9 PPG, 12th
  • Defense: 86.3 PPG, 17th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 12.4 – Maddy Hooper, G
  • Assists per game: 2.1 - Michelle Tiffany, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.3 - Charity Marlatt, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 – Abbey Gillette, G 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Maitlynn Miller / G / 1 / Lethbridge, AB / Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
  • Jamie Lalor / G / 1 / Red Deer, AB / Lindsay Thurber High School
  • Ella Stanley / G/F / 1 / St. Albert, AB / Paul Kane High School
  • Jenika Martens / F / 1 / La Crete, AB / La Crete Public School  
Key performer:
  • Maddy Hooper
  • Guard
  • 2nd-year
  • Perth, Australia 
Hooper comes back to the Cougars in her second year after playing a full summer back home in Perth. Hooper was named to the Canada West All-Rookie team last year after leading her team with 12.4 points per game.
 
This season she will have the potential to put up some big numbers with her smooth jumper and quick footwork. She will be the cornerstone of the Cougars offense and will look to lead change with first year head coach Robyn Fleckenstein. 




8932
2018-19 CW regular season record: 11-9, 9th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost CW QF to Calgary
Head coach: Sergey Shchepotkin (7th season) / 37-83 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 77.0 PPG, 4th
  • Defence: 72.8 PPG, 11th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 19.9 – Maria Mongomo, F
  • Assists per game: 3.6 – Madison Landry, G
  • Rebounds per game: 12.7 – Vasiliki Louka, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 – Vasiliki Louka, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Emma vanBruinessen / F / 4 / Leduc, AB / Augustana
  • Rebecca Landry / F / 1 / Prince George, BC / Duchess Park
  • Anastasia Soltes / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Henry Wise Wood
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Vasiliki Louka / F / Athens, Greece / 5
  • Abby Gibb / G / Calgary, AB / 2
Key performer:
  • Maria Mongomo
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Las Palmas, Spain
One of the best pure scorers in Canada West history, Mongomo will shoulder a major offensive load for the TWolves team looking to make the Canada West playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The native of Las Palmas has never finished outside the top ten in conference scoring, and will need to be engaged at both ends of the court for the Timberwolves.




8976
2018-19 CW regular season record: 17-3, 1st in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 4-1, lost CW final to Saskatchewan
Head coach: Dave Taylor (14th season) / 219-55 (career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2018 / 3
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2001 / 1
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 79.7 PPG, 2nd
  • Defence: 57.2 PPG, 2nd 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 18.4 – Kyanna Giles, G
  • Assists per game: 3.9 – Michaela Kleisinger, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.8 – Kyanna Giles, G
  • Blocks per game: 2.2 – Christina McCusker, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Emily Dewey / F / 2 / Winnipeg, Man. / University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Zoe Hartmann / G / 3 / Düsseldorf, Germany / Barstow CC
  • Erin Taylor / F / 1 / Regina, Sask. / Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS
  • Kaitlyn Tonita / G / 3 / Regina, Sask. / Lakeland College 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Angela Bongomin / P / Regina, Sask. / 2016-19
  • Kyanna Giles / G / Winnipeg, Man. / 2016-19
  • Kyia Giles / G / Winnipeg, Man. / 2016-19
  • Carolina Goncalves / G / Oeiras, Portugal / 2017-19
  • Christina McCusker / F / Regina, Sask. / 2014-19 
Key performer:
  • Michaela Kleisinger
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Regina, Sask. 
The only U of R player to start all 27 conference and postseason games last year, point guard Michaela Kleisinger is one of three fifth-year veterans on this season’s edition of the Cougars. Kleisinger led the team in assists per game (3.9) and minutes played per game (28.0) last season and is second in the U of R’s record book in career assist-to-turnover ratio (1.86).




8917
2018-19 CW regular season record: 16-4, 3rd
2018-19 post-season record:6-2, won against Regina in CW championship (4th U SPORTS)
Head Coach: Lisa Thomaidis (21st season) / 263-151 (Career CW regular season record) 
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2019 / 6
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2016 / 1 
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 81.3 PPG, 1st
  • Defence: 55.7 PPG, 1st 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 15.6 – Sabine Dukate, G
  • Assists per game: 3.9 – Libby Epoch, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.2 – Summer Masikewich, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.9 – Summer Masikewich, F 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Claudia Lomba Viviana / G / 1 / Cascais, POR. / Leicester Riders
  • Andrea Dodig / G / 1 / Bolton, ON. / Caledon Basketball Academy 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Maya Olynyk / G / Kamloops, B.C. / 5 
Key performer:
  • Sabine Dukate
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Ventspils, Latvia 
In what has already been an outstanding career, Sabine Dukate will look to exit the Huskies women’s basketball program the way she entered it, with a national championship. Dukate led the Huskies in points-per-game last season en-route to being named the Canada West Player of the Year, a U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian and a First Team Canada West All-Star. The sharp-shooting guard will play a central role in Saskatchewan’s chase for their second national championship in program history in 2019. Dukate enters the season eighth in points and seventh in assists in the Huskies’ career record books.




8930
2018-19 CW regular season record: 4-16, 15th in CW
Head coach: Goran Nogic (1st year)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 57.8 PPG, 16th
  • Defence: 73.2 PPG, 13th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 15.3 - Michelle Bos
  • Assists per game: 4.2 - Jordon Haggerty
  • Rebounds per game: 7.8 - Michelle Bos
  • Blocks per game: 0.6 - Leilani Carney 
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Emma Piggin / G /  Kamloops, BC / TRU
  • Jordan Robb / F & G / Kelowna, BC / Okanagan Mission Secondary
  • Kelsey Cruz / G & F / Calgary, AB / St.Francis High
  • Jordin Wilkinson / G & F / North Battleford, SK / Quest University
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Michelle Bos / G / Surrey, BC / 5 
Key performer:
  • Emma Piggin
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Kamloops, BC
After a year off, Piggin has returned to complete her U SPORTS eligibility. She was a leader on the court during her previous stint with the WolfPack and will be again along with being a leader in the dressing room.  She has embraced both roles along with helping taking the WolfPack women’s basketball program to a new level




8919
2018-19 CW regular season record: 12-8, 8th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost play-in game to UNBC
Head coach: Cheryl Jean-Paul (10th season) / 75-111 (Career CW Reg. Season Record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 68.2 PPG, 10th
  • Defence: 66.8 PPG, 5th 
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.8 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F
  • Assists per game: 3.9 – Sarah Buckingham, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.8 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.9 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Jayden Gill / G / 1 / Abbotsford, BC / Robert Bateman
  • Lana Shypit / G / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Glenlawn 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Jessie Brown / G / Langley, BC / 5
  • Tessa Ratzlaff / F / Abbotsford, BC / 5
  • Sarah Buckingham / G / Langley, BC / 4 
Key performer:
  • Kianna Wiens
  • Guard
  • 3rd-year
  • Regina, SK
Entering her third year with TWU, Kianna Wiens will look to continue what has been an impressive trajectory through her first two years as a Spartan. With the top three scorers from last year’s Spartans team all graduated, Wiens is in a position to take on a leading role with TWU this year. In 2018-19, she averaged 8.2 points per game and 2.7 assists per game, and is already showing she’s on form this year to take that next step. The sharp-shooting guard led TWU to back-to-back wins to wrap up the preseason, averaging 18 points per game while knocking down six 3-pointers over the two contests. 




8923
2018-19 CW regular season record: 12-8, 7th
2018-19 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost CW QF to Regina
Head coach: Dani Sinclair (8th season); 93-51 (career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2000 / 18
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2003 / 8

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 76.7 PPG, 5th
  • Defence: 73.2 PPG, 11th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 16.3 – Amira Giannattasio,G
  • Assists per game: 3.0 – Calli McMillan, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.3 – Ashlyn Day, G
  • Blocks per game: 1.0 – Amira Giannattasio,G
Key additions (name/position/eligibly/hometown/last team):
  • Brooklyn White / F / 1 / Abbotsford, BC / West Coast AAU
  • Tana Pankratz / G / 1 / Abbotsford, BC / BC United AAU Basketball
  • Peyton Connolly / F / 1 / Hamilton, ON / Lincoln Prep OSBA
  • Karsen Look / F / 1 / Langley, BC / Brookswood Secondary 
Key losses (name/position/hometown/years with program):
  • Amira Giannattasio / G / Hamilton, ON / 5
  • Lyndzie Caron / F / Naramata, BC / 2
  • Paige Thompson / F / Brandon, MB / 5
Key performer:
  • Ashlyn Day
  • Guard
  • 3rd-year
  • Kelowna, BC
Whatever lineup combinations get thrown the Vikes way this season, the coaching staff knows they can stick Ashlyn Day out there in any scenario and not have to worry about her.
The Kelowna kid is versatile on both ends of the floor, can guard all five positions and attack from anywhere on offence. Last year, Day averaged 12.7 PPG, shot 46.4 percent from the floor, recorded nearly two assists per game and hauled down 5.3 rebounds per game.




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2018-19 CW regular season record: 8-12, 11th in CW
2018-19 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost in CW quarter-final
Head coach: Tanya McKay (24th season) / 276-185 (Career CW reg. season record)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: None
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1994-95 / 3
 
2018-19 CW regular season ranks:
  • Offence: 66.2 PPG, 11th
  • Defence: 68.7 PPG, 11th
2018-19 CW regular season leaders:
  • Points per game: 23.8 - Faith Hezekiah, G/F
  • Assists per game: 4.0 – Farrah Castillo, G
  • Rebounds per game: 10.3 – Faith Hezekiah, G/F
  • Blocks per game: 1.0 – Mikayla Funk, F
Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
  • Anna Kernaghan / G / 1 / Winnipeg / Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
  • Srishti Suren / F / 1 / Chennai India / India U18 national team 
Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):
  • Farrah Castillo / G / Rowland Heights, Calif. / 1 
Key performer:
  • Faith Hezekiah
  • Guard/forward
  • 5th-year
  • East St. Paul, Man. 
In 2018-19, Hezekiah became the first Wesmen player in 20 years to average a double-double in back-to-back seasons. She handles the bulk of the workload in the offence with a high usage rate and volume shooting. Despite being undersized comparatively to bigs throughout the conference, she was nevertheless second in rebounds per game while leading Canada West in scoring.