Canada West Communications
NEW WESTMINSTER - University of Winnipeg guard Megan Noonan and University of Manitoba forward Jordan DePape are the Canada West Female and Male First Stars of the Week respectively for the period ending Sunday, January 10.
Noonan had a big weekend for the Wesmen, combining for 57 points in Winnipeg’s series split with the Brandon Bobcats. The fourth-year guard drained seven-three pointers, and dished out 10 assists to go along with nine rebounds and eight steals in the two games.
DePape was the driving force behind an historic weekend for the Bisons hockey squad, as the former Kamloops Blazer was involved in six of Manitoba’s 10 goals in the Herd’s sweep of the defending University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears. The victories ran the Bisons’ record to 3-1-0 against Alberta this season and marked the first time since the 1929-30 season that Manitoba has won their regular season series against the Bears.
Also earning star honours this week were: Saskatchewan’s Julia Flinton (female second star), Brandon’s Roy Ching (male second star), UFV’s Taylor Claggett (female third star), and TRU’s Volodymyr Iegorov (male third star).
Female First Star – Megan Noonan
Winnipeg Wesmen basketball
Game log: Thursday, January 7 – 24 points, six rebounds, five steals in 88-76 L vs. Brandon / Saturday, January 9 – 33 points, three rebounds, six assists, three steals in 80-72 W vs. Brandon.
In a vital home-and-home series against their provincial rivals, the Brandon University Bobcats, Wesmen guard Megan Noonan was at her best.
The fourth-year guard scored 57 points, drained seven-three pointers, and dished out 10 assists to go along with nine rebounds and eight steals over the two games.
Despite an 88-76 loss in the series opener at Brandon, Noonan scored 24 points in 39 minutes of playing time while adding six rebounds, four assists and five steals.
In Saturday’s 80-72 home court victory, Noonan scored a game high 33 points, including five three pointers and finished the contest with six assists and three steals.
The Wesmen will have a bye this weekend and will be back in action on Friday, January 22 at home against Victoria.
Male First Star – Jordan DePape
Manitoba Bisons hockey
Game log: Friday, January 8 – one goal, three assists in 7-4 W vs. Alberta / Saturday, January 9 – one goal, one assist in 3-2 W vs. Alberta.
Picking up a pair of wins against the No. 3-ranked Alberta Golden Bears over the weekend, the Manitoba Bisons did something they hadn’t done in more than eight decades – win their regular season series against the Bears.
Leading the way for Manitoba over the weekend was DePape, who had a goal and three assists in the Bisons’ 7-4 win Friday before adding another goal and assist in Saturday’s 3-2 victory.
The home sweep for Manitoba marked the first time since the 1964-65 season that Alberta fell short of securing a victory in Winnipeg.
DePape is currently first in conference scoring with 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists) and sits tied for fifth in CIS scoring.
Manitoba is on a four-game conference win streak and sits fourth in the Canada West standings with a 9-7-2 record. The Bisons host third place Mount Royal (11-5-2) this weekend.
Female Second Star – Julia Flinton
Saskatchewan Huskies hockey
Williams Lake, BC
Agriculture & Bioresources
Game log: Friday, January 8 – three assists in 4-2 W vs. Lethbridge / Saturday, January 9 – two assists in 4-3 W vs. Lethbridge.
Fifth-year defenceman Julia Flinton racked up five assists to help the No. 7-ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies start the New Year off on a positive note with a weekend sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Flinton helped set up the Huskies’ first three goals in Friday night’s 4-2 win, while also playing the shut down role on defence to finish the night at +2.
On Saturday, the Agriculture & Bioresources student picked up a pair of assists. Flinton helped set up the game-winner midway through the third to lead Saskatchewan to a 4-3 win.
The Williams Lake, BC product’s five-point weekend widened her scoring lead among all CIS defenceman, as Flinton now has 17 points on the season – 7 points up on second spot.
Saskatchewan returns to the ice this weekend with a road series against the Calgary Dinos.
Male Second Star – Roy Ching
Brandon Bobcats volleyball
Nelson, New Zealand
Game log: Friday, January 8 – 29 kills, four aces, seven digs in 3-2 L vs. Saskatchewan / Saturday, January 9 – 27 kills, two aces, four blocks in 3-2 W vs. Saskatchewan.
Bobcats’ captain Roy Ching started the second-half of his Canada West men’s volleyball season with a pair of big performances.
The fourth-year New Zealander had a career-high 29 kills in a hard-fought five-set loss against the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday. Ching's collection of kills also put him into the BU school record books for the second most in a single match – an honour he now shares with former Bobcat great Paul Sanderson.
On Saturday, Ching was back at it again with a match-high 27 kills in the Bobcats’ five-set come-from-behind victory over the Huskies. Ching and his Bobcats rallied from a 2-0 deficit to split the weekend series.
Following the matches this weekend, Ching leads the Canada West conference in kills per set (4.59) and total kills (248).
Brandon is in Vancouver this weekend to take on the UBC Thunderbirds Friday and Saturday night.
Female Third Star – Taylor Claggett
UFV Cascades basketball
Game log: Friday, January 8 – 23 points, eight rebounds in 73-58 W vs. MRU / Saturday, January 9 – 15 points, 11 rebounds in 64-52 W vs. MRU.
Taylor Claggett continued to assert herself as a leading contender for the Canada West women’s basketball rookie of the year award, putting together a pair of outstanding performances on the weekend, as the UFV Cascades swept a pair of home games against the Mount Royal Cougars.
The power forward from Mission, BC racked up a career-high 23 points in exceedingly efficient fashion (9-of-10 shooting from the field) in Friday’s opener, and she added eight rebounds as the Cascades prevailed 73-58.
On Saturday, Claggett notched her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 boards as UFV completed the sweep by a score of 64-52.
Claggett’s sparkling rookie campaign has her 11th in Canada West scoring (15.1 points per game), seventh in rebounding (8.5) and second in field goal percentage (61.4).
The Cascades are at home this weekend against the UNBC Timberwolves.
Male Third Star – Volodymyr Iegorov
Thompson Rivers WolfPack basketball
Masters of Business
Game log: Friday, January 8 – 23 points, 11 rebounds, three assists in 69-57 W vs. UBCO / Saturday, January 9 – 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists in 62-57 L vs. UBCO.
Volodymyr Iegorov has had no trouble adjusting to Canada West basketball in his first season with the TRU WolfPack after joining the team from the Ukraine.
Iegorov was the WolfPack’s top scorer this past weekend, combining for 36 points and 18 rebounds in TRU’s split with the host UBCO Heat in Kelowna.
Iegorov sits third in the Canada West in points per game (21.3), ninth in defensive rebounds (55) and 13th in rebounds per game (7).
The WolfPack—who lead the Explorer Division with a record of 8-2 – visit MacEwan this coming weekend.
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