Season preview: Provincial rivals Regina, Saskatchewan top coaches poll

Season preview: Provincial rivals Regina, Saskatchewan top coaches poll

Canada West Communications

NEW WESTMINSTER – With the dawn of a new Canada West basketball regular season comes a new format, as the conference regular season opens Friday, November 4.

2016-17 marks a new look for Canada West women’s basketball, as all 17 members will play under a unified format, with the elimination of the Pioneer and Explorer divisions, which were used the last two seasons.

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The new format features a 20-game regular season schedule, with each team playing four geographical, or historical opponents every year, with games against six of the remaining 12 opponents every other year. 

COMPLETE 2016-17 WOMEN’S SCHEDULE

Over a four-year rotation in the schedule, each team will play every team in the conference at least twice, and will visit every gym in Canada West at least once.

The format had been approved at the 2015 Canada West annual general meeting, and also features a tweaked playoff format. 

The top 12 teams based on winning percentage will earn post-season berths, with playoff ranking based on each team’s Rating Percentage Index (RPI) from the regular season. RPI will be used in order to account for the various strengths of schedule.

The top four teams based on RPI will receive a bye in the first week of the playoffs, which will feature four best-of-three series. The following week will consist of four best-of-three quarter-finals, leading to the Final Four hosted by the highest remaining seed.

The season tips off this Friday with a full slate of games including an early-season matchup between two teams expected to compete for the conference title, as the Regina Cougars host the Victoria Vikes.

Regina topped the annual coaches pre-season poll with 256 points, earning 16 of a possible 16 first-place votes, while Victoria came in third with 215 points – just behind the defending conference Saskatchewan Huskies (229 pts.). 

For a complete look at each Canada West women’s basketball team, take a look at the individual team previews below.

Once again this season, viewers will be able to watch every men’s and women’s basketball regular season and playoff game on CanadaWest.tv with a conference volleyball pass for only $30 CAD. 

NOTE: RPI will be displayed on the Canada West website beginning in mid-December. The RPI formula being used can be found in the Canada West basketball playing regulations, here.

 

2016-17 CW womens basketball pre-season coaches poll

Team / Points (first-place votes) 

1. Regina / 256 (16)

2. Saskatchewan / 229 (1)

3. Victoria / 215

4. Alberta / 205

5. UBC / 200

6. Calgary / 173

7. Winnipeg / 155

8. Fraser Valley / 137

9. Trinity Western / 125

10. UBCO / 124

11. Brandon / 112

12. Thompson Rivers / 104

13. Lethbridge / 73

14. UNBC / 70

15. MacEwan / 63

16. Manitoba / 39

17. Mount Royal / 29 

NOTES: 1st-place vote worth 16 pts., 2nd 15 pts, 3rd 14 pts. etc.

 

TEAM PREVIEWS

 

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PANDAS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 17-3, 3rd Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 3-1, CW bronze

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 1998-99/ 1

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 72.7 PPG, 5th

Defence: 57.8 PPG, 3rd

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 15.8 – Jessilyn Fairanks, G

Assists per game: 4.1 – Jessilyn Fairbanks, G

Rebounds per game: 8.8 – Elle Hendershot, F

Blocks per game: 1.0 – Brooklyn Legault, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Abby Edminson/ Guard/ 5th/ Carlton Place, ON / Royal Military College

Emma Kary / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Team Alberta

Shay Crisp / G / 5 / Victoria, BC / UBC Thunderbirds

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Jessilyn Fairbanks / G / Edmonton, AB / 5

Renee Byrne / G / Devon, AB / 5

Megan Wickstrom / G / Sherwood Park, AB / 7

 

Key performer:

Maddie Rogers

Guard

5th-year

Calgary, AB

With the graduation of 2015 Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, and Pandas leading scorer Jessiyln Fairbanks, the team’s primary guard role will shift to Calgary native Maddie Rogers. Rogers finished third on Alberta with 10.5 PPG and second with 3.6 APG last season. With the forward crew anchored by fourth-year standout Elle Hendershot, and reigning CIS Rookie of the Year Brooklyn Legault, Rogers will be counted upon to take over as the offensive leader and floor general for the experienced Pandas.

 

BRANDON UNIVERSITY BOBCATS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 7-13, 9th Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 65.7 PPG, 10th 

Defence: 70.6 PPG, 11th 

 

2015 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 17.1 – Keisha Cox, G

Assists per game: 4.0 – Aleah Bridges, G

Rebounds per game: 6.3 – Alyssa Montgomery, F

Blocks per game: 0.8 – Alyssa Montgomery

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team): 

Adrianna Proulx / G / 1 / Thompson, MB / R.D. Parker Collegiate

Kylie Weckend / G / 1 / Indian Head, SK / Indian Head High School

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program): 

Aleah Bridges / G / Berkeley, CA / 3

Kaela Cranston / G / Winnipeg, MB / 5

Shayna Mathison / F / Hamiota, MB / 2

Alyssa Montgomery / F / Silver Spring, MD / 2

 

Key performer: 

Keisha Cox

Guard

4th-year

Oceanside, California

Keisha Cox was the Bobcats biggest offensive threat, as the slick ball-handler and perimeter threat regularly showed the touch that brought her north of the border in the first place. Cox led the team in scoring (17.1 PPG), 3-point shooting (43.6%), and steals (2.4 SPG) earning Canada West third-team all-star honours. Cox will tell you she’d give up the personal accolades to get the team back in the playoffs however, and the import guard will look to do that this season.

 

UBC THUNDERBIRDS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 9-11, 6th Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 2-2, lost to Saskatchewan in CW QF

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015 / 8

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 2008 / 6

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 67.2 PPG, 9th

Defence: 62.0 PPG, 8th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 17.0 – Kara Spotton, F

Assists per game: 2.9 – Diana Lee, G

Rebounds per game: 6.8 – Adrienne Parkin, F

Blocks per game: 1.0 – Adrienne Parkin, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Keylyn Filewich / F / 1 / Winnipeg, Man. / Vincent Massey Collegiate

Maddison Penn / G / 2 / North Lyneham, Australia / Canberra Capitals

Ali Norris / G / 1 / Surrey, B.C. / Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Diana Lee / G / North Vancouver, B.C. / 2

Adrienne Parkin / F / Vancouver, B.C. / 5

 

Key performer:

Kara Spotton

Forward

5th-year

Fort Collins, Colo.

Spotton was UBC’s leading scorer last year, with an average of 17 points per contest during Canada West play, and 13.8 points per game in the playoffs. She also had a team-best field goal shooting percentage of 48.6 per cent over 20 regular season game.

 

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT

2015-16 CW regular season record: 10-10, 4th Explorer Division

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: # 59.9, 15th

Defence: 59.8, 5th

 

2015 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 11.9, Emily Kanester, G

Assists per game: 2.9, Claire Elliott, G

Rebounds per game: 4.9, Jordan Korol, F

Blocks per game: 0.4, Emily Kanester, G

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Nicole Hart / P / 1 / Kelowna / Immaculata Regional High

Emma Jonas / PG / 1 / Cloverdale / Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Robyn  Aulin-Haynes / P / North Vancouver, BC / 1

 

Key performer:

Emily Kanester

Guard

5th-year

Vernon, BC

Emily provides the offense for this defensive minded squad. The senior guard can score from long range, drive by a defender that closes out too hard and get to the rim and is an excellent free throw shooter should she get fouled in the act. The Vernon Secondary product is closing in on the school's scoring record needing just 21 points to reach 900 total and be the most prolific scorer on the Okanagan campus.

 

UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY CASCADES

2015-16 CW regular season record: 13-7, 3rd Explorer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 0-2, eliminated in play-in series

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 67.9 PPG, 8th

Defence: 60.4 PPG, 6th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 18.4 – Kayli Sartori, G/F

Assists per game: 4.5 – Sartori

Rebounds per game: 8.7 – Taylor Claggett, F

Blocks per game: 1.5 – Sartori

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Sara Simovic / G / 4 / Nanaimo, B.C. / Vancouver Island University

Jessica Zawada / F / 1 / Richmond, B.C. / R.A. McMath Secondary

Victoria Jacobse / G / 1 / Mission, B.C. / W.J. Mouat Secondary

Amanda Thompson / G / 1 / Abbotsford, B.C. / W.J. Mouat Secondary

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Katie Brink / F / Abbotsford, B.C. / 4

Shayna Cameron / G / Chilliwack, B.C. / 1

 

Key performer:

Kayli Sartori

Guard/forward

Year 5

Chilliwack, B.C.

Heading into her fifth season, Kayli Sartori is among the most accomplished players in Canada West. The 6’1” guard/forward’s versatile skillset was on full display last season, as she won the Canada West scoring title and finished no lower than 11th in the conference in assists, rebounds, blocks and steals. She’s a former national championship all-star (2014), and was a Canada West first team all-star and a CIS second team All-Canadian in 2015-16.

 

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 1-19, 11th Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 1992-93 / 1

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 52.6 PPG, 17th 

Defence: 79.7 PPG, 17th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 9.3 – Katie Keith, G

Assists per game: 2.4 – Katie Keith, G

Rebounds per game: 6.8 – Katie Keith, G

Blocks per game: 0.4 – Malayah Bruno, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Jessica Bachynski / F / 3 / Calgary, AB / Utah Valley University

Kathyrn Hankins / F / 3 / Chehalis, WA / Lower Columbia Red Devils

Isabelle Rattai / G / 1 / Cypress County, AB / Medicine Hat High

 

Key performer:

Katie Keith

Guard

2nd-year

Lethbridge, AB

As a first-year athlete, Katie led the team in scoring, rebounding, steals and assists.  She was also selected to the Canada West All-Rookie Team.  Entering into her second-year, Katie will be asked to continue to display her versatility and efficiency in her style of play for the ‘Horns.

 

MACEWAN UNIVERSITY GRIFFINS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 17-3, 1st Explorer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 2-2, fourth at Canada West Final Four

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 74.4 PPG, 3rd

Defence: 55.8 PPG, 1st

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 18.4, Megan Wood, F

Assists per game: 5.9, Kendall Lydon, G

Rebounds per game: 9.4, Kelly Fagan, F

Blocks per game: 2.4, Kelly Fagan, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Kathryn Sutherland / G / 1 / Spruce Grove, AB / Spruce Grove Composite

Ellie McCarthy / F / 1 / Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Secondary School

Kristen Monfort-Palomino / PG / 2 / Calgary, AB / SAIT

Juhee Thompson / PG / 3 / Mountain View, AB / University of Lethbridge

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Megan Wood / F / Edmonton, AB / 5

Kelly Fagan / F / St. Albert, AB / 5

Kelly O'Hallahan / G / New Zealand / 2

 

Key performer:

Kendall Lydon

Point Guard

5th-year

Chehalis, Washington

Kendall Lydon is the Griffins’ floor general and team leader and will be counted upon to lead a young team into the 2016-17 Canada West campaign. Lydon led the team in assists and steals last season, and was the Griffins’ second-leading scorer behind Megan Wood with 11.9 points per game.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 1-19, 10th place in Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none / 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 1996-97 / 3

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 58.4 PPG, 13th

Defence: 76.9 PPG, 16th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 10.9 – Jenilyn Monton, G

Assists per game: 3.1 – Jenilyn Monton, G

Rebounds per game: 5.8 – Nicole Konieczny, G

Blocks per game: 2.0 – Claire Harvey, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Keziah Brothers / G / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Glenlawn Lions

Brittanie Parisien / G / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Edge Basketball

Taylor Randall / G / 1 / Dundas, ON / Transway Basketball

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Alyssa Lucier / G / Wallaceburg, ON / 1

Caitlin Ticzon / G / Flin Flon, MB / 2

Atoosa Jalayeri / G / Winnipeg, MB / 2

 

Key performer:

Nicole Konieczny

Guard

2nd-year

Regina, SK

On a very young Bison women’s basketball team, second-year guard Nicole Konieczny will be leaned upon for a heavy scoring load in her sophomore year. In her rookie season, the Regina native poured in 10.1 points per game (second on the team) while averaging over 30 minutes per game while starting and playing in all 20 conference regular season games in 2015-16.

 

The 5’10” guard will expect to build on her rookie campaign and add more on both sides of the ball. She will also be a big part in the dressing room as now one of the veterans for an up and coming team that could surprise people in the ultra-competitive Canada West conference.

 

MOUNT ROYAL UNIVERSITY COUGARS 

2015-16 CW regular season record: 2-18, 6th in Explorer Division

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 54.4 PPG, 16th

Defence: 73.3 PPG, 15th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 9.2 – Angela Driscoll, G

Assists per game: 2.4 – Kate Waring, G

Rebounds per game: 6.6 – Becky Nash, F

Blocks per game: 2.0 – Becky Nash, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Maria Blanco Belver / G / 1 / Logrono, ESP / Catholic High School

Marnie Garner / G / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / William Aberhart High School

Abbey Gillette / F / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Robert Thirsk High School

Erin Kehrig / F / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Bishop Grandin High School

Marina Kehrig / F / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Bishop Grandin High School

Keara McCallum / G / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Centennial High School

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program): 

Melissa Moore / F / Calgary, Alta. / 3

 

Key performer:

Angela Driscoll

Guard

5th-year

Calgary, Alta.

Angela Driscoll has been the undisputed leader of the Cougars over her last four seasons with the program. Angela has established herself as one of the most tenacious defenders in the conference, leading all of Canada West with 3.2 steals per game. She also managed to cultivate her offensive game, leading MRU in scoring last season with 9.2 points per game.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES

2015-16 CW regular season record: 3-17, 6th in Explorer

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 58.2 PPG, 14th

Defence: 72.9 PPG, 14th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 17.5 – Maria Mongomo, F

Assists per game: 2.6 – Hannah Pudlas, G; Maria Mongomo, F

Rebounds per game: 7.0 – Maria Mongomo, F

Blocks per game: 1.3 – Vasiliki Louka, Post

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Madison Landry / F / 1st / Prince George, BC / Duchess Park Secondary

Kassidy Dick / F / 1st / Prince George, BC / Nechako Valley Secondary

 

Key performer:

Maria Mongomo

G/F

2nd-year

Las Palmas, SPA 

Maria Mongomo comes into the 2016-17 campaign looking to follow up on a strong debut that saw her become the first Timberwolf in school history to earn Canada West and CIS All-Rookie recognition despite playing just 12 games due to visa issues. Mongomo is formidable at both ends of the court, and her all-around game makes her teammates on the floor better.

 
 

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA COUGARS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 17-3, 2nd Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 4-3, 2nd in Canada West / 6th in CIS

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2013 / 2

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 2001 / 1

 

2015 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 77.5 ppg, 2nd

Defence: 61.3 ppg, 7th

 

2015 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 16.3 – Charlotte Kot, F

Assists per game: 5.1 – Sidney Dobner, G

Rebounds per game: 8.6 – Charlotte Kot, F

Blocks per game: 1.0 – Alyssia Kajati, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Angela Bongomin / P / 1st / Regina, Sask. / Luther College HS

Kyia Giles / G / 1st / Winnipeg, Man. / Sisler HS

Kyanna Giles / G / 1st / Winnipeg, Man. / Sisler HS

Ainsley MacIntyre / F / 5th / Sydney, N.S. / Dalhousie University

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Kehlsie Crone / G / Moose Jaw, Sask. / 4

Sidney Dobner / G / Newbury Park, Calif. / 2

Alyssia Kajati / F / Regina, Sask. / 5

 

Key performer:

Charlotte Kot

Forward

5th-year

Regina, Sask.

Charlotte Kot was a second-team All-Canadian for the Cougars last season after leading the team in both points (16.3) and rebounds (8.6) per game during the conference schedule. Also a two-time Canada West all-star, Kot just returned from Asia where she combined with three other Cougars to earn a silver medal while representing the U of R and U Sports at the 3x3 FISU World League in Xiamen, China. She’s one of three fifth-year players on this year’s roster along with Katie Polischuk and Ainsley MacIntyre.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES

2015-16 CW regular season record: 18-2, 1st Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 7-0, 1st Canada West & CIS

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015-16 / 4

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 2015-16 / 1

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 79.5 PPG, 1st

Defence: 57.3 PPG, 2nd

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 17.2 – Laura Dally, G

Assists per game: 3.6 – Sabine Dukate, PG

Rebounds per game: 9.0 – Dalyce Emmerson, F

Blocks per game: 1.5 – Dalyce Emmerson, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Libby Epoch / G / 1 / Moose Jaw, SK / Peacock Collegiate

Summer Masikewich / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / St. Francis High School

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Dalyce Emmerson / F / Prince Albert, SK / 5

Laura Dally / G / Bright’s Grove, Ont / 2

Kelsey Trulsrud / G / Saskatoon, SK / 5

Desarae Hogberg / G / Regina, SK / 4

Taya Keujer / F / Coaldale, AB / 5

 

Key performer:

Sabine Dukate

Point Guard

2nd-year

Ventspiils, Latvia

The lone returner to the CIS champion Huskies’ lineup, Sabine Dukate will once again be counted on to be the quarterback for the team. In her rookie season, the 5-9 Arts & Science student played in all 20 conference games averaging 28.5 minutes. She averaged 13.1 points per game and 3.6 assists.

 

THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY WOLFPACK

2015-16 CW regular season record: 15-5, 2nd Explorer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 0-2, lost in CW play-in series

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence:  69/5 Points Per Game

Defence: # PPG, rank

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 12 – Emma Piggin, G

Assists per game: 2.7 – Taiysa Worsfold, G

Rebounds per game: 9.2 – Kassie Colonna, F

Blocks per game: 0.8 – Kassie Colonna, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Cassie Rerick / G / 3 / Prince George, BC / UNBC

Audrey Rankin / G / 3 / Upper Marlboro,MD / John Wood Community College

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Taiysa Worsfold / G / Kamloops, BC / 5

Kassie Colonna / F / Invermere, BC / 4

Sarah Malate / G / Calgary, AB / 4

 

Key performer:

Michelle Bos

Guard

3rd-year

Surrey, BC

She will be counted on heavily depending on the return of Emma Piggin. Bos had a brilliant rookie season, but suffered through a bit of a sophomore jinx as a lot of attention was paid to her after being a CIS and CW Rookie All-Star the year previous.

 

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY SPARTANS

2015-16 CW regular season record: 8-12, 7th in Pioneer Division

2015-16 post-season record: 1-2, 9th (tied)

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 0

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 63.2, 11th

Defence: 71.8, 12th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 14.2 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F

Assists per game: 5.1 – Luca Schmidt, G

Rebounds per game: 6.7 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F

Blocks per game: 0.6 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Juliet King / F / 1 / Duncan, B.C. / Duncan Christian

Julia Marshall / G / 1 / Langley, B.C. / Brookswood

Grace Guderyan / F / 1 / Calgary / St. Francis

Teanna Bradshaw / F / 1 / Oshawa, Ont. / O’Neill CVI

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Kristin Ford / F / Okotoks, Alta. / 5

 

Key performer:

Kayla Gordon

Forward

4th-Year

Prince George, B.C. 

Gordon has a motor that never quits and will once again be both an emotional leader for the Spartans as well as an on-court producer. Last year, she averaged 12.3 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and 1.5 steals per game and this year she looks primed to take yet another big step forward in her game.

 

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA VIKES

2015-16 CW regular season record: 9-11, 6th Pioneer

2015-16 post-season record: 2-3, tied for fifth

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2000-01 / 20

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 2002-03 / 9

 

2015 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 70.6 PPG, 6th

Defence: 72.9 PPG, 13th

 

2015 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 16.2 – Jenna Bugiardini, F

Assists per game: 3.1 – Jenna Krug, G

Rebounds per game: 9.3 – Jenna Bugiardini, F

Blocks per game: 0.9 – Nicole Karstein, F

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Aleah Ashlee / G / 1 / Comox, B.C. / Mark Isfeld Secondary

Krysten Mullen / F / 1 / Stoney Creek, ON / St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary

Calli McMillan / G / 1 / Victoria, B.C. / Claremont Secondary

 

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Emily Jentsch / F / Summerland, B.C. / 3

 

Key performer:

Jenna Bugiardini

Forward

5th-year

Hamilton, ON

Bugiardini is a leader both on offence and defence for a team that is set to host the national championship in March. The fifth-year forward is just as comfortable playing in the post as she is shooting from outside. From Hamilton, Ontario, Bugiardini led the Vikes in scoring and rebounding, while playing over 30 minutes a game last season.

 

UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG WESMEN

2015-16 CW regular season record: 8-12, 12th

2015-16 post-season record: DNQ

 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 0

Last U Sports championship / total U Sports championships: 1994-95, 3

 

2015-16 CW regular season ranks:

Offence: 62.8 – 12th

Defence: 69.9 – 10th

 

2015-16 CW regular season leaders:

Points per game: 15.9 – Megan Noonan, G

Assists per game: 3.4 – Kerri Kuzbyt, G

Rebounds per game: 6.2 – Skylar Boulanger, P

Blocks per game: 0.9 – Skylar Boulanger, P

 

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):
Antoinette Miller / G/ 4 / Phoenix, AZ / University of Saskatchewan
Augusta Kievisaite / G / 3 / Kaunas, Lithuania / Cleveland State CC

 

Key performers:

Megan Noonan, Guard, 5th, Winnipeg, MB
Kerri Kuzbyt, Guard, 5th, Winnipeg, MB

Fifth-year guards Megan Noonan and Kerri Kuzbyt return for their fifth and final years looking to close out their university careers on a winning note. Noonan was named a Canada West All-Star last year after leading the Wesmen in scoring with 15.9 points per game, her scoring abilities are one of the keys to the Wesmen success. Kuzbyt is the playmaker on the team, leading the team in assists. She will be relied upon once again to set up the offense, provide strong defensive pressure and leadership qualities to the team.