WBB: 2018-19 season preview

WBB: 2018-19 season preview

Canada West Communications

EDMONTON – Basketball season has officially reached Canada West, as the conference season opens tonight.

Last season it was the Regina Cougars and Saskatchewan who were the cream of the crop, as the Wheat Province duo met in both the CW championship game, and the national semis. While Regina emerged victorious for the conference crown, it was the Huskies who earned a spot in the national final with a win over the Cougars on their home floor.

The pair are expected to be just as good this season, as Saskatchewan topped the annual preseason coaches poll, while Regina was right behind their provincial rival.

Now it's time for the two CW powers, and the rest of the conference, to settle things on the floor.

You can watch the entire CW women's basketball season on Canada West TV – the official streaming home of the conference. You can purchase a pass by clicking here.

To get you set for the season, here's a look at every conference team.

Click here for the complete 2018-19 regular season schedule.


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 6th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 11-9, 7th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-2, lost to TWU in CW quarter-final

Head coach: Scott Edwards (13th season) / 189-65 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1999 / 1 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 63.0 PPG, 14th
  • Defence: 63.4 PPG, 4th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 11.8 – Emma Kary, G
  • Assists per game: 2.9 – Elle Hendershot, F
  • Rebounds per game: 12.3 – Elle Hendershot, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.8 – Elle Hendershot, F 

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

  • Neve Murray / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Genesis Basketball
  • Shae McCusker / F / 1 / Regina, SK / Team Saskatchewan U17
  • Morgan Mudge / G / 1 / Edmonton, AB / Team Alberta U17
  • Abby Morrison / G / 1 / St. Albert, AB / Junior Pandas 

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

  • Elle Hendershot / F / Lubbock, Texas / 5

Key performer:

  • Emma Kary
  • Guard
  • 3rd-year
  • Calgary, AB

Without their leading scorer and team captain from last season in forward Elle Hendershot, the focal point of the offence switches to third-year wing Emma Kary. Kary led the team in scoring with just under 12 points per game in 2017/18, and has already upped her total in the exhibition season, averaging nearly 20.

With no fifth-year players, the youthful Pandas will need an all-star caliber season from the Calgary, Alta. product to make their fourth U SPORTS tournament appearance in six years.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 14th

2018-19 CW regular season record: 3-17, 15th

2018-19 post-season record: Missed playoffs

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2018-19 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 69.8 PPG, 7th
  • Defence: 82.5 PPG, 17th

2018-19 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 16.6 - Keisha Cox, G
  • Assists per game: 3.0 – Keisha Cox, G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.7 - Keisha Cox, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.4 – Lauren Anderson, F

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

  • Josie DeGagne / G / 4 / Brandon, MB / Minot State University
  • Kendal Russell / G / 1 / Strathmore, AB / Chestermere High
  • Laney Harder / F / 1 / Winkler, MB / Garden Valley Collegiate

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

  • Keisha Cox / G / San Marcos, CA / 3
  • Stephanie Hunter / F / Brandon, MB / 5
  • Kinsley Ransom / F / Boissevain, MB / 5
  • Keegan Robinson / F / Hamiota, MB / 5
  • Mikaela Stanton / G / Oceanside, CA / 4
  • Amy Williams / F / Moose Jaw, SK / 5 

Key performer:

  • Lauren Anderson
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Winnipeg, MB

Lauren Anderson will be looked to anchor the Bobcats on both ends of the floor. As the lone fifth year, Lauren will be counted both on offence, as last year’s second leading scorer behind Keisha Cox, as well as provide the backbone to the ‘Cats defence. After playing the three previous seasons at Brandon after transferring from the University of Winnipeg, Anderson will provide leadership as well as scoring and rebounding for a young team that graduated six seniors from last year.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 4th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 10-10, 9th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 1-2, lost to Regina in CW quarter-final

Head coach: Deb Huband (24th season) / 314-161 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2015 / 8

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

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 64.7 PPG, 12th
  • Defence: 64.9 PPG, 7th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 18.8 – Maddison Penn, G
  • Assists per game: 3.1 – Jessica Hanson, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.9 - Maddison Penn, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.7 – Marcie Schlick, F

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

  • Hailey Counsell / G / 1 / Port Moody, BC / Heritage Woods Secondary
  • Kate Johnson / G / 2 / Kelowna, BC / UBC Okanagan
  • Tanis Metcalfe / F / 1 / North Vancouver, BC / Carson Graham Secondary 

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

  • None

Key performer:

  • Maddison Penn
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Avoca Beach, Australia

Entering her fourth year with the Thunderbirds, Maddison Penn can expect to once again be mentioned among the top shooting guards in the entire conference. 

Named a Canada West first-team All Star for the second straight season in 2017-18, the product of Australia’s Canberra Capitals program finished second in Canada West points per game with 18.8. Penn led the ‘Birds in field goal attempts, three pointers sunk, and total rebounds per game last season.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 17th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 0-20, 17th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Bobby Mitchell (1st season) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: none

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 53.2 PPG, 17th
  • Defence: 76.0 PPG, 15th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 7.3 – Emma Johnson, G
  • Assists per game: 1.9 – Vanessa Botteselle & Kate Johnson
  • Rebounds per game: 6.1 – Jordan Korol, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Jordan Korol, F 

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

  • Martina Mason / G / 4 / Mill Creek, WA / Quest University
  • Braxtyn Horbay / G / 2 / Camrose, AB / UBC Okanagan Heat Soccer
  • Claire Mitchell / G / 3 / Calgary, AB / University of Waterloo
  • Katie Punia / G / 1 / Langely, BC / Southridge Secondary
  • Josi Debruyn / G / 1 / Cultus Lake, BC / Sardis Secondary
  • Amanda Pearson / F / 1 / Surrey, BC / Fraser Heights Secondary
  • Mackenzie Horst / F/ 1 / Vernon, BC / Team BC 

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

  • Shenelle Tamminen / F / Calgary, AB / 5
  • Carly Corrado / G / Kelowna, BC / 4
  • Emma Johnson / G / Kelowna, BC / 3
  • Emma Jonas / G / Surrey, BC / 2
  • Kate Johnson / G / Kelowna, BC / 1

Key performer:

  • Jordan Korol
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • Coldstream, BC 

The Heat are going to rely heavily on Korol’s experience and rebounding ability all season as the young team is under-sized compared to Canada West standards. Korol has averaged at least six rebounds a contest in the past two seasons with the team, along with over six points a game in this span. The Arts student has been a staple for the Heat since joining the program in 2015, starting 53 Canada West games in this span which is the most among active Heat players.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 3rd

2017-18 CW regular season record: 15-5, 5th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 3-2, Canada West bronze medallists, U SPORTS consolation winners

Head coach: Damian Jennings (7th season) / 82-42 (Canada West reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2001 / 8

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1989 / 1

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 74.8 PPG, 4th
  • Defence: 56.4 PPG, 1st

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 13.9 – Brianna Ghali, G/F
  • Assists per game: 2.3 – Liene Stalidzane, PG
  • Rebounds per game: 6.7- Brianna Ghali, G/F
  • Blocks per game: 0.6 – Bobbi Jo Colburn, F/G

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

  • Sascha Lichtenwald / G / 4 / Saskatoon, Sask. / University of Saskatchewan
  • Kiki Knox / G / 3 / Tacoma, Wash. / Central Arizona College
  • Brittany Janzen / C / 1 / Cochrane, Alta. / Cochrane HS

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

  • Brianna Ghali / G/F / Calgary, Alta. / 5
  • Hillary Annich / G / Sturgeon County, Alta. / 3
  • Shannon Hatch / F / Arzo, SUI / 2

Key performer:

  • Bobbi Jo Colburn
  • Forward
  • 3rd-year
  • Cranbrook, B.C.

 

As she enters her third year with the Dinos, Bobbi Jo Colburn will look to continue her rise. After averaging better than 10 points per game last season, the Dinos will look to her to contribute some of the offence lost with the graduation of Brianna Ghali and Shannon Hatch, along with teammate Erin McIntosh.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 12th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 8-12, 12th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to Victoria in CW play-in game

Head coach: Al Tuchscherer (17th season) / 130-123 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 64.5 PPG, 13th
  • Defence: 67.1 PPG, 9th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 17.2 – Shayna Litman, F
  • Assists per game: 2.8 - Sara Simovic, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.7 – Taylor Claggett, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.7 – Katelyn Mallette, F 

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

  • Natalie Rathler / F / 1 / Langley, B.C. / Walnut Grove Secondary
  • Elissa Vreugdenhil / F / 2 / Sumas, Wash. / Whatcom Community College
  • Abby Zawada / G / 1 / Richmond, B.C. / R.A. McMath Secondary 

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

  • Shayna Litman / F / Coquitlam, B.C. / 5
  • Sara Simovic / G / Nanaimo, B.C. / 2 

Key performer:

  • Taylor Claggett
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • Mission, B.C.

Over her previous three seasons with the Cascades, Claggett has established herself as one of the elite forwards in Canada West. Last season she averaged 13.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, the latter figure good for fifth in the conference. She also finished top-10 in CW in minutes played (32.4 per game), and will be looked to for leadership this season on a young UFV squad.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 9th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 11-9, 8th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to UBC in CW play-in game

Interim Head coach: Dave Waknuk (1st season)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 1993 / 1

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 69.4 PPG, 10th
  • Defence: 69.0 PPG, 10th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 12.2 – Kacie Bosch, G/ Zoe Dahl, G
  • Assists per game: 2.8 - Kacie Bosch, G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.8 – Katie Keith, W
  • Blocks per game: 0.6 – Jessica Zarowny, F

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

  • Asnate Fomina / G / 4 / Riga, Latvia / Fordham Rams 

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

  • Zoe Dahl / Guard / Calgary, AB / 5 

Key performer:

  • Kacie Bosch
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Lethbridge, AB

Kacie Bosch brings her dynamic athletic ability to the floor for the Pronghorns and brings her team first mentality and leadership to the team off of the court.  Bosch was amongst the team leaders in points, rebounds and assists last season and will be continued to be relied upon during the 2018 / 2019 season. 

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 16th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 4-16 / 14th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Katherine Adams (3rd season) / 11-29 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 53.8 PPG, 16th
  • Defence: 65.6 PPG, 8th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 13.3 – Kayla Ivicak, G
  • Assists per game: 2.5 – Paige Knull, G
  • Rebounds per game: 9.0 – Kayla Ivicak, G
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Hallie Watt, F 

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

  • Rachel Hare / G / 1 / Kelowna, BC / Kelowna Secondary
  • Anna Mbuyi / F / 5 / Edmonton, AB / Lakeland College
  • Hayley Lalor / G / 1 / Red Deer, AB / Lindsay Thurber
  • Jenna Sullivan / P / 1 / Sherwood Park, AB / Archbishop Jordan
  • Madison McTighe / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Bowness 

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

  • Paige Knull / G / St. Albert, AB / 5
  • Kerilynn MacLennan / F / Winnipeg, MB / 5
  • Hallie Watt / F / Calgary, AB / 1 

Key performer:

  • Kayla Ivicak
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • St. Albert, AB 

Pound-for-pound perhaps the most intense competitor in Canada West, the 5-foot-8 Ivicak often beats bigger players to boards and earns points and steals through pure elbow grease.

With nine double-doubles in 2017-18, Ivicak set a new school record for the most in a Canada West campaign. Can she repeat the feat in her final university season of eligibility?

Ivicak’s hustle and work ethic sets the tone for a team that plays scrappy defence and prides itself on a lunch-pail work ethic.

She played the most minutes by a Griffin in MacEwan’s Canada West history last season (averaging 31.8 a game) and will be relied upon to be a workhorse again if her team is to get back to the post-season after missing out on the dance in 2017-18.

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 11th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 9-11, 11th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to Alberta in CW play-in

Head coach: Michele Sung (5th season) / 15-66 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: none

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1997 / 3 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 69.6 PPG, 9th
  • Defence: 71.8 PPG, 12th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 16.8 – Taylor Randall, G 
  • Assists per game: 3.6 – Taylor Randall, G
  • Rebounds per game: 7.7 – Nicole Konieczny, G 
  • Blocks per game: 1.9 – Claire Harvey, F  

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

  • Brooke Evason / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Centennial Coyotes
  • Emerson Martin / F / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Dakota Lancers

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

  • None 

Key performer:

  • Nicole Konieczny
  • Guard
  • 4th-year
  • Regina, SK 

A consistent scoring threat through her time with the Bisons, guard Nicole Konieczny heads into the 2018-19 season looking to continue the success she’s had over the last three seasons. 

In 2017-18, Konieczny averaged 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, showing off her ability to grab boards and start Manitoba’s break effectively.

Her season was highlighted by a 41-point outburst on Saturday, January 6 against the Lethbridge Pronghorns, where her 16 made field goals were the third most ever in a Canada West game. Konieczny was named the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Week for her efforts. 

 


 

2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 15th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 1-19, 16th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Nate McKibbon (4th Season) / 7-53 (Career CW reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 56.3 PPG, 15th
  • Defence: 77.8 PPG, 16th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 12.7 - Gala Mestres, G
  • Assists per game: 2.5 - Michelle Tiffany, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.0 - Becky Nash, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.9 - Becky Nash, F 

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

  • Faye Graff / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / Faith Academy
  • Sarah Rinsky / G / 1 / Leduc, AB / Jasper Place HS
  • Maitlynn Miller / G / 1 / Lethbridge, AB / Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
  • Kennedy Horn / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / St Mary's HS
  • Alesha Stanley / G / 1 / St Albert, AB / Paul Kane HS
  • Kansas Long / G / 1 / Raymond, AB / Raymond HS
  • Cameron Engen / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Centennial HS
  • Maddison Hooper / G / 1 / Perth, AUS / Western Australian State Basketball League 

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

  • Gala Mestres / G / Barcelona, ESP / 1 
  • Becky Nash / F / Pickering, ON / 3
  • Erin Kehrig / F / Calgary, AB / 2

Key performer:

  • Charity Marlatt
  • Forward
  • 2nd-year
  • Cranbrook, BC 

Marlatt is going into her second year with MRU, and her fourth year at the post-secondary level.  She made great contributions last year coming off the bench for Becky Nash and promises to build on her numbers from last year.  She is the 4th best returning scorer, leading returning rebounder and had the highest FG% of any Cougar last season. She promises to raise her numbers significantly with a bigger role and more minutes. 

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 5th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 9-11, 10th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 0-1, lost to Winnipeg in CW play-in

Head coach: Sergey Shchepotkin (6th) / 26-76 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 69.8 PPG, 7th
  • Defence: 71.5 PPG, 11th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 18.2 – Vasiliki Louka, F
  • Assists per game: 3.1 – Madison Landry, G
  • Rebounds per game: 12.2 – Vasiliki Louka, F
  • Blocks per game: 1.1 – Vasiliki Louka, F 

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

  • Julia Gallant / G / 3 / Victoria, BC / Quest University
  • Lucy Guan / G / 1 / Vancouver, BC / Britannia Secondary
  • Cevanna Carlson / F / 1 / Turner Valley, AB / Foothills Composite

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

  • Kylie Pozniak / G / Okotoks, AB / 5
  • Emily Aase / F / Prince George, BC / 5

Key performer:

  • Vasiliki Louka
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Athens, Greece

Standing six-foot-three with a soft touch and good footwork, Louka is a dominant force in the Canada West paint. Coming off a season that saw her finish top five in the conference in points per game, rebounds per game, and blocks per game, the native of Athens enters her fifth season at UNBC with high expectations. Along with Maria Mongomo (18.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.1 SPG) and Madison Landry (14.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.1 APG) Louka forms one of the most potent trios in the conference, for a team looking to make noise in the CW playoffs.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 2nd

2017-18 CW regular season record: 18-2, 1st

2017-18 CW post-season record: 3-0, CW champs (3rd U SPORTS)

Head coach: Dave Taylor (13th season) / 202-52 (Career CW reg. season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2018 / 3

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

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 84.2 PPG, 1st
  • Defence: 59.5 PPG, 3rd 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 17.3 – Kyanna Giles, G
  • Assists per game: 3.5 – Sara Hubenig, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.2 – Kyanna Giles, G
  • Blocks per game: 1.8 – Christina McCusker, F 

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

  • Macaela Crone / F / 2 / Moose Jaw, Sask. / Louisiana Tech University
  • Gabby Kukura / G / 1 / Regina, Sask. / Campbell Collegiate
  • Madeleine Tell / G / 1 / Regina, Sask. / Luther College HS 

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

  • Charlotte Kot / P / Regina, Sask. / 5
  • Sara Hubenig / G / Regina, Sask. / 5 

Key performer:

  • Kyanna Giles
  • Guard
  • 3rd-year
  • Winnipeg, Man.

Now in her third year with the Cougars, Kyanna Giles is well on her way to becoming one of the most decorated players in the program’s history. She was named the U SPORTS Rookie of the Year in 2017 and followed that up with second-team All-Canadian honours this past season. Giles is ranked fourth in school history in points per game (15.1), second in rebounds per game (7.7), and second in steals per game (2.5).

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 1st

2017-18 CW regular season record: 17-3, 2nd

2017-18 post-season record: 6-4, lost to Regina in CW championship (2nd U SPORTS)

Head Coach: Lisa Thomaidis (20th season) / 247-147 (Career CW regular season record) 

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2017 / 5

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2016 / 1 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 82.2 PPG, 2nd
  • Defence: 58.6 PPG, 2nd 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 16.9 – Sabine Dukate, G
  • Assists per game: 4.2 – Libby Epoch, G
  • Rebounds per game: 6.9 – Summer Masikewich, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.9 – Megan Lindquist, F

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

  • Ashley de Sousa Martins / F / 1 / Saskatoon, SK / U18 Canadian Ntl. Team
  • Carly Ahlstrom / G / 1 / Calgary, AB / U18 Canadian Ntl. Team 

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

  • Madeline Humbert / G / Saskatoon, SK / 5
  • Megan Lindquist / F / Saskatoon, SK / 5 

Key performer:

  • Summer Masikewich
  • Forward
  • 3rd-year
  • Calgary, AB

Fresh off a trip to the Commonwealth Games, Summer Masikewich will once again be an integral component to the Huskies success in her third year of eligibility. 

A dominant presence in the paint, Masikewich finished last season averaging 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. The native of Calgary is a the forefront of a Huskies team that appears poised to once again be one of the premier programs in the nation after finishing second in both the Canada West and U SPORTS National Championships one year ago.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 13th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 8-12, 13th

2017-18 CW post-season record: Missed playoffs

Head coach: Scott Reeves (13th season) / 98-139 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 65 PPG 11th
  • Defence: 73.8 PPG, 14th 

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 12.7 - Michelle Bos
  • Assists per game: 2.7 - Shenise Sigsworth
  • Rebounds per game: 6.3 - Shenise Sigsworth/Michelle Bos
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 - Emily Vilac 

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

  • Jenae John / F / 1 / St. Albert, AB / Paul Kane Secondary

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

  • Emma Piggin / G / Kamloops, BC / 4

Michelle Bos

Guard/forward

5th-year

Surrey, BC 

A leader on and off the court.  She will be pressed to be dominant at both ends of the court on this rookie laden squad.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 8th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 16-4, 3rd

2017-18 CW post-season record: 2-3, 5th

Head coach: Cheryl Jean-Paul (9th season) / 63-103 (Canada West reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 70.5 PPG, 6th
  • Defence: 64.3 PPG, 6th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 18.4 – Tessa Ratzlaff, F
  • Assists per game: 3.6 – Sarah Buckingham, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.7 – Kayla Gordon, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Kayla Gordon, F 

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

  • Nicole Fransson / F / 1 / Edmonton / Archbishop MacDonald
  • Jaya Bannerman / G / 1 / Chilliwack, B.C. / GW Graha
  • Jolene Vlieg / G / 1 / Leduc, Alta. / Leduc Composite
  • Nicole Peters / F / 1 / Abbotsford, B.C. / MEI

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

  • Kayla Gordon / F / Prince George, B.C. / 5
  • Ashleigh Barnes / F / Oceanside, Calif. / 3

Key performer:

  • Tessa Ratzlaff
  • Forward
  • 5th-year
  • Abbotsford, B.C.

A two-time Canada West All-Star, Tessa Ratzlaff, who was named to the First Team last season, comes into the 2018-19 campaign set to help lead the Spartans on both the scoreboard and the glass. With the departure of both Kayla Gordon and Ashleigh Barnes, Ratzlaff will be tasked with taking on an even larger role within the Spartans forward ranks. She was third in Canada West last year with 18.4 points per game, while adding 7.8 rebounds per game. In her fifth year with the Spartans, look for Ratzlaff to take charge in all aspects of the game and lead a TWU crew set on building upon last year’s historically successful season.

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 7th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 16-4, 4th

2017-18 post-season record: 1-2, lost to Calgary in CW quarter-finals

Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2000 / 18

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2003 / 9 

Head Coach: Dani Sinclair (6th season) / 65-37 (Career CW reg. season record)

2017-18 CW regular season ranks: 

  • Offence: 76.2 PPG, 3rd
  • Defence: 72.4 PPG, 13th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 17.9 – Amira Giannattasio, G
  • Assists per game: 4.2 – Kristy Gallagher, G
  • Rebounds per game: 8.0 – Marissa Dheenshaw, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.5 – Marissa Dheenshaw, F, Ashlyn Day, G, Kristy Gallagher, G 

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

  • Roza Kalashnikoff / F / 1 / Kelowna, B.C. / Kelowna Secondary

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

  • None 

Key performer:

  • Amira Giannattasio
  • Guard
  • 5th-year
  • Hamilton, ON

Amira Giannattasio enters her fifth and final year as a University of Victoria Vikes starting guard. The 2017 U SPORTS All-Rookie Team member has been a leading scorer for the Vikes throughout all four seasons so far and has not shown any signs from slowing that heading into 2018-19 season. In the 2018 pre-season Giannattasio scored 21 and 24 points in the Vikes’ opening exhibition games of the season against UNBC. On the road, Giannattasio had a 30-point game in a win over Western, while she had 21 points in a victory over Alberta. In 2017-18, Giannattasio led the Vikes in scoring, averaging 17.9 points per game and finishing second in the conference in free throw percentage (86.8). 

 


2018-19 CW preseason coaches poll: 10th

2017-18 CW regular season record: 14-6, 6th

2017-18 CW post-season record: 2-2, lost to Saskatchewan in CW in quarter-final

Head coach: Tanya McKay (23rd season) / 217-137 (Career CW reg. season record)

Last CW championship / total CW championships: None

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 1995 / 3 

2017-18 CW regular season ranks:

  • Offence: 71.8 PPG, 5th
  • Defence: 64 PPG, 5th

2017-18 CW regular season leaders:

  • Points per game: 25.9 – Antoinette Miller, G
  • Assists per game: 4.8 – Antoinette Miller, G
  • Rebounds per game: 10.9 – Faith Hezekiah, F
  • Blocks per game: 0.9 – Skylar Boulanger, F 

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

  • Farrah Castillo / G / 3 / Rowland Heights, Calif. / Los Angeles Valley College
  • Deborah Nkiasi / F / 1 / Winnipeg, MB / Vincent Massey H.S.
  • Mikayla Funk / F / 1 / Winkler, MB / Northlands Parkway Collegiate 

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

  • Antoinette Miller/ G / Phoenix, Ariz. / 2
  • Skylar Boulanger / F / Winnipeg / 5 

Key performer:

  • Faith Hezekiah
  • Forward
  • 4th-year
  • East St. Paul, Man.

With the loss of Antoinette Miller, Hezekiah now becomes the unquestioned leader to help the Wesmen carry on. She has the capability to score the ball and gives U of W an unrelenting rebounder. The Wesmen will lean on her in a variety of situations.