Emmerson and Miyazaki earn Canada West Honours

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(ISN) – University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball athletes Dalyce Emmerson and Katie Miyazaki were honoured by the Canada West Wednesday with major awards.

Making a big impression in her first season in the CIS, Emmerson was named Canada West Rookie of the Year.

Emmerson, a 6-3 forward, turned heads this season leading the Canada West and CIS with 10.5 rebounds per game. The Prince Albert, Sask., native is also a threat to score averaging 13.4 points per game – 11th best in the conference. Emmerson was a consistent thorn in opponent’s backs recording 11 double-doubles in the season. She is one of just two players in the country to average double digits in both rebounding and scoring.

“Dalyce has had one of the most outstanding rookie seasons of anyone that I have seen in the Canada West in my 14 seasons,” said Huskie head coach Lisa Thomaidis. “She has shown exceptional progress over the course of the season due to her intelligence and coachability. We are beyond excited to see what is next for Dalyce.”

Emmerson was also named a Canada West Second Team All-Star for her season.

For the third straight season, Miyazaki was named Canada West Defensive Player of the Year.

Helping the No. 3 ranked Huskies to a 10 game winning streak and a 17-5 conference record, the Graduate Studies student finished the 2011-12 season in the top 10 in three Canada West statistical categories. A threat to score, rebound and steal, the fifth-year Richmond, B.C., native led the Huskies and sat fourth in the conference averaging 15.2 points per game. Miyazaki, a guard, was also fourth in Canada West rebounding nabbing 142 boards – 40 offensive and 102 defensive – and seventh in assists with 76. She also helped the Huskies hold opponents to averaging just 62.5 points per game and 38 steals.

“Katie epitomizes the adage that great players make those around them better,” said Huskie head coach Lisa Thomaidis. “Unselfish almost to a fault, Katie has been a huge reason why our young team has overachieved this season. She has simply made everyone around her a better player. She is a difference-maker at both ends of the floor – something few athletes have the ability to do. She’s had a tremendous year.”

Miyazaki was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star for her season.

Both Emmerson and Miyazaki are in the running for the awards at the CIS level. Miyazaki also now eligible to be named a CIS All-Canadian and Emmerson a CIS All-Rookie. All will be announced at the CIS awards ceremony on March 16.

This weekend’s Canada West Final Four takes place in Regina, where Cougars host the Fraser Valley Cascades in one Friday night semifinal and the UBC Thunderbirds play the Saskatchewan Huskies in the other. All game can be seen live on www.canadawest.tv.Saskatchewan will host the West Regional tournament next week as team’s try to qualify for the Final 8.

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