By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball program is pleased to announce the commitment of forward Kristen Monasterski for the 2012-13 season.

“This is a big step forward for our young team, to acquire a player with Kristen’s experience and ability,” said Vikes assistant coach and former UVic basketball player Dani Sinclair. “Kristen is a tremendous leader and competitor and has accomplished great things in her time at Grant McEwan. In Kristen, we get a high quality post player with a great feel for the game. She will make an immediate impression and we are all very excited to have her join our team next season.”

Monasterski, from Marwayne, Alberta, spent three seasons of collegiate basketball with the Grant MacEwan University Griffins in Edmonton, Alta. from 2009-12. Striving for a Bachelor of Arts, this student-athlete helped the Griffins go a perfect 34-0 from their pre-season until entering the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association championship. The Griffins qualified for the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) national tournament as the top-seed after they captured their first-ever Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) title under head coach Rob Poole.

The Griffins did well to move into the CCAA national semi-final after a 87-65 victory over Toronto. Unfortunately, Ste. Foy served the Griffins their first loss of the year, 67-61, sending the Griffins to compete for the bronze medal. Monasterski and her MacEwan squad finished fourth overall.

For her performances with the Griffins, Monasterski was given several individual nods for the 2011-12 season including being named an ACAC first team All-Star, a CCAA All-Canadian and the ACAC player of the year.

In October 2011, Monasterski was named Grant MacEwan’s athlete of the week after she helped the Griffins to three victories in one weekend at the Concordia University College of Alberta tournament. The six-foot-two forward scored 23 points against St. Mary’s in the 87-33 win and added 16 points in the 112-63 win over Keyano.

Monasterski was a threat right from the beginning, as she was honoured as the most improved player in her rookie season and in only her second year of play was named an ACAC first team all-star and Grand MacEwan’s female athlete of the year for 2010-11.

The Vikes women’s program, led by head coach Rich Chambers and assistant coach Dani Sinclair, are very pleased and excited to welcome Monasterski to the UVic program for the 2012-13 season.

Kristen Monasterski

HEIGHT: 6’2″


HOMETOWN: Marwayne, Alberta

HIGH SCHOOL: Marwayne Jubilee High School

PREVIOUS SCHOOL: Grant MacEwan University