May 21, 2013, Langley, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western women’s basketball team bolstered its presence in the front court with the signing of forwards Brooke Pattyn (Winnipeg) and Ana Lomavatu (Williams Lake, B.C.) Tuesday.
The duo will immediately improve a Spartans team that lacked size last year and will help to give TWU a stronger presence on the glass.
The two join forward Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) and guard Jenna Bracken (Sherwood Park, Alta.) to form Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul’s 2013 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-1 Pattyn, who will graduate this spring from Fort Richmond Collegiate, comes to the Spartans having played for Manitoba’s provincial teams each of the past three years while also competing at the club level with Team Mayhem.
“We are really excited to welcome some much-needed size into the program,” Jean-Paul said. “Brooke brings an inside presence and a nice shooting touch to our team. We’re looking forward to training with her and developing her into a great CIS post. It’s great to finally get a Winnipeg athlete into the fold. This program has had some solid alumni who have come from there in the past and Brooke will definitely be joining that group of Complete Champions.”
Pattyn plans to study Art & Design at TWU.
“I chose TWU because I found it was the best fit for me,” Pattyn said. “I liked the smaller campus and the location is amazing. I’m excited to be a part of the basketball program here and to become a Spartan.”
Pattyn’s high school coach Allison Laferty added: “Brooke is one of the most coachable athletes that I’ve worked with. She is a tireless worker who leads by example. Her size inside was a tremendous asset for our team this year. She is a low post scorer, but she also has the mobility to play outside. She will be a great addition to the TWU program.”
The 5-foot-10 Lomavatu will graduate from Williams Lake Secondary this spring after a year in which she averaged 17.8 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game playing at the centre position.
During her Grade 12 season, Lomavatu earned MVP honours at five different tournaments and, for the second consecutive year, was named a First Team All-Star for B.C.’s North Central Zone.
“We are excited to welcome Ana to the Spartan’s women’s basketball program,” Jean-Paul said. “She is a great fit for where we’re heading and will really excel at TWU. She’s a great student and she embodies the Complete Champion Approach while also bringing solid athleticism to our roster. Coming from Williams Lake, she is a diamond in the rough with raw abilities that our staff is excited to develop.
“She is a tremendous rebounder and she gives us gritty defensive play while also already demonstrating an ability to move well on the court. Her intelligence, work ethic, strength and explosiveness will all be great tools for her to use to develop into a solid CIS student-athlete.”
In her Grade 11 year, Lomavatu was also named her high school’s top female athlete.
“For the last two years, Ana has been a player her teammates have looked up to,” said Lomavatu’s high school coach, Raj Lalli. “She has worked hard during the off-season to improve her fitness, ball handling and her outside shot. She has put in the effort to narrow the gap between her abilities and her potential. Ana has the ability to score in and out of the key, and defensively her presence in the lane is overwhelming for opponents.”
The honour roll student plans to study human kinetics while at TWU.
“While I’m attending TWU to pursue human kinetics, I’m very excited to join the Spartan’s team, especially as it gives me the opportunity to learn from the senior players and the coaches,” Lomavatu said. “I know I’ll be stretched and challenged and I’m looking forward to this opportunity God provided.”