Dalyce Emmerson named WBB Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year

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March 5, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – In a true definition of MVP, Dalyce Emmerson was at the centre of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ women’s basketball success in 2013-14. Consistently the best player on the court, Emmerson is both the Canada West Player of the Year & Defensive Player of the Year.

Averaging a double-double, Emmerson, a 6-3 Post, sat second in the Canada West in scoring with 19.2 points per game and first in rebounds with 11. 6 per game. The totals put her fourth in scoring and second in rebound in the nation. The third-year Kinesiology student also had the second-best field goal percentage in the conference and CIS at .601 and led the nation in blocks with 63, averaging 3.3 per game. 

In 2013-14, Emmerson led the Huskies in scoring in 13 of her 19 games played this season. Breaking a Huskie record, she recorded 26 rebounds in a single game in 2013-14 and set her career-high with 32 points in another. 

“Dalyce has had a tremendous season,” said Huskie head coach Lisa Thomaidis. “She is a game-changer at both ends of the floor, and is a huge reason why our team has experienced the success it’s had this year. Her mental and physical toughness, along with her eagerness to learn, are two of her most impressive attributes. We are so proud of the progress that Dalyce has shown in three short years with us, and that is a testament to her work ethic and intelligence.”

Emmerson was also named a Canada West First Team All-Star. It is her third straight all-star selection.

Rookie of the Year, Sydney Williams of the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, made a tremendous impression in her first Canada West season. The native of Langley, BC started in 21 of the WolfPack’s 22 games. She was 8 th in Canada West in three point field goals made (average of 1.9 per cent). She was also 8th in the league in defensive rebounds (5.1 average).  Williams led the WolfPack three times in rebounds this season with the most being 11 against Manitoba on January 31, 2014. She averaged 7.4 points per game and saw 28.4 minutes of court time.

WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves said, “We are very happy for Syd. She is a tremendous athlete and has been a great addition to our women’s basketball program. She trains very hard and her work ethic in contagious to the rest of our team.”

Sophomore Alberta Pandas guard Jaime Norum has been named Canada West nominee for the Tracy MacLeod Award.

Presented annually at the CIS women’s basketball national championship awards banquet, the Tracy MacLeod award is bestowed upon a student-athlete who displays incredible determination, perseverance and an unwavering spirit to continue playing the game of basketball.

In her second season of eligibility, but fourth with the team, Norum has been a living definition of the award criteria. In her debut CIS season (2010-11), the talented point guard from High River, Alberta blew out her knee in her first game and had to miss the remainder of the season. After a surgery and a long rehabilitation process, Norum was slated to return to the Pandas in 2012, but while traveling with Athletes in Action, a group committed to using sport and religion to change lives, in Africa, Norum wrecked the exact same knee, and the exact same ligament, and was forced to undergo another surgery and rehabilitation process and missed the entire 2012-13 season as a result.

Finally, on the eve of her second comeback from debilitating knee injuries, Norum had to contend with massive flooding in the summer of 2013 that ruined much of her family’s home in southern Alberta.

But, through it all, Norum’s resolve and dedication never wavered. Two knee surgeries and two rehabilitations, on the same knee, as well as her family home almost being completely washed away, was all put behind her, and she finally stepped on the court with her Pandas’ teammates in fall of 2013 for her first CIS game in three years. She ended up playing in 18 regular season games for Alberta in 2013-14, as well as two playoff games so far.

She is the just the second member of the Pandas program to be nominated for the award, and the first since 2011.

“Everyone involved with Pandas basketball is thrilled for Jaime” said Pandas head coach Scott Edwards. “Having been there to see the toughest of times for this young athlete, we are inspired every day by her perseverance, work ethic and attitude. The impact she has had on our program cannot be measured. She challenges everyone involved with this program to be a better athlete, student and person.”

Second-year UBC Thunderbirds guard Jaime Hills is the Canada West’s nominee for the Sylvia Sweeney Award.

The North Vancouver, B.C. native exemplifies the UBC women’s basketball motto of “Striving for excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”

Hills has dedicated her life to helping others. Since 2009, she has organized an annual event for underprivileged children (ages 4-11) at Vancouver’s Strathcona Community Centre, which includes a basketball camp, brunch, Christmas presents and a visit with Santa Claus. 

She participates in community outreach projects through UBC basketball and serves as a Community Outreach Captain with events such as the annual Holiday Hamper program, Shoot for the Cure and fall clinics for the Vancouver Girls Basketball Association.

Last May, she and 11 other members of UBC Athletics travelled to San Vincente, El Salvador as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Program and spent two weeks helping build homes for needy families. Hills also helped organize the collection of donated goods (clothes, sports equipment, toys, toiletries) for those families. Working extra shifts in her summer job, Hills was able to sponsor a child in El Salvador to attend school for the year.

Also last year, she raised money and awareness for cancer research as part of Relay for Life, a 12-hour overnight track relay event.

On campus, she is actively involved as a staff reporter with the student newspaper, The Ubyssey. This summer, Hills will be volunteering as a lifeguard at Camp Good Times,a summer camp for children fighting cancer. She is also proposing a Big Sister-type program for UBC student-athletes and the local community.

“Jaime has a perspective and a maturity beyond her years. Since Grade 8 she has taken the initiative and found ways to support and assist those in need. She has not just been a participant but an active, engaged organizer, said Thunderbirds head coach Deb Huband. “She has brought these attributes to UBC Basketball and although only in her second year and already had a tremendous impact on others. She is a leader with a huge heart who believes that even small acts of kindness and generosity contribute to a healthier, more connected society. We are fortunate to have Jaime as part of our community and I learn from her perspective and positive approach to life every day.”

For the second time in his eight year career, Scott Edwards has been named Coach of the Year. Edwards guided the University of Alberta Pandas to a 20-2 regular season record in 2013-14, as well as a team record 19 straight wins, and now the Pandas are set to host the Canada West Final Four championship beginning on Friday night at the Saville Community Sports Centre.

The Duncan, B.C. native first won the Canada West coach of the year honour in his rookie season, 2006-07, the same year he took the Pandas to the CIS silver medal.

This win represents the fourth time the U of A Pandas basketball head coach has won the award

“Scott Edwards has done a tremendous job with the Pandas Basketball program,” noted University of Alberta Athletic Director Ian Reade. “The Pandas set a team record with 19 consecutive wins, which is an outstanding accomplishment in a league with parity at the top, significant amount of travel, and back to back games against the same opponent. All of these factors making a winning streak and a 20-2 season even more incredible.”

AWARDS

Player of the Year: Dalyce Emmerson, Saskatchewan

Rookie of the Year: Sydney Williams, Thompson Rivers

Defensive Player of the Year: Dalyce Emmerson, Saskatchewan

Tracy MacLeod Award nominee: Jaime Norum, Alberta

Sylvia Sweeney Award nominee: Jaime Hills, UBC

Coach of the Year: Scott Edwards, Alberta

ALL-STARS (alphabetical order by surname)

First Team                                          Second Team

Andria Carlyon, Alberta                        Jenna Bugiardini, Victoria

Nicole Clarke, Regina                           Stephanie Kleysen, Winnipeg

Cassie Cooke, Brandon                       Aieisha Luyken, Fraser Valley

Dalyce Emmerson, Saskatchewan         Harleen Sidhu, UBC

Kris Young, UBC                                 Kim Veldman, Lethbridge 

All-Rookie Team

Kayla Gordon, Trinity Western

Janine Guijt, Regina

Sara Simovic, Lethbridge

Alicia Tan, Mount Royal

Sydney Williams, Thomson Rivers

Award winners & All-Stars with previous honours…

Jenna Bugiardini, Victoria

2013 CW Rookie of the Year & CIS All-Rookie

Nicole Clarke

2012 CW 2nd All-Star

2011 Tracy MacLeod Award nominee

2009 CW Rookie of the Year & CIS All-Rookie

Dalyce Emmerson

2013 CW 1st All-Star

2012 CW Rookie of the Year, CW 2nd All-Star & CIS All-Rookie

Aieisha Luyken

2013 CW 2nd All-Star

Kris Young

2013 CW MVP, CW 1st All-Stars & CIS 1st All-Canadian

2012 CW 2nd All-Star

2012 CIS Tournament All-Star

Award winners become finalists for Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) awards, to be handed out at a gala event on March 14 during championship week as the University of Windsor hosts CIS Nationals, March 14-16.

The University of Alberta Pandas host this weekend’s conference Final Four on Friday and Saturday. The Saskatchewan Huskies face the Regina Cougars in one Friday semifinal, while the Host Pandas take on the Fraser Valley Cascades on Friday night. Bronze and Gold medal matches will be played on Saturday. Finalists will qualify for the CIS national championship tournament, with one at-large berth to be awarded across CIS.

All games are LIVE on http://canadawest.tv.

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