by Nicole Betker
March 5, 2014 (ISN) – University of Saskatchewan forward Dalyce Emmerson was honoured with multiple awards Wednesday as the Canada West announced its major award winners and conference all-stars.
Emmerson, a forward from Prince Albert, Sask., was named the Canada West MVP, Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and a Canada West First Team All-Star. It is her third straight all-star selection and the second major award of her collegiate career after being named Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2011-12. A Saskatchewan player has been named the top defensive player in three of the last four seasons.
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 rebounding 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 and the Huskies advanced to the Canada West Final Four with a 2-1 series win over the UBC Thunderbirds on the road in the Canada West quarter-finals. Saskatchewan will take on Regina, Friday at 6 p.m. in the Canada West semifinal in Edmonton.
Emmerson moves forward as a nominee for the Nan Copp CIS Player of the Year award and the CIS Defensive Player of the Year award. The CIS award winners will be announced March 13 at the CIS Women’s Basketball Championship Awards Dinner in Windsor, Ont.