by Mark Janzen
April 1, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western women’s basketball players Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) and Chantelle Martin (Surrey, B.C.) will get a chance to represent their home province as the duo will play for a B.C. Selects team in a three-game exhibition series against an under-18 squad from Japan, starting Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.
Gordon and Martin will join five of B.C.’s top 1997-born players along with four other local university athletes to form the B.C. Selects, which will compete against the majority of Japan’s U-18 team, which is in the process of finalizing its roster for the Asian Games.
“I think this is a great opportunity for both of them to be able to play with some of the top local university athletes,” said Spartans coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “For Kayla and Chantelle to be among that group is a big step for both of them as individuals but also for us as a program. The experience of playing at this level and getting some national team competition will be great for them and certainly will help us as a team down the road.
“We want to encourage our athletes to continue reaching out and reaching up and gaining experience at whatever level they can. For them to be to get to where they want to go, opportunities like this are invaluable.”
Gordon is coming off a year in which she was named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team after finishing fourth in team scoring with 6.9 points per game and third in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game. She averaged 23.9 minutes per game while playing in all 22 regular season games.
“For Kayla, having this type of experience this early in her career provides her a look at what it takes to play at an elite level,” Jean-Paul said. “I think she’ll learn a lot from this experience and that’ll bode well for our program moving forward.”
Martin, who will enter her fifth year of eligibility this fall, finished this past year with 6.1 points per game and 19.2 minutes per game.
The B.C. Selects, which are coached by former Canadian women’s national team coach Allison McNeill, will play Japan April 2nd and 3rd at the LEC and April 5th at UBC’s War Memorial Gym. All three games start at 7 p.m. Admission is by cash donation to KidSport B.C.
B.C. SELECTS vs. TEAM JAPAN
- April 2 (7 p.m.) — Langley Events Centre
- April 3 (7 p.m.) — Langley Events Centre
- April 5 (7 p.m.) — UBC War Memorial Gym
- Tayla Jackson (Brookswood)
- Lauren Yearwood (Oak Bay)
- Jane Grisley (Maple Ridge)
- Nicole Vander Helm (Holy Cross)
- Jess Hanson (Little Flower Academy)
- Erin Chambers (Simon Fraser)
- Aieisha Luyken (Fraser Valley)
- Harleen Sidhu (UBC)
- Jaime Hills (UBC)
- Chantelle Martin (TWU)
- Kayla Gordon (TWU)