The Camosun Chargers women’s basketball team netted their fourth consecutive win over the January 15-16 weekend with a pair of fiery road games against the Langara College Falcons and Quest University Kermodes. The Chargers advance to the number four spot in the conference standings with an improved record of 5-6 as PACWEST basketball enters Week 7 of competition.
Third-year forward and Chargers co-captain, Kelly Young, was instrumental in the squad’s weekend success earning her first PACWEST Athlete of the Week award with an impressive pair of double-doubles in Camosun’s 68-58 victory against Langara and their 64-60 defeat over Quest. In Friday’s match-up with Langara, Kelly scored 24 points with 14 rebounds. The next day against Quest, the 5’10” Oak Bay High grad followed up with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Defensively, she was able to slow the opposition’s biggest threats, playing two extremely well rounded games.
After her weekend performance, Kelly sits third in conference scoring and second in rebounds per game while co-captain Kathryn Candell (second-year guard from Pacific Christian) is second among the league’s leaders in scoring.
“We are building our team with a theme of unity, on the court and off,” stated Head Coach Carl Macdonald. “Our co-captains Kathryn Candell and Kelly Young are providing strong leadership and their determination to be the best they can be has influenced the rest of the team to step up.”
Coach Macdonald added, “Rachael Bakker has become a force under the basket rivalled by her twin sister Olivia. Our twin towers have been giving us double the fun and our opponents double the trouble since our return to action January 8. Jade Heavener and Isla Swanwick’s solid confidence on the floor and crucial rebounding have forced other teams to spread their defence contributing to our success. Our point guard, Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu, is a dynamo on the court. Her defence is impeccable and her quickness and timing are unique; she has had a large impact on our success.”
This weekend, the Chargers face two formidable foes as they play host to the #2 Douglas College Royals (10-1) and #3 Capilano University Blues (9-2).
“Both teams sit ahead of us in the standings,” said Coach Macdonald. “We won’t surprise them with our play after the last two weekends. However our execution is still a work in progress and we will be stronger by Friday. Our game plan isn’t going to change much from the last couple of weeks, we will work hard at executing and just as hard at enjoying the games. We have developed both an inside game and the ability to move the ball and create good scoring opportunities.”
In men’s action, the Chargers were defeated in both their weekend road games (Langara 81-76 Camosun; Quest 78-62 Camosun). With five recorded wins and 6 losses, Camosun sits in fifth position in the conference standings. The men will meet the #6 Douglas Royals (4-7) on Friday and face the #4 Capilano Blues (7-4) on Saturday.
Catch the Chargers basketball teams this weekend at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence. Games are also available live, on PACWEST TV:
Fri, Jan. 22 Camosun hosts Douglas Royals Women 6pm; Men 8pm
Sat, Jan. 23 Camosun hots Capilano Blues Women 1pm; Men 3pm