Scoring 12 of the Pandas 17 points in their season-opener, third-year Alberta Panda Ali Wicklum paced the Pandas to a 17-10 win over the Lethbridge Pronghorns, and has been named the UAlberta Sherlock Holmes Athlete of the Week.
The 2017 Canada West all-star scored a pair of tries in the first half, while also adding a convert on her second major score, to lead the Pandas to their first win of the season. It’s also the first win for the Pandas since the 2016 season, after going 0-4 in conference play a year ago.
The third-year Business student also played a crucial role in stopping the Pronghorns comeback late in the second half, adding a handful of key tackles inside their own 30 yard line. The game was also the first of two in the Ric Suggitt Cup, which honours the late coach who spent time with both rugby programs.
Wicklum and the Pandas will head on the road for the next two weeks of the season, before returning to Foote Field on October 4th for a match against the Calgary Dinos.