EDMONTON – Saskatchewan Huskie Sabine Dukate leads the conference awards pack, as the Latvian has been named the 2018-19 Canada West Women's Basketball Player of the Year.
The veteran guard earned the award after being selected by the conference's 17 women's basketball head coaches, who picked all six of the CW major awards announced Thursday.
Dukate was one of two Huskies to earn an individual award, as teammate Summer Masikewich (F) claimed the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Saskatchewan is set to host the CW Women's Basketball Championship Game this Friday night in Saskatoon. The game is set for 7 p.m. CST and can be seen live on SaskTel max TV channels 49/349 in Saskatchewan, along with TELUS Optik TV on channels 998/9998 in Alberta and British Columbia.
The game is also available on Canada West TV.
Along with Dukate and Masikewich, Trinity Western's Nicole Fransson (F - Rookie of the Year), UBCO's Jordan Korol (F - Student-Athlete Community Service), and Alberta's Brooklyn Legault (F - Courage Overcoming Adversity) also claimed awards.
Calgary's Damian Jennings rounds out the individual honourees, as he was named the CW Coach of the Year.
COURAGE OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: Brooklyn Legault
North Vancouver, B.C.
Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation
After claiming the Canada West and U SPORTS Rookie of the Year award in 2016, Alberta Panda Brooklyn Legault has had to work for every moment on the court.
The third-year forward suffered a broken foot in November of 2016, return to action in February of 2017, only to suffer a shoulder injury which proved significant.
After battling injuries for the better part of two seasons, Brooklyn showed grit and determination to get back on the court, as she played 16 games this season for Alberta, averaging just under 20 minutes per game.
The stingy defender made her presence felt, finishing sixth in the conference with 19 blocks for the 15-5 Pandas.
Coach's comments: "When Brooklyn joined our program we knew she was going to be a special player. There are, unfortunately, many athletes who have been injured, missed seasons and returned to play. There are fewer still who have had to do this multiple times during their careers. Brooklyn has, through surgery, rehab, her own doubts and challenges, been able to succeed due to sheer will and determination. Brooklyn is an example of what hard work, a positive attitude and a never quit mentality can do. It's just a treat to watch her play again and succeed in the game she loves." – Alberta Head Coach Scott Edwards.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sabine Dukate
Arts & Science
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Nicole Fransson
Trinity Western Spartans
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Summer Masikewich
Arts & Science
STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jordan Korol
UBC Okanagan Heat
COACH OF THE YEAR: Damian Jennings