RATZLAFF NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR, GORDON SECOND TEAM ALL-STAR

RATZLAFF NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-STAR, GORDON SECOND TEAM ALL-STAR

LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) is the first Spartans women’s basketball player to ever be named a Canada West First Team All-Star, while teammate Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) joined her amongst the conference honourees as she was named a Third Team All-Star.

The Spartans leading duo helped guide TWU to its best season in program history, sparking the Langley-based side to a 16-4 regular season record and a third place finish in the Canada West standings. In the post-season, the front-court pair proved instrumental in TWU’s quarter-final sweep of Alberta, as the Spartans once again made history, earning a spot in the Canada West semifinals for the first time since the program joined the conference in 1999.

Ratzlaff had an outstanding season, finishing the year third in Canada West with 18.4 points per game to go with 7.8 rebounds per game. This is the second time Ratzlaff has been honoured at the conference level, after she was a Canada West Second Team All-Star last year.

In her fifth and final year as a Spartan, Gordon also was impressive both scoring and on the glass, averaging 13.8 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game. With her near double-double pace, Gordon helped the Spartans continue an impressive trajectory that has seen the program continually improve both its regular season record and playoff success in each of the past three years. Gordon capped her career by becoming the Spartans all-time leading scorer, finishing with 1,164 career points. She also finished her time at TWU second in career rebounding, grabbing 606 boards over her five years, which saw her come just three shy of tying the all-time Spartans mark (609 – Corina Boes (Reimer)). In her first year with TWU, 2013-14, Gordon was named the Canada West All-Rookie Team.

TWU has had three players previously earn Canada West Second Team All-Star nods, including Holly Strom (2012-13), Taylor Stuart (2005-06) and Ratzlaff (2016-17).

The Spartans open their best-of-three semifinal series against Saskatchewan Thursday in Saskatoon (5 p.m. PT). All games can be seen live at www.canadawest.tv.

In total, 13 of the conference’s 17 members are represented on at least one of the four teams. Leading the charge in terms of school representation are the Wesmen (G – Miller, F – Faith Hezekiah, and G – Robyn Boulanger) and Regina Cougars (G – Kyanna Giles, F – Charlotte Kot, and G – Carolina Goncalves) with three players each.

NOTE: The CW all-stars and all-rookies are selected by the conference’s 17 women’s basketball head coaches.

2017-18 CW Women’s Basketball All-Stars
FIRST TEAM
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Sabine Dukate / G / Saskatchewan / 3 / Ventspiils, Latvia
Kyanna Giles / G / Regina / 2 / Winnipeg, Man.
Antoinette Miller / G / Winnipeg / 5 / Phoenix, Ariz.
Maddison Penn / G / UBC / 3 / Avoca Beach, Australia
Tessa Ratzlaff / F / Trinity Western / 4 / Abbotsford, B.C.

SECOND TEAM
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Kristy Gallagher / G / Victoria / 4 / Sidney, B.C.
Brianna Ghali / G / Calgary / 5 / Calgary, Alta.
Elle Hendershot / F / Alberta / 5 / Lubbock, Texas
Vasiliki Louka / F / UNBC / 4 / Athens, Greece
Summer Masikewich / F / Saskatchewan / Calgary, Alta.

THIRD TEAM
Name / Position / University / Year / Hometown
Kayla Gordon / F / Trinity Western / 5 / Prince George, B.C.
Faith Hezekiah / F / Winnipeg / 3 / East St. Paul, Man.
Charlotte Kot / F / Regina / 5 / Regina, Sask.
Shayna Litman / F / Fraser Valley / 5 / Coquitlam, B.C.
Taylor Randall / G / Manitoba / 2 / Dundas, Ont.

2017-18 CW Women’s Basketball All-Rookies
Name / Position / University / Hometown
Robyn Boulanger / G / Winnipeg / Winnipeg, Man.
Ashlyn Day / G / Victoria / Kelowna, B.C.
Carolina Goncalves / G / Regina / Oeiras, Portugal
Jordan Haggerty / G / Thompson Rivers / Saskatoon, Sask.
Amy Mazutinec / W / Lethbridge / Stirling, Alta.

About Canada West
Canada West (CW) is the leading university athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel in the classroom and their communities. Canada West and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions

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