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BROWN NAMED 3RD TEAM ALL-STAR, FRANSSON ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

BROWN NAMED 3RD TEAM ALL-STAR, FRANSSON ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western fifth-year guard Jessie Brown (Langley) capped her Spartans career by being named a Canada West 3rd Team All-Star, while first-year teammate Nicole Fransson (Edmonton) was named to the Canada West All-Rookie Team.

Brown finished third in the conference in 3-pointers with 54 while shooting 38.3 per cent from beyond the arc, which put her fifth in Canada West. All told, Brown finished with 12.9 points per game, putting a tidy bow on an impressive career in which she finished as the all-time Canada West leader in 3-pointers per game, averaging 2.725 over her five years at TWU. Brown also finished second all-time in total 3-pointers with 272.

Meanwhile, Fransson launched her university career by averaging 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in her first year as a Spartan. Fransson also finished eighth in the conference in shooting percentage, at 47.5 per cent.

The conference unveiled it's three all-star teams Thursday, along with its all-rookie squad, ahead of this weekend's best-of-three conference semifinals.

Leading the all-star charge on the first team was the province of Manitoba, as three products of the Keystone Province were named to the top team by the conference's 17 head coaches, who selected the all-star and all-rookies. Keylyn Filewich (UBC), Kyanna Giles (Regina), and Faith Hezekiah (Winnipeg) all hail from Manitoba, which was the only province represented on the top CW team.

Joining the trio on the first team were two international talents – Latvia's Sabine Dukate (Saskatchewan), and Greece's Vasiliki Louka (UNBC). The pair headline a combined five international players honoured by the conference.

In terms of team representation, the Saskatchewan Huskies and UBC Thunderbirds tied for the most honourees, with two players earning all-star status, along with one all-rookie apiece.

The conference's top individual honours will be announced on Thursday, February 28, when Canada West's six major award winners will be released.

You can watch some of the conference's top talent in action this weekend, as Saskatchewan hosts Lethbridge in one conference semi, while Calgary and Regina go head-to-head in the other.

All games in the best-of-three series can be seen live on Canada West TV.

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
G / Sabine Dukate / Saskatchewan / 4 / Ventspiils, Latvia
F / Keylyn Filewich / UBC / 3 / Winnipeg, Man.
G / Kyanna Giles / Regina / 3 / Winnipeg, Man.
F / Faith Hezekiah / Winnipeg / 4 / East St. Paul, Man.
F / Vasiliki Louka / UNBC / 5 / Athens, Greece

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
G / Kacie Bosch / Lethbridge / 4 / Lethbridge, Alta.
G / Amira Giannattasio / Victoria / 5 / Hamilton, Ont.
G / Emma Kary / Alberta / 3 / Calgary, Alta.
F / Summer Masikewich / Saskatchewan / Calgary, Alta.
G & F / Erin McIntosh / Calgary / 4 / Calgary, Alta.

THIRD ALL-STAR TEAM
G / Jessie Brown / Trinity Western / 5 / Langley, B.C.
F / Taylor Claggett / Fraser Valley / 4 / Mission, B.C.
F / Maria Mongomo / UNBC / 4 / Las Palmas, Spain
G / Maddison Penn / UBC / Avoca Beach, Australia
G / Taylor Randall / Manitoba / 3 / Dundas, Ont.

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
G / Hailey Counsell / UBC / Port Moody, B.C.
F / Ashley De Sousa Martins / Saskatchewan / Saskatoon, Sask.
F / Nicole Fransson / Trinity Western / Edmonton, Alta.
G / Maddison Hooper / Mount Royal / Perth, Australia
G / Abby Zawada / Fraser Valley / Richmond, B.C.

About Canada West
Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW 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.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.

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