Who to Watch in 2020 – U Sports Women’s Basketball

Hughes, Vanessa
Waterloo’s Vanessa Hughes is one name to watch in the second half of the 2019-20 season. (Source: Waterloo Athletics) (Header: McGill Athletics)

SARNIA, Ont. — Canada is home to its share of talent from coast to coast.

Too often, those names fly under the radar and don’t get the attention they deserve.

With the second half of the 2019-20 season set to get underway, we took a look through rosters from coast to coast to see which players deserve more attention. With that, we’ve come up with a list of 48 names, one from each Women’s Basketball team at the U Sports level, as players who you should keep a closer eye on for the 2020 portion of the season.

These players may not necessarily be the top scorers or the biggest producers for their respective team. However, they all serve key roles with their respective programs, and should play integral roles during the stretch run.

On Twitter (@CCR_Canada), a thread was published for the 48 players you’ll see below. A bit more insight was put into the thread, so be sure to check that out.

Below, you’ll find the full list of all 48 names of the players to keep an eye on over the Winter Semester, along with their stat line from the first half.

Acadia AxewomenSarsha Cadle
3rd Year / Forward / 6’1″ / Melbourne, Australia
9.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 4.1 apg; 50.0% FG, 73.9% FT


Alberta PandasClaire Signatovich
1st Year / Forward / 6’1″ / Winnipeg, Man.
5.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg; 45.1% FG


Algoma ThunderbirdsThais Matte
4th Year / Guard / 5’4″ / Caxias Do Sul, Brazil
8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg; 35.3% FG, 100.0% FT


Bishop’s GaitersJael Kabunda
1st Year / Guard / 6’0″ / Montreal, Que.
17.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg; 40.0% FG, 75.0% FT


Brandon BobcatsAdrianna Proulx
4th Year / Forward / 5’10” / Thompson, Man.
8.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.2 apg; 30.2% FG, 66.7% FT


Brock BadgersSam Keltos
3rd Year / Forward / 6’3″ / St. Catharines, Ont.
13.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 apg; 42.6% FG, 35.7% 3PT


Calgary DinosSascha Lichtenwald
5th Year / Guard / 5’10” / Saskatoon, Sask.
11.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.5 apg; 50.0% FG, 41.4% 3PT, 84.6% FT


Cape Breton CapersMaia Watling
2nd Year / Forward / 6’3″ / Palmerston North, New Zealand
7.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.3 apg; 56.7% FG, 66.7% FT


Carleton RavensKali Pocrnic
1st Year / Guard / 5’4″ / Oakville, Ont.
6.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg; 39.0% FG, 48.1% 3PT


Concordia StingersNikita Telesford
4th Year / Forward / 6’1″ / Pickering, Ont.
13.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg; 54.0% FG, 57.9% FT


Dalhousie TigersChelsea Slawter-Wright
5th Year / Guard / 5’6″ / Dartmouth, NS
12.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.3 apg; 32.9% FG, 80.0% FT


Fraser Valley CascadesDeanna Tuchscherer
1st Year / Forward / 6’1″ / Chilliwack, BC
12.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg; 36.0% FG, 62.5% FT


Guelph GryphonsMacKeely Shantz
1st Year / Guard / 5’11” / Plattsville, Ont.
9.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3.2 apg; 32.7% FG, 82.1% FT


Lakehead ThunderwolvesLily Gruber-Schulz
4th Year / Forward / Grand Marais, Minnesota
7.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.6 apg; 34.8% FG, 66.7% FT


Laurentian VoyageursKayla Deschatelets
4th Year / Guard / 5’5″ / Timmins, Ont.
14.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.1 apg; 39.3% FG, 67.2% FT


Laurier Golden HawksKate Moran
1st Year / Forward / 6’4″ / Waterloo, Ont.
6.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg; 40.7% FG, 83.3% FT


Laval Rouge et OrCarrie-Ann Auger
3rd Year / Guard / 5’3″ / Ottawa, Ont.
10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg; 34.0% FG, 75.0% FT


Lethbridge PronghornsJessica Haenni
3rd Year / Guard / 5’5″ / Millet, Alta.
12.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg; 40.7% FG, 80.0% FT


MacEwan GriffinsMackenzie Farmer
3rd Year / Guard / 6’1″ / Sherwood Park, Alta.
11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg; 45.7% FG, 88.5% FT


Manitoba BisonsLauren Bartlett
1st Year / Guard / 5’4″ / Winnipeg, Man.
11.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg; 44.0% FG, 57.7% 3PT, 81.8% FT


McGill MartletsSirah Diarra
5th Year / Center / 6’1″ / Longueuil, Que.
10.5 ppg, 8.5 ppg, 1.0 apg; 37.3% FG, 90.0% FT


McMaster MaraudersOlivia Wilson
4th Year / Forward / Lion’s Head, Ont.
12.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.7 apg; 48.6% FG, 68.0% FT


Memorial Sea-hawksSammi Deakin-Sharpe
4th Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Brisbane, Australia
12.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.4 apg; 45.6% FG, 71.2% FT


Mount Royal CougarsJenika Martens
1st Year / Forward / 5’10” / La Crete, Alta.
9.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.3 apg; 50.9% FG, 65.5% FT


Nipissing LakersKylea Galipeau-Wilson
Guard / Ottawa, Ont.
6.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.2 apg; 41.3% FG, 33.3% FT


Ontario Tech RidgebacksVanessa Budimunda
1st Year / Center / 6’2″ / Montreal, Que.
8.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg; 49.0% FG, 48.5% FT


Ottawa Gee-GeesTyra Blizzard
5th Year / Guard / 5’7″ / Ottawa, Ont.
10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.1 apg; 38.2% FG, 84.2% FT


Queen’s GaelsSophie de Goede
3rd Year / Forward / 6’0″ / Victoria, BC
11.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.0 apg; 30.8% FG, 54.5% FT


Regina CougarsEmily Dewey
2nd Year / Forward / 6’1″ / Winnipeg, Man.
13.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 apg; 43.0% FG, 67.2% FT


Ryerson RamsHayley Robertson
5th Year / Guard / 5’8″ / Toronto, Ont.
8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.1 apg; 27.8% FG, 58.8% FT


Saint Mary’s HuskiesLucina Beaumont
1st Year / Forward / 6’0″ / Fredericton, NB
7.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 apg: 23.9% FG, 72.4% FT


Saskatchewan HuskiesKatriana Philipenko
3rd Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Saskatoon, Sask.
8.1 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 1.1 apg; 48.9% FG, 43.3% 3PT


StFX X-WomenBriar MacDonald
1st Year / Forward / 6’3″ / Antigonish, NS
11.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.9 apg; 37.0% FG, 38.1% 3PT


Thompson Rivers Wolfpack Leilani Carney
5th Year / Guard / 5’8″ / Burnaby, BC
11.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg; 29.2% FG, 90.6% FT


Toronto Varsity BluesEllen Ougrinov
2nd Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Mississauga, Ont.
10.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg; 33.6% FG, 31.3% 3PT


Trinity Western SpartansNicole Fransson
2nd Year / Forward / 6’2″ / Edmonton, Alta.
18.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.5 apg; 50.4% FG, 84.0% FT


UBC Okanagan HeatJordan Korol
5th Year / Forward / 5’11” / Coldstream, BC
12.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 0.7 apg; 39.4% FG, 33.3% 3PT


UBC ThunderbirdsJessica Hanson
5th Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Vancouver, BC
12.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.8 apg; 41.2% FG, 84.2% FT


UNB RedsGrace Simpson
5th Year / Wing / Fredericton, NB
8.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg; 39.6% FG, 33.3% 3PT


UNBC TimberwolvesEmma vanBruinessen
4th Year / Forward / 5’11” / Leduc, Alta.
8.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.0 apg; 44.7% FG, 76.2% FT


UPEI PanthersKarla Yepez
4th Year / Guard / 6’0″ / Quito, Ecuador
7.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.1 apg; 28.8% FG, 20.0% 3PT


UQAM CitadinsClara Blachier
4th Year / Forward
9.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.2 apg; 37.5% FG, 71.4% FT


Victoria VikesKristy Gallagher
5th Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Sidney, BC
11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg; 41.9% FG, 42.9% 3PT, 83.3% FT


Waterloo WarriorsVanessa Hughes
2nd Year / Guard / 5’5″ / Hamilton, Ont.
10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg; 29.0% FG, 75.5% FT


Western MustangsJulia Curran
5th Year / Forward / 6’1″ / Waterloo, Ont.
11.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg; 36.4% FG, 63.8% FT


Windsor LancersMaggie Denys
1st Year / Guard / 5’9″ / Chatham, Ont.
5.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 0.8 apg; 38.3% FG, 70.0% FT


Winnipeg WesmenAnna Kernaghan
1st Year / Guard / 5’7″ / Winnipeg, Man.
10.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.9 apg; 38.4% FG, 80.8% FT


York LionsKatrina Collins-Samuels
5th Year / Guard / 5’5″ / Hamilton, Ont.
11.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg; 42.2% FG, 70.3% FT


– T. Bennett

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