BRANDON, MB – Glenlawn Collegiate Institute graduate Kristen Young will be suiting up for the Brandon University Women’s Basketball team this fall. The 6’1” post player will add defense and scoring to the Lady ‘Cats inside game.
Glenlawn Head Coach Bryan Kornberger shares his excitement at Kristen’s selection in praising her potential, “Kristen plays defense like no other, she was the best shot blocker in the province this past season, with an uncanny knack to block the shot, catch the ball or tip it to a team mate. She is a good strong defensive rebounder and can attack in the low post both facing, or with her back to the basket.” Kornberger continues, “this past season Kristen averaged 10 points per game, 13 rebounds per game, four blocked shots per game and three assists per game, with a 65% shooting average.”
Head Coach Jaime Hickson agrees. “I think Kristen has a great opportunity to further develop her skills to where she can become a threatening competitor in the CIS. She has a solid foundation and we will look at developing her physicality and aggressiveness further this season. We are excited to be adding immediate interior defense and presence.”
“I chose BU because of its reputation for excellence. I have the opportunity to play at the highest level and get a quality education.” says Young. “I felt at home when I was here and family support is important to me. It just feels right.”
Young’s high school performance earned her an invitation to play in the MBCA graduating All-Star game and was a member of Basketball Manitoba’s Developmental Provincial Teams in 2005 and 2006.
Hickson is also pleased to announce that local talent Alanna Johnston, of Vincent Massey Collegiate, will also be joining the roster as a team red shirt (or practice player). Johnston has committed herself to the program, hoping to build on her skills and experience in preparation for a CIS basketball career with the Bobcats. Hickson explains, “Alanna has great deal of potential and learns quickly. We feel that by giving her a year of experience in a higher tempo, physically challenging environment; we can best prepare her for our 2010-2011 season. We want to build on her strength, physical presence and confidence in attacking and defending her check one-on-one.”
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