After missing the Canada West playoffs in 2017-18, the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack women’s basketball team plan to not make that a habit as they look towards this season.
Head coach Scott Reeves has four key players entering their fifth and final year of athletic eligibility and will rely on all of them to be key contributors.
Michelle Bos (Surrey, BC) along with longtime teammates Emily Vilac, Kanesha Reeves and Emma Piggin (all Kamloops, BC) will all have big roles on the team. Piggin is a former member of Canada’s junior national team program. Bos, Vilac and Reeves are all USPORTS Academic All-Canadians. Bos led the team in scoring last year averaging 12.7 points per game.
Other veterans expected to contribute will be fourth year guards Leilani Carney (Burnaby, BC) and Maddy Neumann (Calgary, AB).
Jordon Haggarty (Saskatoon, SK) was named to the Canada West all-rookie team at guard this past season. She started 18 of 20 league games in her first year, averaging 7.6 points per game
Other second year players who saw court time in their rookie campaigns and should blossom in their second year include Megan Rouault (Vernon, BC) and Makayla Hoey (Parksville, BC).
Recruiting efforts in the off season netted some skill and height. High school recruits coming in are: Emily Ferguson (5’7”, guard, Kamloops, BC-NorKam Secondary/Triple Threat), Brooklyn Golt (6’0”, forward, Langley, BC-Brookswood Secondary/BC United), Jenae John (6’2” post, St.Albert, AB-Paul Kane High School), and Lauren Walkley (5’6” guard, Kamloops, BC—South Kamloops, Secondary).
Reeves is assisted again this year by Chuck Ferguson (Emily’s father) and Cindy Russell.