CALGARY - The Mount Royal Cougars women's basketball program is pleased to announce it's recruiting class for the 2018-19 season. This year's class includes six players all hailing from top high school and club programs from Alberta.
"We are excited to welcome all six members of this year's recruiting class to MRU," said Cougar women's basketball head coach Nate McKibbon. "When identifying potential Cougars this year, we stressed competitive people with a demonstrated history of success. We feel that this group can contribute from day one and help our program climb the Canada West table. Next year's team will be young but should put an exciting product on the floor each and every night."
The Canada West women's basketball schedule for the upcoming season will be released in June.
Alesha Stanley joins MRU from Paul Kane High School in Edmonton. In her three years playing senior basketball, she helped lead her team to the provincial tournament each year. No stranger to championships, she was a key member of the 2017 U17 Junior Griffins program that won the PEBL league. Stanley is a long guard that has a great feel for the game. For the past three years, she has been a member of Team Alberta culminating in a fourth place finish at Canada Summer Games in 2017.
Cameron Engen capped off her high school basketball career by winning provincial championships with her Centennial High School teammates. In the championship final, she hit four three's and was the second leading scorer for the Coyotes with 16 points. Engen finished her club career playing with Vision Basketball Academy playing for former Cougar athlete Erin Hogan. Engen can play multiple positions because of her length and skill set.
Kansas Long is an athlete who excels in almost every sport she attempts. In her time at Raymond High School, she has participated in basketball, volleyball, rugby and track. This year she was recognized as a second team all-star in volleyball and a first team all-star in basketball. Currently, she is competing for her third straight top two finish in provincial rugby (silver in 2016, gold in 2017). Long improved her scoring by over 12 points per game this year, which highlights her potential on court.
Kennedy Horn is a local athlete who played high school basketball at St Mary's and grew up playing for the Calgary Basketball Academy club. In her last year at St Mary's, she helped lead the Saints to a sixth place finish at provincials. This was her second time at provincials, only missing her grade 11 year when she was recovering from knee surgery. Horn is a tough minded guard who loves to defend and do the little things to make teams successful.
Maddison Hooper joins the Cougars from Perth, Australia. In her final year in high school, Maddy was named athletics champion girl. She has represented Western Australia at the Australian Nationals for the past three years. At Nationals in 2018, she averaged the fifth highest overall ppg at 14.29. At the same event she had a tournament high of 30 points against the silver medalists. She has made the Western Australian Basketball League All-star team for the last four years. In this last season she was the leading overall scorer and averaged 16.7 ppg. Maddy is a versatile long guard and a strong shooter.
Maitlynn Miller has been one of the one of the top guards in the south for the past three years, starting at Catholic Central and finishing off at Lethbridge Collegiate. In 39 career league games, she scored 542 points while being named first team league all-star in her grade 11 and 12 years. In her grade 10 year, Miller played a major role in helping her Catholic Central team win zones and place third at provincials. Miller is a long, athletic guard who can make an impact on both sides of the ball.
Sarah Rinsky was a three-year starter at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton. During that time, she helped her team amass a record of 97-9 culminating in a provincial championship in her grade 11 year. Sarah is recognized as one of the best shooters in the province and has represented Team Alberta for the past three summers including last year at Canada Summer Games where they finished fourth.