Sydney, NS – The Cape Breton University Women's Basketball Program will begin their regular season schedule on the road, November 3rd as they travel to New Brunswick to play the UNB Varsity Reds. The CAPERS are coming off a season that saw them win the AUS championship for the first time since 2010-11. The CAPERS finished the 2016-17 regular season with a 13-7 record, good enough for 3rd place. CBU's Alison Keough (Marion Bridge, NS) was named AUS first-team all-star and Colleen Keane was named AUS 2nd-Team All-Star. Keough was second in conference scoring with 19.3 PPG and 1st in rebounding at 9.9 Reb/G. Keough was also named 1st Team U Sports All-Canadian for her efforts.
Head Coach Fabian McKenzie is returning for his 19th season in charge of the women's program. Under McKenzie's watch, the CAPERS have captured 6 AUS titles. When asked about his team goals for the season, McKenzie gave a familiar answer, "The team goal every year is to make the playoffs." The Playoffs are something that CBU has qualified for in 16 of the last 18 years.
The CAPERS recruiting class this time around has brought 4 new players. 6'1 F Sarah Hiscock (Mount Pearl, NFLD) add some size to a talented frontcourt. Ava Prosser (Johnstown, ON) and import Alexus King (Temple Hills, MD) were new additions to the backcourt. Also joining the backcourt is local recruit MacKenzee Ryan (Glace Bay, NS). Ryan is the daughter of current Cape Breton University Athletic Director and former Men's Basketball star John Ryan (1990-1995).
Some key returnees from last year's championship team are current AUS MVP Alison Keough, 5th-year point guard Valentina Primossi (Trieste, IT), 4th-Year post player Hannah Brown (North Sydney, NS) and 5th-year player Sandra Amoah (Toronto, ON). The CAPERS did lose some quality veterans from the championship squad. Perennial All-Star Colleen Keane and guards Jalynn Skeir and Natasha Roach have all graduated from the program leaving opportunities for current and new players to fill some valuable roles. With the expected turnover and new players coming in, Coach McKenzie says "Nothing carries over from last season, it's a new season, different team and new faces. He's hoping to build an identity with this team on both ends of the court with a different style of play."
The CAPERS women's basketball program will look to continue their strong presence in the local community and will be connected with several community groups throughout the year.
CBU's home opener is November 10th, when they play host to the Saint Mary's Huskies. Tip-off will be at 6 pm.