Sydney N.S – The Debbie Ruiz Memorial Basketball Tournament will be held on the Cape Breton University Campus at the Sullivan Field House. The women's tournament will feature 4 teams including the University of Nipissing, University of Quebec de Montreal, St.Francis Xavier University and the host Cape Breton University CAPERS.
Oct. 19th
6pm Nipissing vs St.FX
8pm CBU vs UQAM
Oct. 20th
5pm UQAM vs St.FX
7pm CBU vs Nipissing
Oct. 21st
10am Nipissing vs UQAM
12pm CBU vs St.FX
From Montreal, QC, Debbie was a member of the women's basketball team from 2004-2007, and was an assistant coach in 2008. A two-time AUS All-Star, Debbie was the driving force behind the CAPERS 2006 AUS Championship win and CIS silver medal – the first national medal for the CBU women's basketball program. Debbie graduated with her BBA degree in 2008.Debbie was a champion on and off the court. She demonstrated a competitive desire, passion and courage each time she competed in a CAPERS uniform. She was an inspirational leader, committed to her community, specifically with regard to helping young girls involved in sports. Sadly, Debbie passed away from cancer in July of 2016. This tournament and scholarship is intended to incorporate some of the characteristics that made Debbie unique and to help ensure that the memory, spirit, and ideals that she represented are kept fresh in the minds of all CAPERS female athletes.