May 27, 2019 – It’s a big off-season of opportunity for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s basketball team.
After guiding her squad back to the ACAC playoffs last season, third year head coach Deanna Simpson is looking to use a strong recruiting class to continue her team’s transformation into a serious ACAC contender.
Simpson didn’t have to look far from home to get her 2019-20 recruiting class off to a strong start, as she is excited to announce the commitment of three southern Alberta products in Natalie Hoyt, Catriona Smith and Brooklyn Baker.
Hoyt is a southern Alberta native who joins the Kodiaks after playing her high school career at WR Myers in Taber. She graduated high school in 2017 but took a break from basketball for academic pursuits.
Now she’s back in the game, and Simpson says she will be a terrific two-way threat for the Kodiaks.
“She is a true two guard who can really shoot the ball and defend,” says Simpson. "We are looking forward to bringing her into our lineup, as she will add to the outside threats we already have and continue to make us deeper in the guard position.”
Smith is an LCI grad who comes to the Kodiaks with a great deal of talent but will join the team in a unique injury rehab situation.
“She has undergone quite a few surgeries during her high school career but has tremendous talent,” says Simpson. “We are most excited for the culture builder she is going to be throughout this year. She won't play in a game for us next season, but she will be a part of our team in every other aspect so that we can prepare for her debut in 2020.”
Simpson turned north to find Baker, who will join the Kodiaks after graduating from Foothills Composite in Okotoks. A multi-skilled guard, Simpson is excited to see her fit into the team’s system.
“Again we are adding to our depth at the guard position with a shooter, driver, and a ballhandler,” says Simpson. “Brooklyn has great work ethic and a great basketball sense. We are very much looking forward to adding her to our strong recruiting class for this year and especially in the years to come.”
Looking forward to 2019-20
The Kodiaks will begin training camp in September with ACAC conference play commencing in mid-October.