Schuetze caps CIS career in style

Diane Schuetze earns CIS women’s basketball All-Canadian recognition for second straight year.

Vernon’s Diane Schuetze was named a CIS women’s basketball All-Canadian for the second straight year.

Vernon’s Diane Schuetze was named a CIS women’s basketball All-Canadian for the second straight year.

Diane Schuetze capped a sensational CIS women’s basketball career with an equally impressive honour.

For the second straight year, Schuetze, a Vernon product with the Thompson Rivers WolfPack, was named an All-Canadian. The 6-foot-3 post received the award at a gala event Thursday in Regina.

“I was shocked when I heard I was chosen again,” said Schuetze, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Tourism degree. “It’s nice to finish my career with another major award.”

She led the nation in defensive rebounds (166) and total rebounds (248); was third in offensive rebounds (82) and rebounds per game (11.3); fifth in blocks (34) and free throws (103-142); sixth in total points (391) and field goals (149-269); seventh in field goal percent (53.2); and ninth in the country in scoring (17.8 points per game).

Schuetze, who also has a CIS All-Rookie team selection to her credit, will look back fondly at the award.

“To be considered one of the best players in the country is something that I am very honored have happen to me. It’s great to be recognized.”

Said Ken Olynyk, Thompson Rivers Athletics and Recreation Director: “This is truly a reward for someone who has worked very hard over the five years she has been here. We are very proud of Diane, and her first team All-Canadian status is truly justified. She will be missed not only as an athlete but more importantly as a role model when she graduates this spring.”

Added WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves: “We are very proud of Diane and her dedication to becoming the best she was capable of becoming. She has been a terrific leader and ambassador for our university and our women’s basketball program.”