Schuetze nets weekly honour

Vernon Panther grad Diane Schuetze earn Canada West athlete of the week honours.

Vernon’s Diane Schuetze is the athlete of the week in the Canada West Athletic Conference.

The fifth-year post flushed 28 points, recorded 15 rebounds, four blocks and one steal as the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) WolfPack stopped the UBC Okanagan Heat 91-54 in women’s basketball action Saturday in Kamloops.

Schuetze is the Canada West’s top scorer (20.4 points per game) and rebounder (11.6) in 2012-13 and ranks among the all-time conference leaders in numerous categories.

In Saturday’s win, she was the WolfPack’s leading scorer and rebounder for the sixth time this season and registered her 18th career double-double, tied for seventh place on the all-time Canada West list with Anna Drewniak of Manitoba (1999-2004).

“She is going to be a handful for anyone, not just in our league, but throughout the country,” said TRU head coach Scott Reeves. “She is definitely a fifth-year All-Canadian, there is no question.”

The WolfPack improved to 8-3, while the Heat dipped to 4-7. Sarah Allison paced the Heat with 14 points, while Vernon products Emily Kanester and Maddie Kaneda each drained 10.

In men’s play, the Heat got 20 points and eight boards from former Pleasant Valley Saint Mitch Goodwin in a 76-59 win over the WolfPack Saturday at the Tournament Capital Centre.

Game MVP Brett Rouault (3rd year, guard, Vernon) had 18 points.

“I was really proud of our guys’ effort,” said 2-9 Heat head coach Pete Guarasci. “We sustained it throughout the whole game. Not only our physical effort, but our mental effort.

“We stayed focused and we guarded well and tried to do good things on offence and make good shots. I was really happy with the way they executed the game-plan.”