CapU honours fifth-years on Senior's Night

(L-R): Head Coach Ramin Sadaghiani, Ashley dela Cruz Yip, Francis Penafiel, Carmelle M'Bikata, Athletic Director Milt Williams. Photo Chris Raeside / Capilano University
(L-R): Head Coach Ramin Sadaghiani, Ashley dela Cruz Yip, Francis Penafiel, Carmelle M'Bikata, Athletic Director Milt Williams. Photo Chris Raeside / Capilano University

The Capilano University Blues women’s basketball team suffered a third quarter slump on Saturday night in North Vancouver, and ended their regular season on a losing note with a 72-57 loss to the Douglas College Royals. The game was also Senior’s Night, as Capilano’s three fifth-year student-athletes were honoured before the game: Francis Penafiel, Ashley dela Cruz Yip, and Carmelle M’Bikata.

The first quarter was a low-scoring affair with neither side able to develop much on offence, with Capilano scoring only 10 points in the frame to trail 13-10 after one.

The second frame featured a number of runs for both teams, as after Blues scored the first five points of the period to go up by two, the Royals responded with a 7-0 run to go ahead 20-15. CapU battled back and created some turnovers to retake the lead at 22-21, but Douglas hung around and hit a shot right before the first-half buzzer gave them a two-point lead at the break.

The third quarter proved to be the difference, as Douglas took control with an 11-2 run off the bat and outscored CapU 28-11 in the frame. They pushed their lead to as much as 21, and while the Blues started to hit some threes down the stretch in the fourth, they couldn’t fight all the way back and fell 72-57.

Rebounding proved to be a major difference in the contest, as Douglas grabbed 23 offensive boards and outrebounded Capilano 51-35 overall. The Royals also won the turnover battle 16-11.

M’Bikata posted a double-double in her final home game as a Blue with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while dela Cruz Yip had 13 points, five assists, and two steals. Penafiel had six points, one rebound, and one assist.

Capilano ends the season with a 13-5 record and finishes the season in second place, earning them a first-round bye at the PACWEST Championships. They will play on Friday, March 2 at Vancouver Island University against the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between Camosun College and Columbia Bible College. Game-time is to be announced; all games can be livestreamed at

Capilano’s fifth-year accolades

Francis Penafiel

511 career points (10th all-time in Blues history)

273 career rebounds (10th all-time)

134 career assists (4th all-time)

2 PACWEST Silver Medals

An Arts & Sciences student, Penafiel was also twice named Capilano University Blues Scholar Athlete Honourable Mention.

Ashley dela Cruz Yip

551 career points (8th all-time)

343 career rebounds (6th all-time)

384 career assists (1st all-time; most in PACWEST history)

2 PACWEST silver medals

2015-16 PACWEST Tournament All-Star

2016-17 PACWEST Second Team All-Star

A Psychology student at CapU, dela Cruz Yip has also garnered several academic accolades, including CCAA Academic All-Canadian, CCAA National Scholar, PACWEST Academic Excellence Award, and Capilano University Blues Scholar Athlete of Distinction.

Carmelle M’Bikata

1,149 career points (1st all-time; 3rd all-time in PACWEST)

647 career rebounds (1st all-time; 7th all-time in PACWEST)

2 PACWEST Silver Medals


PACWEST Second Team All-Star

PACWEST Championship Tournament All-Star


PACWEST Player of the Year

CCAA All-Canadian

PACWEST Championship Tournament All-Star

Capilano University Blues Female Athlete of the Year

M’Bikata, who is completing her Bachelor of Business Administration, was also a Capilano University Blues Scholar Athlete Certificate of Distinction during her time at Cap.