At the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA) Awards Banquet on Wednesday night in Edmonton, Capilano University Blues forward Carmelle M’Bikata was named a CCAA All-Canadian for the first time in her career. The honour comes on the heels of being named PACWEST Player of the Year and a conference First Team All-Star two weeks ago.
A fourth-year out of W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, M'Bikata led the PACWEST in scoring with 15.78 points per game, and her 56.3% field goal percentage was the third-best mark in the CCAA. On the defensive end, she was sixth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 7.33 per game, and led a Blues defence that allowed just 51.1 points per game – the lowest mark in the entire country.
As team captain, M'Bikata led the Blues to a 16-2 regular season record that was best in the conference. At the PACWEST Provincials, M’Bikata helped Cap to a silver medal and was named a Tournament All-Star for the second-straight season.
In the last weekend of the regular season, M’Bikata also became the new all-time leading scorer for Capilano women’s basketball, as she passed former teammate Michelle Errico’s total of 881 and finished with 916 – a per game average of 11.31 over her four years.
A business student at Cap, M’Bikata was a Second Team All-Star last season, and was named to the Provincial Tournament All-Star Team in 2016 – helping the Blues to a silver medal. She is the first Blues women’s basketball to be named an All-Canadian since Jenna Ralston in 2012, and eighth all-time.
At the CCAA banquet, Cap women's basketball head coach Ramin Sadaghiani was also honoured for being named PACWEST Coach of the Year and a finalist for CCAA Coach of the Year. It was the first time he has won the award.