CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Director
With the first of her five assists in Capilano’s 71-63 win over Vancouver Island University on Saturday, fifth-year point guard Ashley dela Cruz Yip moved into first place on the PACWEST women’s basketball all-time assists leaderboard with 318 career helpers.
Dela Cruz Yip entered the season seven assists behind Douglas College’s Adelia Paul, who broke the record last year and tallied 310 over her five-year career. It took dela Cruz Yip four games to claim the title for herself, with the record-breaking helper coming on a slick one-handed bounce pass that led Emma Cunningham to the hoop for a lay-up.
An Arts & Sciences student, dela Cruz Yip came to Capilano University in 2013. In her rookie season she recorded 53 assists in 21 games (2.52/game) – including eight in her third career game – which placed her fifth in the league in total assists. The following year she led the league, totaling 95 for a 4.52 per game average.
In 2015-16 she slipped back down to sixth with 60 and a 3.33 average, but on February 6, 2016 she recorded her career-high for assists with 11 against Columbia Bible College. She then came back to run away with the PACWEST title last season with 102 (5.67/game) – 44 more than the next-highest total, which was also the second-most in the CCAA. She was named a PACWEST Second Team All-Star, and helped CapU to a silver medal at Provincials. She won a silver medal with the Blues in 2015-16 as well, and was named a PACWEST Tournament All-Star.
An alum of Britannia Secondary in Vancouver, dela Cruz Yip has also earned a number of academic accolades. In 2016-17, she was named a CCAA Academic All-Canadian and a CCAA National Scholar, and won a PACWEST Academic Excellence Award.
In the first week of the 2017-18 season, the point guard was named PACWEST Athlete of the Week after she posted a combined 37 points, 12 rebounds, 9 steals, and 4 assists over two games. Through four contests, CapU is 3-1 and in second place in the conference.
Capilano closes out the 2017 portion of their home season on Friday, November 24 when they host Columbia Bible College. Tip-off is at 6:00pm in the Sportsplex.