Brent Mutis, CapU Sport Information & Compliance Officer
The 2020 PACWEST women's basketball All-Star teams announced Feb. 26 included a quartet of Blues players.
First-year swing forward Alanya Davignon earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team while veterans Reiko Ohama, Mackenzie Smith and Emma Cunningham took spots on the conference second team.
ALANYA DAVIGNON - Averaged 20 minutes per game on the PACWEST's No. 2-ranked team. A disrupter on defence, the 5-foot-7 Port Coquitlam product gets in passing lanes and battles for loose balls. Her developing offensive game includes the ability to slash through the paint and finish or find open teammates.
REIKO OHAMA - The Blues' floor general and a lead-by-example fifth-year player, the 5-foot-5 guard found her scoring touch in the second half of the season and scored in double digits each game down the stretch including four 20+ point games. A superior passer, she was in the conference's top-10 in assists as well as points.
MACKENZIE SMITH - Scoring in double digits on eight occasions and grabbing double-digit rebounds four times, Smith found herself among the PACWEST's top-10 in scoring and rebounding. The 6-foot-3 post player is the conference's tallest athlete and has the ability to affect the opposition's shot choices as well as being a go-to option on offence.
EMMA CUNNINGHAM - Another stabilizing influence on the court, Cunningham led the way early in the season and fills whatever role is necessary on a given night. Her ability to hit the three stretches the defence but her vision and ballhandling ability allows her to effectively use teammates as well.
Davignon, Ohama, Smith and Cunningham and the rest of the Blues are bound for the CCAA national championships March 17 to 21 at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C.