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Burnaby's Alisha Roberts to play for SFU

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Burnaby's Alisha Roberts will play for the SFU Clan next season after two years with the NCAA Div. 1 Pepperdine Waves in Malibu, Calif.
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Alisha Roberts is coming home.

The Burnaby-raised point guard has decided to leave Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., to play her final two seasons of collegiate eligibilty on Burnaby Mountain for Simon Fraser University

Roberts joined the Wave in the fall of 2012. She played in 24 games her freshman season starting five consecutive matches at the beginning of West Coast Conference play. She had a career high nine points in a win over the University of San Francisco in the conference opener. Her first collegiate career points came against the UCLA Bruins, ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division I at the time.

In her second season, Pepperdine's overall record was 6-25. Roberts played in 18 games, but did not start any of them, averaging two points per game.

"I had an awesome rookie year at Pepperdine, adjusting very well from high school to the highly rigourous and demanding NCAA league. My sophomore year came with its challenges but I continued to adjust and get better. Now I am blessed to play for my home university that is steeped in a winning tradition. I couldn't ask for much more. I am ready and cannot wait to be a member of the Clan," Roberts said in a SFU press release.

Roberts played high school hoop at York House, a private school in Vancouver leading the Tigers to a fourth-place finish at the provincial AA championship in 2011 and a AAA Lower Mainland title in 2012.

"I have grown up around the SFU campus, attending SFU camps from a very early age, so the attraction has always been there," said Roberts. "If I had not chosen to go south of the border, SFU would have been my first choice, so I am so happy to be coming back home. SFU is also very special to me for one other reason. The last camp I attended here was courtesy of a very special friend, Nicole Eidsvik, that has since succumbed to cancer. I would love to dedicate my first year at SFU to her fighting spirit and memory."

Roberts' older sisters Lisa and Norma-Jean played for the New Westminster Hyacks which their father Norm co-coached. They went on to play for Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont.

"Alisha had a solid high school career in B.C. both at York House and on the B.C. provincial team," said SFU head coach Bruce Langford. "Now she has two years of ball in California so it is great to add a player with that type of exposure. On the court she brings a fiery competitiveness, shoots the three well, and has high expectations for herself, all qualities that we value. Being older has big advantages as she has a wealth of experience which will make us all better."

Roberts played on the B.C. team that finished second at the 2011 under-17 Canadian championships averaging 15 points per game.

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