They were both standouts on the high school basketball scene, and now Cassandra Brown and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe are doing it all over again at the college level.
Both athletes were honoured at the annual Basketball B.C. Awards recently in Langley. Brown, a sophomore with the NCAA Division 1 Portland Pilots, was named the top female university player outside Canada.
Raincock-Ekunwe, a star with the Simon Fraser Clan, took top B.C. university female player honours for the second year in a row.
Raincock-Ekunwe was nominated for the award along with a pair UBC Thunderbirds – Vancouver’s Kris Young and North Vancouver Alex Vieweg.
The 6-foot-2 Kalamalka Laker grad led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in points (18.6) and rebounds (13.3) per game last season. She also surpassed her own record for double-doubles in a season with 22.
Brown, who turns 20 in June, won her award ahead of Kaitlan Burke (Nebraska Cornhuskers) and Julie Seabrook (Colorado Buffaloes), both North Vancouver products. After playing limited minutes as a freshman last season, the Fulton Maroon grad was fifth on the team averaging 23.4 minutes a game, yet was second with a 9.9 points-per-game average.
Long-time SFU head coach Bruce Langford was inducted into the B.C. Basketball Hall of Fame at the awards. Langford enters the Hall after 11 seasons with the Clan, where he guided the program to five national championships in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) before the program switched to the GNAC.