Athletes of the Month

Women’s basketball lighting up the court
By: Derek Patterson, Sports & Recreation Editor

Your Lakehead Women’s Basketball team has been crushing the OUA Western conference, currently being ranked 1st with their 7-1 record. Head Coach John Kreiner is very proud of his team, telling The Argus: “We are playing pretty well right now and we just beat the defending national champs and the ranked #4 Carleton Ravens in their own gym … We are a pretty deep team with many weapons on offence. We have the reigning OUA MVP and USPORTS All-Canadian Leashja Grant terrorizing teams inside and on the boards while we keep teams honest with our outside shooting. We are getting better on defense but most importantly we are learning our roles and gelling as a team. Hopefully we can continue this trend and make a great run at the OUA Championship!”

Leashja Grant

Early season momentum has proven that Grant is one of the best players in USPORTS leading her team to numerous victories. She is currently the #1 ranked scorer in the OUA with an average 22.4 PPG. She is a proud Thunderwolf saying: “My performance this month [has] been challenging, but I found a way to make the impossible possible. Super excited about the [remainder] of this season as we look forward to competing against some of the top schools and making the Lakehead family proud!”

Nikki Ylagan

Ylagan has also been lighting up the court consistently racking up points at home and away. She is Lakehead’s second leading scorer scoring an average 14.3 PPG ranking her 8th in the OUAs. Ylagan’ s talents don’t stop there, as she is currently ranked 2nd in shots from downtown and 3rd in the league for the number of steals per game. Kreiner continues: “It makes me very proud to hear that both Leashja Grant and Nikki Ylagan have been named the Argus Athletes of the Month!… Both players are working very hard and even though they are not the captains of the team, they have been providing great leadership through their own methods. Nikki is a quiet leader by example, while Leashja speaks out when she feels a need to and helps the rookie posts when they’re struggling…Currently we are the 10th ranked team in the country, largely based on their dominance on the court.”