Port Coquitlam’s Ozioma Nwabuko has been named the defensive player of the year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
The Simon Fraser University sophomore is also a member of the All-GNAC second team.
It’s been a triumphant return for Nwabuko, a Riverside secondary grad, after she missed all of last season with an injury. She played every game for the Clan this season and led the team in rebounds, with an average of 6.3 a game. She also made 32 steals.
Nwabuko was also an accurate shot. She finished the regular season with the second-best shooting percentage in the conference, averaging .562.
Three other Clan players also earned conference recognition. Sophie Swant made named to the first All-GNAC team, while Tayler Drynan and Jessica Jones were honourable mentions.
The Clan begin their conference playoffs today against Western Washington, in Bellingham. SFU lost both regular season games against the Vikings.
The men’s team is also in the playoffs, for the first time since SFU joined the NCAA. They’ll play Northwest Nazarene on Thursday at Western Washington University’s Carver Gymnasium.