WBASK adds three for 2017-18 season
Head Coach Paul Falco announces incoming recruiting class, highlighted by Kitchener native Maya Day
Monday, April 17, 2017 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
WATERLOO, Ont. (April 17, 2017) - Wilfrid Laurier University women’s basketball head coach Paul Falco announced on Monday his recruiting class for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Fresh off a 13-7 regular season and an appearance in the OUA Quarter-finals, Falco and the Golden Hawks will welcome a pair of guards to their roster next season, Maya Day of Kitchener, Ont., and Claire Litchfield of London, Ont., along with forward Celina Elliot of Hamilton.
Day, a graduate of Grand River CI who stands 5-8, comes to Laurier after a very strong high school and club career. During her time at Grand River, she won two consecutive WCSSAA and CWOSSA championships in 2014 and 2015, and took home First Team All-Star honours for WCSSAA in 2015. This past year, she was also named the top graduating female athlete at Grand River.
During her career with the Tri County Thunder of JUEL, she helped her team win the league championship in 2015 while finishing as finalists in 2016.
“I immediately felt comfortable with the atmosphere and culture of Laurier as a whole, and the team and coaching staff were welcoming and encouraging,” said Day on her decision to join the Golden Hawks. “Next year I look forward to engaging in the Health Science program and playing in my hometown.”
“We are extremely pleased to be adding someone with the ability, toughness, and character that Maya brings to the program,” said Falco on Day’s addition to his program. “Having watched her play and develop in KW over the last few years, I know she is a great fit for both the team and the Laurier community.”
Joining Day in the Hawks’ backcourt next season will be Litchfield, a graduate of A.B. Lucas SS who stands 5-7 and will be studying Biology with Business Management while at Laurier.
Litchfield enjoyed an outstanding career at A.B. Lucas, helping her school win four consecutive TVRAA and WOSAA championships between 2013 and 2016. She capped off her high school career this past year as she led her team to the OFSAA AAA championship, hitting seven three-pointers in the championship game, and was named a TVRAA Ms. Basketball Award recipient.
While with the London Ramblers of JUEL, she captured a JUEL prep championship and participated in the JUEL prep all-star game.
“As soon as I visited Laurier I knew it was the right fit for me,” said Litchfield on joining the purple and gold. “I love the small campus feel at Laurier and I felt very welcome here from the very beginning. I am so excited to start playing with new girls at the next level and can’t wait to be a Golden Hawk!”
“Claire brings a winning mentality to the team having had recent success at both the high school and club team levels,” said Falco on what Litchfield will bring to the Golden Hawks. “Her ability to distribute the ball to teammates and also knock down open shots will give our offence a real boost.”
Elliot, a 6-1 post and graduate of St. Thomas More CSS, will be a welcome addition to Laurier’s front court next season while studying Environmental Studies.
During her time at St. Thomas More, she won a city championship in 2014 before helping her team to an OFSAA bronze medal in 2015. She has also served as team captain with St. Thomas More as well as her JUEL club team, the Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets.
“Laurier is close to home, in a community that makes me feel welcome, safe, and fits perfectly with my basketball career,” said Elliot on her decision to attend Laurier. “I believe the coaches, teammates, and the Laurier family will help me become the best I can be and make my next five years very memorable. I’m looking forward to my years as a Golden Hawk!”
“The addition of Celina provides us with good depth at the post position,” said Falco on his newest forward. “She will improve our interior defence and I expect her offensive skills to develop quickly playing in our system.”
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