Taking the long route to UBC Okanagan, Martina Mason, will transfer for her fourth year of eligibility to the women's basketball program in Kelowna and provide more options for offense for head coach Claire Meadows.
Mason played at Quest University last season and prior to that, the 5'5" point played two years in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) with Bellevue College.
Recruited to Bellevue College from Henry M. Jackson High in Mill Creek Washington, where Mason played for the fourth place finishing team at the 4A state championship tournament in 2012, Jackson's best result ever. At Bellevue Mason played in over 50 games in the NWAC for the Bulldogs before starting all 18 games last season in the PACWEST for the Quest Kermodes.
The right- handed point guard impressed coach Meadows on a visit with her heads-up style of play.
"Martina will bring experience to our team at the guard position after having played two years in the NWAC league and a year in the PACWEST league. Martina plays the game with poise, she has an excellent understanding of the game, and can shoot the ball with range. We are excited to welcome Martina to our Heat program."
Mason considers Seattle her hometown but has strong Canadian roots, her mother was a figure skater for Team Canada in 1984 then left after the 1988 Olympics in Calgary and skated semi-professional until 1994, and relocated to Washington. Returning to Canada to play Mason has chosen to purse a degree in Psychology at UBC Okanagan and is drawn to the school for its academics and athletics.
"It is one of the top academic schools in Canada," explains Mason on her choice of UBCO, "And athletically provides a competitive and enjoyable environment, it gives a great balance of pushing me to be the best athlete and student that I can be."
"I'm excited to play for a coach that wants you to strive in a team sense and as a person as well as coming into a program with such a close group of girls that want to compete for the same thing," finishes Mason.
Last season for Quest Mason finished fifth in the league in steals with three a contest while playing close to 30 minutes per game and averaging eight points.
Playing her club basketball while in Washington with Emerald City Basketball Academy (2007-2012) and the Advantage Basketball (2012-2014) Mason will be the final recruit for the Heat for the 2018 season joining, Vernon's Mackenzie Horst, Emma Huff a CEGP transfer from Quebec, Gabby Kukura, from Regina, and Surrey's Amanda Pearson.