A true point guard will join the 2019 recruiting class for the Heat women's basketball team as 5'5", Lucija (Lucy) Faba, from Bishop Carroll High is the latest to sign on with coach Bobby Mitchell's squad.
Playing in both high school and club leagues in Calgary, Faba is no stranger to playing in big games.
In her grade 10 year, playing on the senior team, the Cardinals won their way to the Alberta Provincial Championships, the first time Bishop Carroll had gone in 20 years. One year later and the Cardinals finished second in both the city and provincial finals. In her senior year, Faba and her Cardinals squad won the City Championship and once again seized a silver finish at the provincial final.
For her club team, Calgary Basketball Academy, Faba competed in various high-level tournaments including an international tournament in Spain, which they won. The CBA plays a strong yearly schedule that always features many NCAA certified tournaments the stiff competition added a level of skill to Faba's development during her time with the CBA.
Playing basketball since she was eight years old, Faba's experience also has stemmed into coaching, most recently, she has taken on an instructor role with young players while coaching for the Junior Crusader program at Clear Water Academy.
The point guard is not only looking to help the Heat on the court but also ultimately decided on UBC Okanagan to work towards a Bachelors degree in International Relations, "I choose the university because of the program choices and the strong academic reputation. I also liked the idea of being part of Heat athletics," stated Faba. "I am excited to have the opportunity to play university basketball and I am looking forward to being part of the Heat this coming fall and contributing to the team culture."
Bobby Mitchell likes that Faba is a true point guard, a position of need for Mitchell after Vanessa Botteselle, who has finished her five years and will graduate this spring, logged over 36 minutes a game from the lead guard position this past season and thos3e minutes will need to be replaced. Faba's prolonged period of success while playing basketball so far in her career was also a key factor for the coach in the recruiting process for UBCO.
"Lucy is a fast tough player, who competes hard on both ends of the floor," explains her future head coach. "Lucy is an important step in filling the point guard position, with great work ethic she will push her teammates daily and make everyone around her better. She has had great success at the high school and club level which we anticipate will transfer over to the next level."
Faba will join a cavalcade of new and notable talent as Bobby Mitchell is looking to make an impact early in his coaching career, after just one season he had the interim tag removed from his title as head coach for the UBCO women's basketball team. Earning the full-time gig in March.
The Calgary product will fight for playing time in Heat the backcourt with three other first-year players in Tessa Burton (Coquitlam, BC), Jenessa Knapp (Langley, BC) and Mira Witt (Saskatoon, SK). Three notable forwards have also committed to UBCO, including local stars Kelsey Falk (Vernon, BC) and Jaeli Ibbetson (Kelowna, BC), who will join Emily Instant (Coquitlam, BC) on the frontline for the Heat next fall as high school recruits.