You couldn't have asked for a better start to a rookie season.
One of the most successful female basketball players at the high school level ever to play in Kelowna, stayed at home to play for her local university, and the results after one year have been award-worthy.
Jaeli Ibbetson's outstanding play for UBC Okanagan Heat women's basketball team, under the tutelage of head coach Bobby Mitchell, earned her a spot on the Canada West All-Rookie team.
Ibbetson is the first UBCO women's basketball player to make a conference all-rookie team and coach Mitchell couldn't be prouder.
"This is very exciting for our program, but especially Jaeli, she works so hard and it's nice to see her recognized for all her hard work," said Mitchell. "Having coached Jaeli with the Junior Heat program I got to see this first hand and knew she would have an immediate impact at the U SPORTS level."
And if not for a broken hand in November, the 2019 Kelowna Secondary grad may well have won the conference's top honour for a rookie, rookie of the year.
She wasted no time making her mark. A white-hot start earned Ibbetson the conference top star of the week after the Heat's opening weekend.
And her stellar play continued right up to her injury. The Heat forward's start was one of the best ever by a CW rookie—after her first four games she was averaging 17.5 points a game, along with a conference-best 14 boards a game.
The hand injury cost Ibbetson eight of the 20 league games, but that didn't make too much of a difference in her total numbers. The Junior Heat product's final numbers had her averaging a double-double. Only the second player in UBCO's history to do so. She averaged 13.8 points a contest along with 10.2 rebounds a game, including more than four a game on the offensive glass.
Coach Mitchell really feels he is building something special in the Okanagan by utilizing the top-level local players. With the success of Ibbetson and Kelsey Falk, a Vernon product and fellow rookie, he believes that playing at home is something Okanagan athletes should really consider.
"The fact Jaeli is doing this at home, and taking full advantage of her opportunity is awesome. Both she and Kelsey have stepped into big roles," he says. "Not only did they not disappoint, but they both excelled. I think this says a lot about the future. As a first-year and a product of Junior Heat Kelsey averaged 7.5 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, and was always handed the toughest defensive assignments."
Ibbetson's average of 10.2 boards was the best mark for a rookie in the country, and her ability to crash the glass on the offensive end is the top stat in the league—regardless of year. Adding on to that, her 4.9 offensive rebounds a contest was tops in all of U SPORTS.
Some other noteworthy numbers from Ibbetson's first season:
- Her 14 free throws made against Manitoba on November 1 is a school record.
- She has the second-highest single-game rebounding mark, 19 - Nov. 8, 2019 vs TRU.
- Her 13.8 ppg. is the top mark for a rookie at UBCO, and the 8th best overall.
- Equalling Jordan Korol's mark from last year, her 10.2 rbpg. is tied for most in a Canada West season at UBCO.
List of Canada West All-Rookies for UBC Okanagan:
2019/20: Pierson Stanley (MSOC), Jaeli Ibbetson (WBB)
2018/19: Hafith Moallin (MBB), Cam Vanderveen (MVB), Jade Bussard (WVB), Sydney Grills (WVB)
2017/18: Sam McDonald (MSOC), Caleb Funk (MVB)
2016/17: Kyle Hinchey (MVB), Sara McCreary (WVB)
2015/16: Eli Risso (MVB), Devon Cote (MVB)
2014/15: Aldrich Berrios (MBB)
2013/14: Lars Bornemann (MVB), Michelle Jackszuk (WVB)
Canada West Universities Athletic Association has been giving out All-Rookie teams since the 2013/14 season. Soccer started giving out All-Rookie teams in the fall of 2017.
WBB: All-stars, all-rookies ready for conference quarter-finals | Full Canada West Release |
EDMONTON – Canada West's top women's basketball players were acknowledged Thursday, as the conference's all-star and all-rookies teams were unveiled.
13 teams landed at least one player on one of the four teams (three all-star and one all-rookie), with seven teams having multiple players honoured.
Canada West's women's basketball award winners will be unveiled Thursday, February 27 at 10 a.m. MST.
More than a dozen all-stars and all-rookies will be in action this weekend when the conference quarter-finals and semifinals take place in Calgary and Saskatoon, as the Calgary Dinos and Saskatchewan Huskies get set for hosting duties. Among the players who will be in action are first team all-star Summer Masikewich of the Huskies, along with Calgary's second team duo of Erin McIntosh and Liene Stalidzane.
CW WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYOFF CENTRAL
You can watch every game on the road to the CW Basketball Championship Games by tuning into Canada West TV Presented by Co-op.
- F / Taylor Claggett / Fraser Valley / 5 / Arts / Mission, BC
- F / Keylyn Filewich / UBC / 4 / Science / Winnipeg, MB
- F / Summer Masikewich / Saskatchewan / 4 / Arts & Science / Calgary, AB
- F / Maria Mongomo / UNBC / 5 / Psychology / Las Palmas, Spain
- G / Vanessa Wild / Alberta / 5 / Business / Spruce Grove, AB
- G / Kacie Bosch / Lethbridge / 5 / Arts / Lethbridge, AB
- G / Ashlyn Day / Victoria / 3 / Business / Kelowna, BC
- G / Sabine Dukate / Saskatchewan / 5 / Arts & Science / Ventspils, Latvia
- W / Erin McIntosh / Calgary / 5 / Kinesiology / Calgary, AB
- G / Liene Stalidzane / Calgary / 3 / Arts / Jelgava, Latvia
- G / Jessica Hanson / UBC / 5 / Kinesiology / Vancouver, BC
- G / Michaela Kleisinger / Regina / 5 / Kin. & Health Studies / Regina, SK
- F / Madison Landry / UNBC / 4 / Biomedical Studies / Prince George, BC
- G / Taylor Randall / Manitoba / 4 / Management / Dundas, ON
- G & F / Deanna Tuchscherer / Fraser Valley / 1 / Kinesiology / Chilliwack, BC
- G / Lauren Bartlett / Manitoba / Management / Winnipeg, MB
- F / Jaeli Ibbetson / UBCO / Sciences / Kelowna, BC
- G / Anna Kernaghan / Winnipeg / Kinesiology / Winnipeg, MB
- F / Jenika Martens / Mount Royal / University Entrance / La Crete, AB
- G & F / Deanna Tuchscherer / Fraser Valley / Kinesiology / Chilliwack, BC