CALGARY, ALTA – Saturday January 26, 2019 will be a day that Sydney Deighton will remember for quite some time, as the fifth-year guard out of Calgary suited up in her 100th career regular season Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) game, as the St. Mary’s Lightning women’s basketball team hosted the Briercrest Clippers.
Deighton becomes the first Lightning athlete, male or female, to reach 100 games in a St. Mary’s uniform. To date, Sydney has won an ACAC Championship, two silver ACAC medals, two trips to Nationals, while posting 436 points, 241 rebounds, 135 assists, and 102 steals over five seasons.
“This is a monumental achievement for Sydney and for the Lightning women’s basketball program,” said Nathan Ruff, sports manager at St. Mary’s University. “For the past five years Sydney has been a key part of the program and has been the embodiment of what it means to be a St. Mary’s Lightning student athlete.”
The honour of this achievement is not lost on Sydney who has seen the Lightning program make significant strides during her five years on the team.
“To play 100 games for St. Mary’s is an amazing accomplishment for sure, there’s been a lot of progression here,” said Sydney. “We’re a family here and I’ve seen the progress over the years.”
The fact that Sydney has remained with the program for five years is a testament to the quality of program being executed by Steve Shoults, head coach for the women’s basketball team.
“Coach Shoults has built a program around roster integrity and retention with core players like Sydney that help build a winning culture,” said Ruff. “Sydney’s leadership is an excellent example to the incoming players as to what it takes to win at the ACAC level while being a leader on and off of the court.”
The Lighting are currently fourth place in the ACAC’s South Conference with a record of 10-6. With five games remaining, the Lightning will next tip-off against the SAIT Trojans on Thursday, January 31st at SAIT.