The 2019/20 season was a rebound season for the Women’s program after losing in the first round of the playoffs the season before. Competing in their eighth season in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), the Lightning put together another strong season and found themselves in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
In five of the six seasons under head coach Steve Shoults, the Lightning women have earned a national ranking for their efforts, with this season’s team earning the highest ranking to date for the program, finishing the season ranked third in the country.
The Lightning women finished second in the ACAC South division with a 16-5 record, tied for second best in the program’s history in the ACAC. This record was attained by an amazing stretch where the Lighting won 12 games in a row, including all 10 games in the second semester.
The team was led by first team all-conference player, Emily Wagner who finished the season third in the ACAC in scoring and found herself near the top in several other categories. Emily’s strong fourth year has propelled her to over 1,200 points scored and into second place as the all-time leading scorer in the program’s history.
Along with Emily, the team was led by two second team all-conference players, Juhee Anderson and Hannah Helton. Along with helping lead the team to a Bronze medal, Hannah had amazing personal achievements throughout the season, one of which was being nominated the ACAC Player of the Week and CCAA Player of the Week. Hannah finished 12th in the league in scoring and was named a playoff All-Star.
Juhee Anderson was a transfer from Lethbridge College and the program’s first Southern Alberta player. She immediately had an impact on the team as a leader as well having a significant role in the season’s outcome. She was the program’s third player in the top 12 scorers in the league, finishing in the ninth spot. From winning a game by hitting two foul shots, to being named a playoff All-Star, Juhee finished off an incredible post-secondary athletic career with her fifth year at St. Mary’s University.
The Lightning also benefited from strong play from starting forward/post, Chayle Clark, who had her best season as a member of the Lighting Women’s basketball team. Chayle finished the year leading the league in field goal percentage and finished seventh in rebounds.
The Lightning have nine players returning and will use this season’s success as a building block for next year. With the addition of talented transfers, the Lightning should once again find themselves in playoff contention.