The University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s basketball team has added a dose of creativity and sound decision making to its backcourt, officially announcing the commitment of Provincial team veteran Lucy Guan for the 2018-2019 Canada West season.
“I am really excited. This is a great opportunity for me. I love the community here and the team.”
Standing five-foot-five, Guan has never been the biggest athlete on the court. Often, however, she is the smartest, using her quickness and ability to read the game to her advantage.
“”I like to push the pace, and I like to run in transition a lot. Easy buckets are better than hard buckets in half court. I like to shoot, but I really like to make my teammates better.”
A 2018 graduate of Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, Guan led the Bruins to a bronze medal at the AA BC Girls Basketball Championships. She is ready to make the leap to the university level.
“I think the biggest difference is going to be the physicality. High school girls are on a different level than the U SPORTS girls.”
Timberwolves coach Sergey Shchepotkin had Guan visit the UNBC campus this spring, and was impressed with what he saw.
“Lucy’s basketball IQ is beyond her years. When she practiced with our team, she was quick to adapt to the pace of play, and continually found her teammates for open looks. We look forward to working with her over the next five years.”
Guan, who was a second-team all-star at the 2018 Provincial Championships, points to her recent visit as critical in her decision to join the TWolves. She is aware of the team’s back-to-back Canada West playoff appearances, and looks forward to adding to that culture.
“Practicing with the team, I can tell the attitude is right. Everyone is positive and everyone is bringing that fire. The team is aggressive, and we like to run.”
An honour roll student, Guan will pursue Commerce during her time at UNBC. She will join her Timberwolves teammates in August in preparation for the upcoming season.
“I am hoping to do well in my academics, as well as athletics. I am looking forward to building my basketball skills further, and creating relationships with my new teammates.”