The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s basketball team has added the reigning Zone MVP, officially announcing the commitment of Rebecca Landry for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
The native of Prince George is currently in her Grade 12 year at Duchess Park, and is a product of the Junior Timberwolves program.
“I am very excited. I have been around the program and these players for a long time, so I think this is going to be a really cool experience. This is a perfect situation. I am happy how it all turned out, because this is something I have wanted for a really long time.”
Standing five-foot-ten, Landry is a dynamic shooting guard/small forward who won the Zone MVP in 2018, after leading the Condors to the title. She is recognized as an elite two-way player who can contribute at both ends of the floor.
“Going to the rim is one of my strengths. I like playing defense, and I am pretty vocal, which is usually what coaches are looking for. I always give 100 percent, and I am always trying to get better, every single practice.”
If the name Landry is a familiar one, Rebecca is the younger sister of Timberwolves’ forward Madison Landry. UNBC coach Sergey Shchepotkin hit the jackpot when Madison committed to the TWolves in 2016, and he sees definite similarities between the sisters.
“I am really excited to see two Landry’s on the court. Rebecca and Madison play a similar game. They’re both long and skilled, and really intelligent, so that is exciting for us.”
Rebecca, who helped guide the Duchess Park Condors to a fifth-place finish in last season’s BC Provincial Championship, says the chance to play for the team she grew up watching, alongside her sister, was a major factor in her decision to join the green and gold.
“I used to play against a lot of the girls who are on the team right now. I like the support of my family, and the chance to play with my sister is really cool. We have never played together, so I am excited to see how we are going to connect on the court.”
Shchepotkin has seen the two-time city all-star’s abilities on the court for years, and says she has long been on his radar as a potential contributor to the Timberwolves.
“Rebecca is another product of our Junior Timberwolves program, and we are so happy she has made the decision to commit. She has a very high basketball IQ, and she plays the game the right way.”
Set to graduate in June, Landry identifies Medical Studies as a likely academic path, once she is a UNBC student in the fall. Until then, she will be sitting front row at all TWolves games, cheering on her sister and future teammates as they eye a third consecutive Canada West playoff appearance.
“I am really happy with how the team has been doing the past few years. They have been beating some big schools, and now we are getting into that realm of being a well-known basketball school. Making playoffs is something I am looking forward to. It’s very exciting.”