The University of Northern British Columbia Women’s basketball team has added a familiar name to fans of the Prince George hardcourt, officially announcing the commitment of Jessica Nycholat for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
“I really missed basketball. I would see them practicing, and I really regretted not playing. I emailed Sergey and he invited me to practice. After my first practice, it was obvious. They are all so nice and I really loved playing with them.”
“I come to all the games I can to watch them, and they have some very good players on this team. They have been so welcoming and so nice to me. They’re very supportive and help me a lot whenever I have questions. I feel like I have made friends with a lot of them.”
Standing five-foot-nine, Nycholat was known in Prince George for her tenacity in all facets of the game. She averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game in her Grade 12 season with the Cougars, but understands there will be adjustments to made now that she is in the highest level of university sport in Canada.
Shchepotkin was aware of Nycholat’s well-rounded game when she was in the high school ranks. He says the guard/forward swing has a chance to make an impact on the Timberwolves program for years to come.
Nycholat, a product of the Jr Timberwolves program under TWolves assistant coach Louise Holmes, played with future UNBC teammate Rebecca Landry in Steve Nash basketball, Jr Timberwolves, and Team BC. She is currently studying marketing and finance, with aspirations of becoming a human rights lawyer. She will join the team in August for training camp, and is ready to suit up for the team she grew up rooting for.