Women's Basketball Signs Second Canadian Player
May 2, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team landed another Canadian recruit Thursday as the Ducks signed 6-foot-2 forward Yadili Okwumabua to a national letter of intent.
Okwumabua (oak-wum-ah-BOO-ah), a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, averaged 19 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks per game as a senior last year at Glenlawn Collegiate Institute. She also earned 4A Player of the Year honors in Manitoba her final two years.
'She's a great rebounder and defender and loves to play an up-tempo style,' said Oregon assistant coach Allison McNeill, whom Okwumabua played for on the Canadian Junior National Team last summer. 'On the junior national team, she tested out as one of the camp's top athletes in terms of speed and jumping ability.'
A three-year letterwinner at Glenlawn, she led her team to the 4A Provincial championship each year - an unprecedented feat by a boys or girls team in the province.
Okwumabua's junior season was nearly as successful with averages of 18 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks per game.
'Yadili is such a mentally and physically-tough player,' McNeill said. 'On top of that, she's a great kid and an excellent student.'
An honor-roll student, Okwumabua also earned the Carl Ridd Award, which annually recognizes one Manitoba athlete for outstanding athletic, academic and community service accomplishments.
Okwumabua joins 6-foot-3 post player Carolyn Ganes (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), 5-foot-8 point guard Corrie Mizusawa (Lafayette, Calif.), a transfer from Saint Mary's, and 5-foot-10 guard Chelsea Wagner (Springfield, Ore.), a transfer from Hawai`i, in Oregon's 2002-03 recruiting class. It will mark the first time the Ducks have had two Canadians on the roster since the 1983-84 season.
Oregon finished 22-13 last season and advanced to its ninth straight postseason tournament, capturing the WNIT championship with a 54-52 win over Houston.