The University of Winnipeg Wesmen in conjunction with U SPORTS is pleased to announce that Winnipeg Wesmen Women's Basketball player Antoinette Miller has been named the 2016-17 recipient of the U SPORTS Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year. Miller was also named a U SPORTS Women's Basketball First Team All-Canadian.
The award was presented Wednesday evening at the 2017 U SPORTS Women's Basketball Championship Awards Banquet in Victoria, British Columbia.
The 5-foot-6, fourth year guard from Phoenix, Arizona finished among the league leaders in both offensive and defensive categories during the 2016-2017 Canada West regular season. Her relentless play at both ends of the court played a vital role in helping the Wesmen finish with an 18-2 regular season record and a first place finish in the Canada West Women's Basketball conference standings. She finished regular season play with 72 steals (third in the country) and was instrumental in Winnipeg's suffocating defensive play that allowed 60.7 points per game, while holding the opponents to 37.6 per cent shooting from the field. Miller was also a force on the offensive side of the ball, finishing the season fourth in the nation averaging 18.7 points per game and first in Canada West assists with 76.
"We are very proud at the University of Winnipeg that Antoinette was recognized as the U SPORTS Defensive Player of the Year," said Wesmen head coach Tanya McKay. "Antoinette is a tremendous competitor, rebounder and defender who is very deserving of this award. Antoinette plays the game with a tremendous amount of passion and heart and this has helped elevate the play of her teammates all year."
Miller becomes the first University of Winnipeg Wesmen Women's Basketball player to be named the U SPORTS Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year.