By Alan Hudes
The Ryerson women’s basketball team is losing one of its biggest leaders next season – and not just to graduation. Fourth-year guard Kelcey Wright has chosen to play her final year of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) eligibility with the Western Mustangs as she pursues her master’s degree in journalism.
“You never like to lose a senior,” said Rams head coach Carly Clarke. “[Wright] has been a big part of the program over the last four years … taking Ryerson women’s basketball to a new level.”
Over the past three seasons, Wright averaged 13.0 points while playing almost 30 minutes per game. The Rams made the playoffs all four years with Wright, including three straight second round appearances from 2010-2012.
Having visited the Mustangs in London, Ont., last November, the Rams are likely to see their former captain return to the Mattamy Athletic Centre during the 2013-14 campaign, as cross-division games typically alternate cities from year to year.
“These girls have been my best friends for the last three to four years,” said Wright. “I’m used to competing against them in practice as it is, so it’ll just be a more serious competition now.”
Without Wright in the line-up, Clarke says she will rely on veteran guard Dayana Gechkova – who will return for a fifth season – as well as fourth-year forward Annie Sokoloff and reigning CIS all-rookie point guard Cassandra Nofuente to lead the Rams.