Shayna Litman’s sparkling career with the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team is ending with one more impressive accolade.
The 5’11” forward out of Centennial Secondary in Coquitlam, B.C. recently wrapped up her fifth and final season of eligibility, and on Thursday, she was named a Canada West third team all-star as the conference announced its 2017-18 all-star and all-rookie squads.
“It’s a great accomplishment for her, and I’m really happy she’s been recognized by the Canada West coaches,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said of Litman. “She really had a fantastic season for us, setting career highs in a lot of categories and leading us on the court this year.”
Litman’s standout senior season saw her average a career-best 17.2 points per game, ninth-best in the conference. She also hauled down 7.8 rebounds per game (13th in Canada West), and shot the ball efficiently with a field goal percentage of 44.8 (13th) and a free throw percentage of 73.3 (22nd).
The rugged forward saved her best for last – she averaged 27 points per game against the Manitoba Bisons on the final weekend of the regular season to help the Cascades secure a playoff berth for the eighth straight year, and followed that with a double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) in UFV’s first-round playoff match-up with the Victoria Vikes. The Vikes prevailed, though, ending the Cascades’ campaign.
Litman’s career with the Cascades dates back to 2012, including an injury redshirt season in 2015-16. In each of her first two seasons at UFV, she helped the Cascades earn national championship berths, and she’s the last holdover from the national bronze medal-winning team of 2013-14.