Heather Semeniuk is very excited to add a post with some experience as Krystal Schouten will transfer from Quest University and be eligible to play for the Heat this September.
Krystal a 6’1 post was a dominant force in her rookie season at Quest University, averaging 16 points, and 7.47 rebounds per game, good for fifth and sixth respectively in the league. Krystal owns the Quest single game scoring record for a women’s basketball player with 40 in a game. For Krystal’s outstanding rookie season she was named to the conference All-Rookie team and to the conference second All-Star team, as well as her being named the Quest University Female Athlete of the Year.
“Krystal had a very strong rookie season when she played for me,” adds Todd Jordan, Krystal’s coach in her freshman season at Quest.” She has a soft touch around the basket and is a strong physical presence. She was one of the top rebounders in the BCCAA and this ability will translate nicely to the CIS. Krystal has a lot of potential and I am confident that with some hard work she has the ability to become a quality player in the Canada West Conference.”
“I think my strengths as a player include my leadership skills, my passion for the game, and my experience,” adds Krystal. “I am a very competitive person but also a team player. This season I hope to bring some of my competitiveness, encouragement, hard work, basketball knowledge, and energy to the court for coach Semeniuk.”
“Krystal definitely fills a need for us in the post position. Her size and strength are a required need to any team trying to compete in a very competitive Canada West Conference,” adds coach Heather Semeniuk. “When I saw a 40 point game on the score-sheet I was very impressed. It confirmed what I had seen in the pre-season, that Krystal has great hands and a very soft touch around the rim. For our transition to Canada West, Krystal was one of the first players that I identified as being a CIS talent and I proceeded to gauge her interest in playing at UBC.”
“Moving to a higher level of basketball, I have only the highest of expectations. For myself I anticipate that I will be playing against, taller, stronger, faster players than I have played against in the past. I am definitely excited for this change.” Krystal continues, “The move to Canada West did have a big impact on my decision to come to UBCO and I am so excited for it! I've always wanted to play at a CIS level, and playing in the BCCAA has taught me that I am ready to move up with UBCO.”
Krystal will transfer into the Human Kinetics program at UBC after completing two years of study at Quest University. This past basketball season Krystal was a medical red-shirt, but she is already back playing basketball after a minor knee surgery. Krystal comes to the Heat with four years of eligibility remaining.
“The quality of the school [UBC’s Okanagan campus] definitely did have an impact on my choice to come there,” says Schouten. “As much as I love basketball and enjoy playing, my education is also very important to me. My future success depends on my career and the quality of my education will get me where I want to go.”
Krystal is the fifth recruit signed by coach Semeniuk and the second college transfer. Krystal joins Angela White as a BCCAA transfer; Tia Sadler, Whitney Hamilton and Emily Kanester have all been recruited out of high school.