Not a bad way to top off the end to the basketball season for UNBC Timberwolves guard Lindsay Anderson.
Anderson finished her third season with the T-wolves leading the league in points and second in assists. She was named to the woman’s first all-star team as well as being named Academic All-Canadian. She picked up 285 points in 18 games and 75 assists.
Last week Anderson added to her accomplishments being named as the first T-wolves woman athlete as an All-Canadian.
“It’s really neat. I never really thought about it coming to a new school where no one had ever done it, or to be the first,” said Anderson, who is from Melfort Saskatchewan.
“I didn’t even realize it until they told me and it was like, hey, that’s the first. It’s kind of exciting to be the first.”
What made Anderson successful, was the same thing that made the team successful.
“There was a lot of talent. But with a lot of first- year players, you don’t know how things were going to turn out. Sometimes it takes a while to learn how to win but we didn’t seem to have that problem this year. We had a lot of people who had the heart and liked to put games away at the end and we won a lot of close ones. Just a lot of girls who like to work hard,” she said.
Anderson had a promising start with the T-wolves during her first year, but during her second season missed a lot of games because of injury.
Anderson came into this season as a seasoned veteran among a group of gifted first-year players and as such was looked at to produce.
“It was great coming to this school, it had a losing record and watching it develop and have my third season, and a winning season, was great. It was one of my goals I had when I came here and it was nice to see it happen,” she said.
“I loved being put under pressure and stuff like that. I was really happy with the way things turned out. I didn’t really feel the pressure. It’s just kind of like you’re out there and you play your game and you watch your teammates play well and it’s just fun.”
Though she doesn’t know what she wants to do next season and much of that depends on what universities are looking at, there is a chance that Anderson will move up to CIS.
“It definitely helps but it all depends on how I go and play against those girls. Being named All-Canadian isn’t going to put me on a team. It’s an honour and basically it’s hard work from here,” said Anderson. If Anderson returns to the BCCAA next season she will be ineligible to play in the CIS in her fifth year.