Photos courtesy of Vancouver Sports Pictures
The PACWEST is proud to announce the basketball Athletes of the Week following the 2017 PACWEST championship tournament.
Female Athlete of the Week
Rachel Beauchamp – Douglas College Royals
She led the Royals to their first PACWEST championship since 1993 with a dominating performance in both the semi-final and gold medal games. She finished the tournament with 31 points and an incredible 31 rebounds along with four blocks and one assist and was named MVP. What doesn’t show up in the stats line is how her presence in the middle of the key altered shots and opportunities for the opposition. Beauchamp and the Royals now head to Edmonton for the CCAA National championship where they will be the sixth seed and face #3 the Lethbridge Kodiaks, the Alberta Conference champs.
Male Athlete of the Week
Usama Zaid – VIU Mariners
There are talented players in the PACWEST and then there is Zaid. The Los Angeles native took over the PACWEST championship tournament last weekend and simply dominated both the semi-final and gold medal games. He finished the tournament with 57 points, nine-three pointers, 15 rebounds, five assists and six steals and was named MVP. He led the Mariners to their third straight PACWEST gold medal and will now lead his club to the CCAA Nationals in PEI where they will be the third seed and face the #6 seed George Brown Huskies, a wildcard entry from the Ontario Conference.