author: konstantin kharitonov | sports editor
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Coach Taylor ecstatic with additions
The recruiting phase remains in full swing, as the women’s basketball team has added three new players to their roster. The newest ladies to don the Cougars colours are Macaela Crone, Emily Dewey, and Madeleine Tell. Both Crone and Dewey reign from NCAA Division I schools, the former coming from Louisiana Tech and the latter from the University of Nebraska Omaha. However, both originate from western Canada. Same goes for Tell, who graduated from Luther College High School right here in Regina.
Each player comes with a large amount of hype, based off past performance and praise from head coach Dave Taylor. When talking about the newest recruits, Taylor invasions they have a lasting effect on the team.
“Bringing in Emily and Macaela reminds me of when we added Katie Polischuk and Charlotte Kot. Madeline also fills a specific need we had moving forward. After having the last two U SPORTS Rookie of the Year awards, adding another strong class really sets us up for the next few seasons.”
All three athletes represented Saskatchewan on a provincial scale in their careers, with Crone and Dewey as teammates winning back to back 17U provincial championship bronze medals in 2015 and 2016, with Tell played for Saskatchewan in the 2017 Summer Games. As Well, Taylor had some individual praise for each player, calling Crone as an all-around offensive player with size, naming Dewey to be the best player in Regina, and Tell to be the top graduating guard in Regina. If there is one person that is putting a lot of money on these three to be able to step in and replace the graduating class, it is definitely Taylor.
Then again, Crone, Tell and Dewey are all extremely talented players coming in to arguably the best women’s basketball program in the West, so it is not small praise from a coach who knows how to evaluate talent. For a team who is looking off to build upon back to back U SPORTS championship appearances and a bronze medal from last year, the more talent that the team can rack up, the better.
While the team was lights out the entire year, the season ended in such a heartbreak against their biggest rival in the Saskatchewan Huskies, the Cougars absolutely should be loading up to go on another tear, with a mindset of not only making it to the championship but destroying all opposition along the way. Make sure to watch for the Cougars attempt to absolutely crush the Huskies in every meeting this year in revenge.
Let’s see if Crone, Tell, and Dewey will share the same drive as the rest of the team does in their quest to avenge last year’s semifinals loss. Judging by Taylor’s judgement, they will be.