OLDS — Olds College star basketball player Brittney Thibeaux has been named a 2019-20 all-Canadian by the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Thibeaux is a six-foot forward from Lake Villa, Illinois competing in her fifth year of eligibility after transferring from North Dakota State College of Science for her third year.
This is the second season in a row that Thibeaux has been honoured as a CCAA All-Canadian after being selected as the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women’s basketball player of the year, ACAC south first-team all-conference member and ACAC championship tournament all-star earlier in March.
Thibeaux is a two-time ACAC scoring champion and ranks near the top of several career statistical categories, though only competing in the CCAA for three seasons.
She also holds several ACAC records, including most two-point field goals in a season with 218, most blocks in a game and career with seven and 130 respectively.
In 2019-20, Thibeaux had one of the most statistically balanced seasons that a CCAA basketball student-athlete could imagine.
She ranked in the top 10 in almost every statistical category in the (ACAC).
Thibeaux ranked 10th in the ACAC (sixth in the south division) with 722 minutes played and first in field goals with 215. She was third (second in the south) in field goal percentage with 50.8 per cent and second in points and points/game with 526 and 25/game. She was ranked fifth in free throws (third in the south) with 82 and fourth in rebounds (third in south) with 207. Thibeaux ranked second in defensive rebounds (top in the south) with 139 for 9.9 rebounds/game (fifth in the south and sixth in the ACAC) and 32nd in assists (23rd in the south) with 46. She also rankedd seventh in ACAC in steals (sixth in the south) with 58 and second (top in the south) in blocks with 49.
Thibeaux is a team captain and leader on the Broncos.
She leads by example with her work ethic on the court. She makes her team better and does what it takes to win, while also quickly picking her opponent up off the floor.
An indication of her self-improvement is how she scored 14 three-point shots this season, after scoring two and one during the previous two seasons.
She also broke her own record with 49 blocks and a career high 58 steals this season.
“Brittney's impact reaches further than the basketball court,” Broncos athletics manager Trina Radcliffe said.
“She is a ‘franchise’ player in how committed she is to the game and how she makes the players around her better.
“All of us in the Broncos family are proud of her accomplishments over the past three seasons and know she will do amazing things as her basketball career continues.”