Women’s basketball in the MCAC is more competitive than ever in the 2014-2015 season, and the Week 15 battle between Red River College and Canadian Mennonite University represented that fact perfectly.
After a hard-fought four quarters, the teams went into overtime, where the Blazers took down the first-place Rebels 72-71 in what was the highest scoring MCAC women’s game in the last two years. To edge out the three-time champions like that, a team really needs a leader to help players dig deep – and that is exactly what the Blazers have in Cassie Wiebe.
Wiebe, a second year guard for CMU, has taken over leadership of the team with the young squad that surrounds her, and that has translated both on and off the court.
Against the Rebels, Wiebe dropped a team high 18 points, to go along with five assists, four steals, and 41:13 of playing time. Wiebe, who is normally known for distributing and defense, saw her team’s need for her to score, and that extra effort, in many ways, might have been the difference on Saturday night.
Her ability to see a need and meet it for her team is something that is evident both in the game, and on the practice court. Her hard work is evident to all those in the Blazers program, including her head coach.
“Cassie is a pleasure to coach,” says head coach Joe DiCurzio. “She’s worked very hard to improve her game this season, and it shows out on the court as she’s really led by example this season.”
If the Final Fours started today, the Blazers would be facing off against the Providence Pilots in the semifinals – the same opponents they face on Saturday. These teams have played very tight this season, and if CMU wants to take that edge off the Pilots, they might just want to look to Cassie Wiebe to be the difference.