Blazers Shirliz Apiyo is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Nov. 28, 2021

During the fourth week of the 2021-22 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s basketball season, fourth year guard Shirliz Apiyo filled up the scoresheet and almost averaged a quadruple-double over two road wins for the first place Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers in the week ending Nov. 28, 2021.

The co-captain had a fantastic weekend as she scored 39 points, 20 assists, 16 rebounds and 13 steals to improve the Blazers record to a perfect 6-0 so far this season.

To begin the weekend, Apiyo recorded a triple-double with a game-high 18 points, 11 assists, ten assists plus nine steals while playing 37 minutes in a 80-54 win over Providence University College (PUC) Pilots on Fri., Nov. 26. The next night, the Winnipeg native added another game-high 21 points along with nine assists, six rebounds and four steals in 36 minutes of action during the 77-62 victory over arch-rival PUC.

“Shirliz is an incredible basketball player who leaves it all on the floor. On Friday, she was one steal short of a quadruple double. That is a feat that very few people ever achieve at this level, enthused CMU’s head coach Joe DiCurzio. “Her work ethic is second to none and she is constantly working on improving her game. From her first year to this year, her skill set has improved immensely as well as her team play and her incredible ability to play superb defence. A key leader for the team.” 

Apiyo leads the MCAC in scoring average with 15.3 point per game plus league assists with 6.0 per game while fifth in MCAC rebounding at 6.2 per game.

The Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies student-athlete at CMU is looking to continue this perfect season as they host PUC on Saturday, December 4 at 6 p.m. CT.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC