DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Anna Kernaghan's standout freshman year continued Wednesday with another individual honour.
Kernaghan, a point guard on the Wesmen women's basketball team, was one of five players nationally to be named to the U Sports all-rookie team during the national championship gala award dinner in Ottawa Wednesday night.
The Sturgeon Heights Collegiate graduate appeared in and started 18 out of 20 conference games as a rookie and finished in the top 20 in Canada West scoring. She averaged 12.5 points per game, scored in double digits in 13 conference games and was one of only two freshmen in the conference to lead her team in scoring. She scored in double digits in her final four conference games and nine of 11 after the holiday break.
In addition, Kernaghan averaged 13.1 points per game in the second half of the season.
Kernaghan was named a Canada West all-rookie all-star last week.
She shot 34.8 per cent from three, second among all freshmen in Canada West and logged a team-high 33.3 minutes per game, which was tops among all rookies and ranked fifth overall in the conference.
Her 83.3 per cent rate at the free-throw line was also among the best in Canada West, ranking fourth.
Kernaghan also averaged 3.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Kernaghan becomes the first Wesmen player to be highlighted by the national body of university sport in Canada since 2017-18 when Antoinette Miller was named a first-team all-Canadian and Lena Wenke won the national Tracy MacLeod Award for courage.
She is the first Wesmen player to be named to the all-rookie team since Stephanie Kleysen earned the honour in 2010-11 and the first Winnipegger since current Wesmen redshirt Kyanna Giles did it for Regina in 2016-17.