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Former Rambler busts out with Toreros

Maple Ridge’s Felicia Wijenberg had a breakout week in NCAA basketball. - Contributed photo
Maple Ridge’s Felicia Wijenberg had a breakout week in NCAA basketball.
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Former Maple Ridge Ramblers basketball star Felicia Wijenberg had a great week playing in her junior season with the University of San Diego Toreros.

In the second week of action in the West Coast Conference of Division 1 women’s basketball, the six-foot-two forward had one of the most productive weeks of her Torero career.

In Thursday’s loss to Brigham Young University, Wijenberg was quietly the player of the game as she scored a career-high 14 points, and pulled down seven rebounds. Her presence was also felt on the defensive side of the ball, as she was able to neutralize the Cougar’s six-foot-seven post player Jennifer Hamsen, and made her an almost non-factor.

Wijenberg followed that up with a new career-high of 15 points in the win over Loyola Marymount University, and she grabbed a season-high nine rebounds, to just miss her first double-double of the season.

Overall, in conference play,  Wijenberg is averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

She is fourth in the conference in shooting percentage with 21 baskets on 39 attempts for a 53.8 per cent average, tied for tenth in blocked shots and offensive rebounds and is 21st in the conference in scoring.

Wijenberg played basketball for MRSS until she was invited in grade 11 to attend the prestigious National Elite Development Academy in Ontario. She made the under-18 national team as a 16 year old, and helped the team win silver in the FIBA Americas tournament.

She was part of Maple Ridge’s 2006-2007 senior girls basketball team coached by Don Herman that won the B.C. championship, and she was named MVP as a grade 10 player.

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