Maple Ridge’s Wijenberg takes leading role with Toreros

A one-time MRSS Rambler is going to be a leader with the University of San Diego women’s basketball team this season.

Former Maple Ridge Rambler hoops star Felicia Wijenberg is a key player with an NCAA team this year.

Former Maple Ridge Rambler hoops star Felicia Wijenberg is a key player with an NCAA team this year.

A one-time MRSS Rambler is going to be a leader with the University of San Diego women’s basketball team this season.

The Toreros are 3-0 to start their NCAA hoops campaign, and Felicia Wijenberg is a big part of their success.

She led the team in a 61-53 victory over the Arizona State University Sun Devils on Wednesday, as Wijenberg scored a game-high 15 points on four-of-six shooting from the field. She also pulled down eight rebounds, and was named player of the game.

It was a great offensive outburst from Wijenberg, who averaged seven points per game last season, and five the year before that.

In the first game of the season against Northern Colorado, Wijenberg had 11 points and eight rebounds in just 19 minutes of play. She was forced to sit out for most of the first half because she picked up her second foul less than four minutes into the game.

In their most recent game on Monday night, the Toreros beat cross-town rival San Diego State University 48-45 in a non-conference game at the Viejas Arena in San Diego.

Toreros coach Cindy Fisher praiser her team’s rebounding, and Wijenberg was at the centre of that, leading the team with 10 boards, while also scoring six points and blocking a shot. In a big rivalry game, she was second on the team in playing time, with 36 minutes on the floor.

With that win the Toreros improve to 3-0 overall for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The team, and Wijenberg, appear poised for an exciting season.

San Diego begins its regular season in the West Coast Conference on Dec. 28 when they play Pepperdine in San Diego.