Campus Life

Horns already add recruit to fold

Heading into the final stretch of the 2014-15 Canada West season, the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s basketball program has taken a moment to look to the future, announcing the program's first commitment for the 2015-16 season - southern Alberta product Teesha Olson.

“Teesha is a key piece of the puzzle for our program as a long, athletic guard that can slash to the rim and shoot the three,” says McAleenan. “Her work ethic, determination, and commitment will be integral for our program as we strive for excellence both on and off the court.”

A Magrath native, Olson has been named a Southern Alberta High School Basketball League (SAHSBL) second team all-star in both her grade 10 and 11 seasons and was top five in league scoring during both seasons.

The five-foot-nine inch guard averaged 16 points per game in grade 10, 15.4 points per game in grade 11 and through four league games this season she is leading the SAHSBL in scoring, averaging 21 points per contest.

In addition to her prowess on the basketball court, Olson has also excelled on the track. Last year, she was the female track MVP for Magrath High School, qualifying for zones in long jump and triple jump, and qualifying for provincials in triple jump.

Demonstrating a balance of being an exceptional student-athlete in high school, Olson has achieved honour roll status in both grade 10 and 11 and received the top overall academic achievement at Magrath High School in her grade each year.

McAleenan had the opportunity to become familiar with Olson when she coached her last spring with the Jr. Horns U17 PEBL team.

“We had the opportunity to see Teesha’s coachability and work ethic on our U17 PEBL Jr Horns team last spring, and that sealed the deal that we needed to have her in our program,” says McAleenan. “I am thrilled to sign such an elite level and well-rounded student-athlete like Teesha.”