Chilliwack basketball star Kayli Sartori wins Basketball BC award

The University of the Fraser Valley standout was recognized for her CIS b-ball exploits.

University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball star

University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball star

Kayli Sartori added to her already-impressive 2015-16 awards haul last Saturday as she was named the female university athlete of the year at the Basketball BC Hall of Fame and Awards Gala in Vancouver.

The fourth-year guard/forward out of W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford was selected from a group of finalists which also included Diana Lee (UBC Thunderbirds) and Emma Piggin (Thompson Rivers WolfPack).

“It’s a special honour for Kayli, and our program,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “There are so many great athletes playing on university teams in the province, and it’s nice for her to be recognized for the outstanding season she had.”

The Chilliwack native becomes the first Cascade to be recognized as Basketball BC’s female university athlete of the year. The program, though, did have several players win the female college athlete of the year award during the Cascades’ days in the BCCAA (now known as the PacWest).

Honourees included Sue Parke (1993-94, 1994-95), Denise Rehman (1995-96), Martha Craig (1996-97), Lauren Alonzo (2002-03) and Jamie Born (2003-04, 2004-05).

Sartori averaged 18.4 points per game to win the Canada West women’s basketball scoring title this past season. She also ranked among the league leaders in rebounding (7.7 per game, 11th), assists (4.5 apg, fourth), blocks (1.5 bpg, fourth) and steals (2.3 spg, eighth), and was subsequently named a Canada West first team all-star, a CIS second team All-Canadian, and UFV’s female athlete of the year.