More Canada West accolades for Chilliwack’s Deanna Tuchscherer

The GW Graham grad had all-star and all-rookie status bestowed upon her Thursday.

Two University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball players, including Chilliwack’s Deanna Tuchscherer, earned all-star accolades on Thursday as Canada West announced its all-conference teams.

On the women’s side, Taylor Claggett was named a first team all-star, while Deanna Tuchscherer was a third team all-star and an all-rookie selection.

Tuchscherer’s impressive transition to the university ranks not only netted an all-rookie slot, she became the only first-year player to make a CW women’s basketball all-star team this season. The six-foot-one forward out of Chilliwack’s G.W. Graham Secondary averaged 15.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, ranking second on the team to teammate Taylor Claggett in both categories.

She finished 10th in the CW scoring race, and led all U SPORTS rookies in total points (308) and field goals (123).

Claggett capped a sensational senior campaign by earning her second CW all-star nod – she was a third-teamer in 2018-19. The Mission product by way of Abbotsford’s Mennonite Educational Institute won the conference rebounding title, hauling down 10.4 boards per game, and finished second in the scoring race (19.6 ppg). The five-foot-11 forward also finished ninth in assists per game (3.4), making her the only player to rank top-10 in all three categories.

Along the way, Claggett became UFV’s all-time leading scorer (1,474 points), and set three Canada West records: free throws in a season (145), free throws in a career (521), and career minutes per game (33.9).

Tuchscherer’s team is in action later today, taking on the Alberta Pandas in a quarter-final that tips off at 7 p.m. PST.

The winner advances to face the Calgary-UNBC winner on Friday.

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