Warburton to be part of Wesmen women's basketball program

Gene Still

Carman's Alex Warburton will be hitting the court this fall as a member of the University of Winnipeg Wesmen Women's basketball team.

Warburton, who attends Sanford Collegiate and is a member of the Sabres varsity basketball squad, agreed to attend the U of W and join the Wesmen for the 2011-2012 season.

"Being close to home was important," Warburton said about her decision. "I also wanted to play to represent my province."

An Established Program

Another factor was that the Wesmen ladies have an established program and they are part of the Canada West Conference that includes teams from Western Canada and Lakehead University based out Thunder Bay.

"It helped influence my decision. It's nice to be part of a solid program," Warburton said. "And I'm really excited to travel. We will be in a league with teams from B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan."

The six-foot-two forward is having an impressive season for Sanford and averaging 22 points, 15 rebounds per game. She is also shooting 80 per cent from the free throw line.

During the 2009-2010 AAA Provincial Championships, Warburton helped lead her team to a bronze medal averaging 28 points per game and earning a spot on the provincial all-star squad.

National Level Experience

Warburton also has extensive experience at the national level as a four year member of the Manitoba Provincial Team (midget and juvenile). She averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds this past summer.

At Sanford she received the Varsity Girl's Coach's Award (2008-2009) and was the Sabres' varsity girl's MVP for the Sabre's 2009-2010 season.

Warburton was also selected an all-star at the Sabres Classic and Windsor Park Tournaments (2009-2010) and took MVP honours at the 2008-09 Sabres Classic Tournament.

The high school senior also does well off the court in the classroom averaging 97.5 per cent and is part of the honour roll at Sanford.