THE THRILL OF WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
It was a jam-packed week in sports, but through all the games that took place, the death of Kobe Bryant on January 26th hovered over the entire athletic world.
The late retired NBA Laker died after a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California just outside Los Angeles. The casualties included his 13 year-old daughter, Gianna. The investigation is still ongoing.
The father-daughter duo were on their way to one of Gianna’s basketball games, where they were accompanied by two of her teammates and their guardians. Bryant was noted by the WNBA as a proponent of women’s basketball, and many noted how Gianna had high prospects in her playing career.
For this edition of BC Sports Magazine, we spotlight women’s basketball. Collegiate basketball, in particular, thrives with women’s participation. Our guest, Jessica Hanson, is the fifth forward of the UBC Thunderbirds. She was integral to UBC’s most recent victory against the Macewan Griffins from Edmonton by scoring 27 points.
Hanson said that basketball plays a part in her growth.
“Especially as a woman or girl, the leadership that I’ve learned through basketball and being captain of our team translates a lot into life aspects in school or outside jobs. It’s not necessarily a feminine sport, so it’s just about establishing yourself as a strong and confident woman and not being afraid of that or shying away from that.” – Jessica Hanson, UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Basketball Captain
The UBC Thunderbirds take on the The University of Winnipeg’s Wesmen after their bye week on February 7th and 8th.