The future of the University of Northern British Columbia’s Women’s basketball team’s backcourt looks bright, as the Timberwolves officially announce the commitment of quicksilver guard Anastasia Soltes for the 2019-2020 Canada West season.
“I am so excited to have made it official and be playing basketball with the Timberwolves at the U SPORTS level. The Timberwolves had such a fantastic season, and I really enjoyed following along. I am so excited to be joining such a great program.”
The combo guard, who is comfortable playing off the ball or running an offense, was able to visit the UNBC Prince George campus in the winter. She was able to practice with the Timberwolves, while touring the Northern Sport Centre and the rest of the facilities.
“When I came on a visit to UNBC, I loved how serene the environment was, and I could really see myself studying there and thriving in basketball. The facilities were amazing. I loved the campus and thought it was so beautiful. When I saw the amazing gym, I was blown away, and it made me excited to play there for the next five years.”
The native of Calgary , who will graduate from Henry Wise Wood High School in June, plans to enroll in Environmental Studies at UNBC. She has a passion for educating others on sustainability and resource management.
“I chose UNBC because it not only had a good basketball team, but it had good academics and a program I am really interested in. When I met the team, they were so nice, and I really liked the coaches. I felt like it was a perfect fit with environment, the sports, and the school.”
Soltes, who stands five-foot-seven, was the MVP of her team at Henry Wise Wood, scoring 39 points in a game earlier this season. She led the Warriors to the city championship, and is looking forward to making the jump to the highest level of Canadian university sport.
“I think the biggest adjustment from high school to U SPORTS will be the toughness and strength of the girls. Over the next five years, you will see I am an agile player who likes to drive to the basket, but also look for the open kickout. I love to make space, and take the three if it’s there. Defense is my strength, and I love to pick off passes or steal from my opponents.”
Timberwolves coach Sergey Shchepotkin says his newest addition has the attitude and physical tools to make a successful transition to Canada West. He says the fact that Soltes won her team’s “most coachable” award is proof that she will be a contributor over her five years in green and gold.
“I am really excited to add Anastasia to our team. She has an incredible work ethic, and plays with passion and quickness at both ends of the floor. Her intensity and willingness to work will make our defense better. This is an important piece for us.”
Giving credit to coaches Eddie Richardson, Matt Spencer, and Karen Cheney for playing instrumental roles in her basketball journey, Soltes, who is a product of Genesis Basketball, will join her new teammates for training camp in August.
“Basketball has always been a stress reliever for me, and no matter how bad a day I have had, it is always something I look forward to. I have made some amazing friendships through basketball and I look forward to making many more.”