Jordan Korol, a Coldstream born athlete, has recently won the Canada West Women’s Third Star award by putting up two double-doubles with 50 points and 33 rebounds in total from the two-day series game against Mount Royal on November 16th and 17th.
Korol is currently in her fourth year, majoring in PPE (political science, philosophy, and economics. Basketball has always been part of Korol’s life as both of her parents were varsity basketball student athletes as well.
Although Korol has the talent and skills to excel on the court, her tireless effort could not help the young Heat women’s basketball as the team would finish the season last year without a win (0-20).
“Coming off of last year’s tough record (0-20), I realized that I needed to be the most physically-prepared athlete I could be in order to produce wins for the team,” commented from Korol. “I’m constantly in the gym for at least 3 hours a day either shooting, lifting weights, or practicing with my team.”
Since her first university year, Korol has been playing for the Heat for four straight years with 65 games as the starting forward. She has shown improvements each year with enhancing number of score and rebounds on individual stats. This season with 12 games in, Korol is, without a doubt, is one of the core scoring leaders and guardians in the paint, averaging 14.3 points per game while grabbing 10.1 rebounds.
Korol’s dedication to be a better and stronger player for the team has helped her to become the first player from the Heat women’s basketball to win the award as the Canada West Women’s Third Star. She attributes the award to the training program from the Heat department.
“I believe that, although it’s awesome to be recognized as an individual, the award, more importantly, points to the growing success of the program,” said Korol. “Our team record (0-12) doesn’t show it, but we’re averaging more total points, rebounds, and assists than any other past Heat team, and that is a win in itself.”
The Heat women’s basketball have finished their first half of the season. They will be travelling on road to Vancouver by playing their first game of the year against the UBC Thunderbirds at 6 P.M., January 4th.