BRANDON, MB – It’s been a busy summer for Brandon University Bobcats
women’s basketball coach Jaime Taggart. After getting married on August 7
Taggart has added four recruits for the 2010-2011 season from four
different cities. 



“All four of this year’s recruits will bring a lot to our program,” says Taggart. “They’ll bring their own individual skills as well as the heart and determination which defines our Bobcat basketball program. Those factors make them a good fit for our team.”


CAITLIN BROCK - A 5’7” guard from Winston Knoll Collegiate in Regina, Brock has a long list of accomplishments from a stellar high school career. She was chosen as high school female athlete of the year and senior girl’s basketball MVP in 2009-2010. She was also a  2009-2010 5A Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association All-Star.


“I’m excited to play in Brandon because it will allow me to grow as a basketball player and as a person,” says Brock.  “I love the game of basketball and I’m excited for this opportunity.”

Brock was actively pursued by a number of Universities before choosing Brandon. She’ll log many minutes in her rookie season while pursuing a Bachelor of Physical Education Studies.


“Caitlin has loads of potential and if she maintains the same work ethic she had in high school she will be a great university level player,” says Jeremy Gaboury, Brock’s high school coach. “Her speed combined with her ability to finish with both hands makes her a great transition player, and her improving jump shot makes her very hard to guard.”


– Gillett will be jumping into her second year of eligibility when she transfers to BU from the University of Calgary where she competed in track and field. Gillett, a 6”2” post with incredible athleticism, is a multi-sport athlete who in 2008 was a Alberta Shooting Star MVP.


“The first time I met the team they made feel like a part of the group instantly,” says Gillett. “I’m really looking forward to making a contribution to the team.”

A native of Bonnyville, Alberta, Gillett will compliment returning centre Nicisha Johnson and will be an inside presence that will help on the boards.

“Her jumping ability is off the charts,” says Taggart. “Her rebounding skills will be a great addition to our team.”

CHRISTEN MCLEOD – Coming out of King’s College in Edmonton, McLeod is entering her second year of eligibility. McLeod is a 5’11” perimeter player known for making her own scoring opportunities.

“After speaking with Coach Taggart and a few of the returning players it was very clear they have a high priority on the team aspect and are a close-knit family,” says McLeod. “I’m looking forward to being part of a team that works hard and is ready to get a championship.”

McLeod was a stand-out at Ross Sheppard High School where she was team captain and led the team to an Edmonton City Championship.


KATIE VAN DE SYPE – Van De Sype will be completing her fifth year of eligibility at Brandon University in the 2010-2011 season. Van De Sype is transferring from UBC-Okanagan where she was a regular starter and prolific scorer.

“Katie’s experience will be great for our younger players who are just beginning university,” says Taggart. “Her knowledge of the game and experiences in life will be a valuable asset and is exactly the kind of thing we are trying to teach our student-athletes.”

The Bobcats women’s basketball team kicks off the 2010-2011 Canada West season on October 22 at home against the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack.


To learn more about Bobcat athletics please visit

For more information, please contact:


Jaime Taggart

Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Brandon University

(204) 727-7431    


Matt Packwood

Sports Administration Assistant

Brandon University

(204) 727-7375           

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