The Brandon University women's basketball team did not have to look far to find their latest recruit for the 2015-2016 Canada West season.  Hometown product Desirae Peiffer will be plying her trade with the Lady 'Cats this fall where she'll be enrolling in the physical education studies program.

The 5-foot-10 forward capped off her high school career with the Crocus Plainsmen, where she was coached by former Bobcat men's basketball star Adam Hartman.

"I was given a great opportunity to continue my basketball career and education that also allowed me to stay close to home, which is something I've always wanted," said Peiffer. "The facility and the friendly atmosphere is something that really attracted me right from the start."

Peiffer powered her Plainsmen to a Brandon High School Basketball League Championship en route to securing a spot in the AAAA provincials.

Peiffer put up solid numbers throughout her senior season, including a 22-point performance as the Plainsmen won the third and deciding game of the city finals 53-47 over the Vincent Massey Vikings.

"Des has a natural feel for the game and pretty good footwork. For her age, I think she has a good understanding of the game as well, but as is the case for most high school players, it's a big jump up to the CIS level," said BU women's coach Novell Thomas. "The speed of the game will be an adjustment, but within six to 12 months her strength and conditioning will improve. I'm excited to work with Des as she transitions to this level."

Peiffer was recognized as a graduating high school all-star by Basketball Manitoba for her efforts and joins American guard Keisha Cox as newcomers to the BU women's basketball program for the upcoming conference campaign.

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