The University of Winnipeg Women's Basketball Team has announced that Julia Schatkowsky will be joining the Wesmen this fall as part of the 2022-23 Canada West season.  

Admitting there were aspects in her game that needed work coming out of high school, Julia Schatkowsky devoted the next four years to address them.

Now the 6-foot-2 forward is going to take that experience and bring it to the Winnipeg Wesmen.

Schatkowsky, a transfer from the CMU Blazers, has committed to head coach Alyssa Cox and the Wesmen women's basketball program as the latest member of the recruiting Class of 2022.

She will enroll in Education and have one year of eligibility after a standout four-year run with the Blazers in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.

"It was always a goal for me to at least keep playing after high school. No matter where I played, I just wanted to keep playing," Schatkowsky said.

"Coming out of high school, there were definitely a lot of things I needed to improve on, which is what CMU helped me do. As soon as I really chose basketball as the sport I wanted to continue playing, yeah, I definitely wanted to play for as long as I could."

The graduate of Vincent Massey Collegiate won four MCAC titles in her time with the Blazers, including being championship MVP in 2022 and 2020.

Schatkowsky played mostly post at Massey, which she helped to a runner-up finish at the 2017 AAAA provincial championship. She said her time at CMU allowed her to "develop different aspects of my game" and play all five positions.

"I definitely learned a lot at CMU for the four years that I played there. I think I grew as a player and a leader there, so I'm hoping that I can just contribute some of the things that I've learned at CMU on and off the court.

Schatkowsky was also a two-time member of the Manitoba provincial team prior to joining head coach Joe DiCurzio's CMU program.

"We are thrilled to welcome Julia to the program," Wesmen head coach Alyssa Cox said. "She is coming off an incredible four years at CMU where she has been a force for them both in scoring and on the boards. In her first few training sessions, she has shown that she is ready for the U Sports level. She competes hard and plays with versatility being able to post up inside or stretch for three. We look forward to seeing how Julia will utilize these skills on the court this season."

Schatkowsky joins a recruiting class that already includes Selkirk forward Sarah Boitson and Camosun College transfers Tamiya Ness and Sadie McMillan-Stowards.


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