Big congrats to Manitoba’s Claire Signatovich of the University of Alberta on being named the @usportsca National Defensive Player of the Year (for a second consecutive year)!


For the second-straight season, the best defensive player in U SPORTS Women’s Basketball is Alberta Pandas forward Claire Signatovich. The fourth-year Winnipeg product turned in a stellar season for the Pandas, who finished conference play with a 14-6 record. Signatovich led Canada West with 37 blocks, finishing sixth in with 182 total rebounds, third with 127 defensive rebounds, while adding 30 steals.

Having already established herself as one of the best defensive players in Alberta and Canada West history, Signatovich now also becomes just the fifth player to be named national defensive player of the year multiple times, following Rachel Hart (2007, 2008), Katie Miyazaki (2010, 2011), Miah-Marie Langlois (2012, 2013, 2014) and Khaleann Caron-Goudreau (2019, 2020).


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