Sandman Player of the Month: Kilbreath's solid run highlighted by first career double double

Noelle Kilbreath is MacEwan's January Sandman Signature Player of the Month (Eduardo Perez photo).
Noelle Kilbreath is MacEwan's January Sandman Signature Player of the Month (Eduardo Perez photo).

MacEwan Athletics

EDMONTON – Women's basketball guard Noelle Kilbreath has been named the Sandman Signature Player of the Month for the month of January.

Kilbreath wins a free night's stay at the Sandman Signature Hotel downtown.

In January, the second-year Griffins guard scored 51 points in three games and added 22 rebounds – a performance highlighted by her first U SPORTS career double double against Alberta on Jan. 14.

That night, Kilbreath was unstoppable with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds.

"A double double with 11 rebounds in a game for a 5-8 guard is pretty impressive and something that she's shown she's completely capable of," said Griffins head coach Katherine Adams.

The Calgary Christian product followed that up with a solid performance against the Calgary Dinos last weekend, combining for 26 points and 11 rebounds in a pair of road games to help the Griffins earn a split.

Most notably, Kilbreath hit a key three-pointer with 23 seconds left on Saturday to turn a one-point deficit into a two-point lead, setting up a furious final sequence that led to a 67-66 Griffins' win.

"One of the great things about Noelle and one of the ways you can see she's evolving as a player is her consistency," said Adams. "She was able in three games across the month of January to put up a double double, come back against a tough, gritty Calgary team and score 12 points and then the next game score 14 with eight rebounds.

"I think it showcases really well the type of player she is and the type of player we're hopefully going to see a lot more from in the next three and a half years."

For the season, Kilbreath is second on the Griffins in scoring with 14.6 points per game, tied for second in rebounds (5.1/game) and is tied for the team lead in steals (1.9/game).