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Canuck heads south 

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The University of Michigan officially announced today that 2004 Junior Women’s National Team member Stephany Skrba (Richmond Hill, ON) has a signed a letter of intent to join the Wolverines.

"First, Stephany is a brilliant student, which is something we always focus on," remarked Michigan Head Coach Cheryl Burnett. "Our staff is incredibly excited because she possesses a combination of amazing athleticism and great basketball skill. She is a No. 3 player in terms of basketball skill, but her size allows her to play in the post equally well. Her speed and explosion make her a tremendous player on the perimeter as well as in the paint and that is what separates her as a statement player. Once Stephany witnessed one of our practices and experienced our campus, she began to understand the academic excellence of Michigan, the athletic traditions and the progress our program is making on and off the floor."

This past summer, Skrba helped Canada qualify for the FIBA Under 19 World Championship for the first time in the program’s history after the squad captured the bronze medal at the FIBA Americas Under 18 World Championship Qualification Tournament in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

The 2005 FIBA Under 19 World Championship will be played in Hammamet, Tunisia from July 15-24.

At the FIBA Americas qualification event this past summer, Skrba was Canada’s top performer as the 6’2” forward led the squad in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was the tournament’s top rebounder (12.2 rpg). Skrba also led Team Canada in field goal percentage (.529) while finishing second on the team in total minutes (133) and blocked shots (4).

A starter for all five games, Skrba recorded three double-doubles during Team Canada’s five tournament games. Her best statistical effort at the international event came during Canada’s first round robin game versus the Dominican Republic as the 17-year-old finished with a line of 23 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in a 66-39 victory.

This fall Skrba dominated her high school competition in her 12th grade season, averaging more than 30 points per game, including a 46-point effort in a 65-62 win over York Region on October 12. An honor roll student who likes to play the piano in her spare time, Skrba recently poured in 29 points to lead Langstaff to a 58-56 win over Huron Heights in the opening round of the playoffs.

A two-time gold medal winner with Ontario at the 2003 and 2004 Juvenile Girl’s (Under 17) National Championships, Skrba was recently selected to the tournament’s First Team All-Star squad this past summer.

Skrba is the second member of the 2004 Junior Women’s National Team to sign with an NCAA school during the early signing period. On November 12, the University of Oregon announced that they had received a commitment from Tamika Nurse (Hamilton, ON) to suit up for the Ducks in 2005-2006

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