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Acadia’s Paloma Anderson named U SPORTS women’s basketball MVP

Len Harvey talking to Paloma Anderson in AUS semifinal game vs SMU. - Peter Oleskvich
Coach Len Harvey talking to Paloma Anderson - Peter Oleskvich (FILE)

WOLFVILLE - The name Paloma Anderson has become synonymous with record setting at Acadia University.

The 5-foot-1 point guard is now the only Acadia player to be selected as U SPORTS MVP. Anderson accepted the Nan Copp Award recognizing the U Sports Basketball Player of the Year at the annual All-Canadian gala, which was hosted in Regina, Sask. March 7.

The prestigious award comes in Anderson’s fifth year of eligibility with Acadia. The Axewomen concluded the regular season with a standout 18-2 record to secure first place in the AUS standings, and won the AUS women's basketball championship. On average, Anderson drained 18.9 points per game, snatched 6.8 rebounds and completed 5.5 assists in season play.

On top of leading the nation in assists, the two-time AUS MVP also led the Atlantic conference with 52 steals, was second in conference scoring and finished first in team scoring for Acadia.

Anderson leaves behind several school records for the Axewomen of tomorrow to attempt to top: 41 points scored in a single game, 292 successful career free throws, and 1,446 career points scored in four seasons.

Known for her speed and unwavering focus – combined with undeniable skill – Anderson was named an AUS first-team all-star three years in a row, and U SPORTS First Team All-Canadian twice.

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