Every week, UPEI Athletics and Recreation recognizes two student-athletes for their hard work and dedication to their respective sports. Congratulations to Kiera Rigby and Marcus Power, the UPEI Panther Subway Athletes of the Week for January 15–21!
Kiera Rigby is a fifth-year forward on UPEI Women's Basketball team and a Bachelor of Science (honours) student from Charlottetown. The Panthers had an incredible weekend, beating Dalhousie University on Friday night 84–69 and toppling the number-one team in the country the next night, dropping Acadia University 88–66. On Friday, she scored a career-high 30 points in the Panthers win over Dalhousie. She shot an amazing 72% from the floor including 75% from the three-point line and 78% from the free-throw line. She also recorded two assists, four steals, and one blocked shot. Rigby scored 25 points the next night, shooting 44% from the field. She also had five rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocked shots. "Kiera's performance on the weekend was the best individual performance by a player in my tenure at UPEI," said coach Greg Gould. This is Rigby's second consecutive week as the Panther Subway Athlete of the Week.
Marcus Power is a fourth-year forward on the UPEI Men's Hockey team and a Bachelor of Business Administration student from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The team split a pair of games over the weekend, beating Acadia University 5–1 and losing to Saint Mary's University 5–2. "Marcus has been one our most consistent players this season," said coach Forbes MacPherson. "He was playing on a line Friday night with RT Rice and Darcy Ashley; they were dominant all night, and Marcus was rewarded with three goals."
#BellLetsTalk is just around the corner! The Panthers are proud to sponsor with Bell Aliant for Bell Let's Talk Night on Saturday, January 27. The UPEI Men's and Women's Basketball teams are hosting Cape Breton University. Help us help others join the conversation about mental health.
And don't forget! UPEI students get into all Panther home games for free. Let's fill the stands and make this the best season ever!