Greg Gould, coach of the UPEI Women's Basketball team, is pleased to announce Lauren Fleming has committed to the Panthers for the 2017–18 season.
Fleming, a 5'11" forward from Sussex, New Brunswick, is the leading rebounder and one of the top scorers for the Sussex Regional High Sonics team, which is one of the top high school teams in the Maritimes. Fleming was also selected this year as a starting forward on New Brunswick's U–17 provincial team.
"I chose UPEI because it's the perfect fit for me," said Fleming. "PEI has such a great feel to it, Charlottetown is a beautiful city, and the people are very friendly. UPEI has a beautiful campus, small class sizes, and a great program that I am interested in to start my career. I'm looking forward to working towards my degree at UPEI. I have played against a few of the current Panthers during my high school career and respect their skills and intensity. The youth and talent that UPEI has right now are building towards something special, and I can't wait to be a part of it!"
"Lauren will be a great fit for our team as she is a multi-skilled player who suits our style of play," said Gould. "She rebounds well, attacks the basket, and is a good mid-range shooter. Lauren also defends her position extremely well. She comes from a winning program, and she will bring that winning intensity to our program. I feel Lauren will continue to improve and develop as a player. I look forward to working with her to help her achieve her goals on and off the court."
Fleming will study in UPEI's Bachelor of Kinesiology program.
The Panthers have three home games this weekend. The Men's Hockey team plays Acadia Friday at 7:00 pm. The Women's Hockey team plays Université de Moncton on Saturday at 1:30 pm, and the Men's Hockey team plays once more at home that evening against Saint Mary's University. The puck drops at 7:00 pm. Find more details at gopanthersgo.ca.