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How the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers become the top women’s basketball team in U Sports

The programme, which is led by native talent Jenna Mae Ellsworth, is currently ranked first in Canada.

The UPEI women’s basketball team is ranked first in the country for the first time in programme history, and it did so with local talent.

“It’s enormous. I believe we worked hard for what we got. Much of it is the result of a lot of hard effort, “Jenna Mae Ellsworth, the team’s star, acknowledged as much.

“It entails a significant amount of effort. It’s wonderful to see. But we’re simply taking things day by day and trying to improve.”

So far, the squad has won all nine of its games, captained by fifth-year Ellsworth, a Prince Edward Island native.

The ranking is far from a certain conclusion. Prior to COVID-19, the Panthers won the Atlantic University Sport championship in 2020, then finished third at U Sports nationals.

“It demonstrated to everyone that we are capable of achieving our goals. In a community like Charlottetown, P.E.I., we can develop a national championship-level programme “Matt Gamblin, the head coach stated.

“It really extended the perspectives of not only the players but also the programme and the community, in terms of what we can do here.”

Ellsworth is a Panthers fan who grew up watching them play. She grew up in Charlottetown and used to go to UPEI games as a kid.

“I’d attend any basketball game if I could. I enjoy going to the gym “Ellsworth, whose mother used to coach the squad, echoed this sentiment.

She’s now the team’s leading player.

Jenna Mae Ellsworth was selected as the top U Sports women’s basketball player in 2020. She was named Atlantic University Sports Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same year.

She’s also the school’s all-time leading scorer, with over 2,000 points to her credit.

That, according to Gamblin, is the result of a lot of hard effort.

Ellsworth was the first person Gamblin met during his interview for the UPEI head coaching job, according to Gamblin.

She was in the middle of her second workout of the day, with a third scheduled for later.

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