Velasquez gets OCAA weekly award after double-double performance

by | Nov 23, 2019 | Sports

Jayvon Mitchum, Sports Reporter

Felicia Velasquez is one reason why Humber Hawks women’s basketball team remains undefeated.

And the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association noticed, naming her as the athlete of the week after Velasquez tallied a double-double during the Nov. 6 game against the Fanshawe Falcons. Teammates are enthusiastic about her receiving the reward as the Hawks start the season on a 5-0 record, but she’s handling it in the humblest way possible.

“It’s good, but I definitely couldn’t have gotten it without my team,” the fourth-year point guard said. “It’s a humbling achievement to get.”

Velasquez, who is also playing in her fourth year with the team, achieved the double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.

She’s averaging 7.2 rebounds per game, tops on the team, and is third in field goals with 44.1 per cent while averaging 7.8 points per game.

Velasquez said she intends on helping the team stay in the win column, and uses her role mod-

el Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul to motivate her.

“He shows that even though you’re small, you could still be one of the best players,” Velasquez said. “You don’t have to be big to be the best.”

Along with her work ethic, her calm attitude has also been apart of the team’s attention towards her, including her head coach, Ajay Shar- ma, and fellow teammate, Ivana Twumasi.

Head coach Ajay Sharma, currently in his ninth season, said Velasquez “was bound” to receive the athlete of the week honour “at some point.”

“She’s a big part of our team, sets the table for all of us, me included,” Sharma said.

He said he’s impressed by the way Velasquez demonstrates leadership on the court.

“She’s our coach on the floor, our thinker,” Sharma said. “Really, her job is to make everybody max out on their abilities while they’re on the court.”

Sophomore shooting guard Ivana Twumasi said “it wasn’t a surprise” that she received it.

“I feel like she deserves it because she works really hard, she’s a really good teammate,” Twumasi said. “She’s also a great leader on our team.”

She also believes Velasquez will continue to get recognized based on her progress throughout the season and work ethic.

“She had a good week, and I feel like she’s going to have a couple more good weeks ahead,” Twumasi said. “I’m proud of her.”