MWBA - Maritime Womens Basketball Association

MWBA News ‘N Notes

  • Maritime Women’s Basketball Association’s first-ever MVP, Haley McDonald, reached an impressive milestone as the Atlantic University Sport women’s basketball conference kicked off last weekend. McDonald hung 23 points in a 94-57 win over St. Francis Xavier University X-Women, passing Paloma Anderson as the Axewomen’s all-time leader in points scored with 1460 career points.
  •       Both Fredericton and Halifax have competitive fall leagues operating. In New Brunswick’s Capital City, the four team TRL Solutions Fredericton Women’s Basketball League is in its third year four teams and a number of MWBA Fredericton Freeze players. In Halifax, the MELBA circuit boasts 11 teams. Ellen Hatt, the former Acadia star who played with Halifax Thunder last season, is in the Fredericton league as she studies at the University of New Brunswick.
  • Freeze guard Rahshida Atkinson, who was an Ontario University Athletics third team all-star with University of Toronto Blues, is an official in New Brunswick. She is also coaching Nackawic High Nighthawks varsity boys’ basketball team.
  • MWBA scoring champion Karissa Kajorinne of the Windsor Edge and her Portuguese pro team, Olivais, remain winless through seven starts. The squad has been in five very tight games, but was whacked against Benfica. Kajorinne logged 35 minutes and had 11 points.
  • Port City Fog centre Kaylee Kilpatrick is coaching at the prep school level this season with Rothesay Netherwood School Riverhawks.
  • All six MWBA teams have committed to playing in 2023. There is continued talk of expansion, but the MWBA is forming a committee to ensure numerous potential questions have answers. One thing is for certain, there will not be a second team in Fredericton at this point after a potential deal fell through to create a natural rivalry for the Freeze.
  • Halifax Thunder owner Brandon Rafuse celebrates 25 season of basketball programming with his organization. Rafuse has held numerous teams under his umbrella at various youth levels, but stepped into the women’s level with the MWBA last season. Many of his players were Thunder alum.
  • Windsor Edge owner Marc Ffrench is working as a recruiter with Mount Royal University Cougars of Canada West Universities Athletic Association.
  • Port City will have new leaders at the top of the organization. Jillian Wilton, who founded the Fog, is expected to stay involved with the program, but long-time Basketball New Brunswick and interscholastic coach Paul Hickey will head the leadership group for 2023.
  • Wilton, by the way, is the head coach of the Saint John High Greyhounds field hockey team. The squad wiped out a 4-1 deficit in the second half and won 5-4 over Miramichi’s James M. Hill High Tommies to win the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association title.
  • Moncton Mystics sold out the first-ever MWBA pre-season game and set the tone for a remarkable 2022 season with large crowds following all six teams. The Mystics played out of Harrison Trimble High School.
  • Mark Forward, the co-owner of MWBA champion Halifax Hornets, has his Mount St. Vincent University Mystics sitting at No. 4 in the pre-season Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association rankings.
  • Sports & Entertainment Atlantic will return to the MWBA as its corporate partner. S|E|A was instrumental in the MWBA’s first-season of success attracting numerous high-level Maritime-based partners including Medavie, Royale, Cushman Wakefield Realty, Garrison Brewery and numerous other partners.
  • The MWBA is seeking a social media director to handle its Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages. You can contact info@themwba if interested with your resume. The position is volunteer, but does come with a year-end stipend.
  • There is interest percolating with the Women’s American Basketball Association for potential exhibition games with MWBA teams. Lewiston-Auburn Maples of Maine have held talks with games next spring. The Maples are part of a league that stretches to Florida, featuring 32 teams last season.
  • (- Tanya Everett Photo)