Cassie Cooke prepares to take a shot during Holland College Hurricanes practice on Thursday.
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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – A player, who twice led the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in scoring, has joined the Holland College Hurricanes.
Cassie Cooke led the country in points in 2011-12 with the Cape Breton Capers and 2013-14 with the Brandon Bobcats.
The 25-year-old Westminster, Md., native has been playing at home, but was intrigued by the education and athletic opportunities Holland College provided.
“My strength is definitely my court vision,” Cooke said. “I think with my knowledge and they’re athleticism it’s going to come together very well.”
The versatile five-foot-eight guard said after talking to coach Mike Connolly she felt it would be a good fit in the Hurricanes’ system.
“The girls have been very nice, not to mention they’re doing very well, which plays a big part in what I wanted to be part of.”
The Hurricanes (6-1) are ranked sixth nationally and tied for the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association lead with the Mount Saint Vincent Mystics.
“I am very strong competitor,” Cooke said. “I do not take losing very well and from what I see, they don't either.”
Connolly said they were fortunate to attract Cooke to help fill out a roster for the second semester.
“She’s the kind of kid that will make everybody around her better,” he said. “We’ll likely have her catch the ball on the wing and do some damage and create opportunities for herself and others.”
The Hurricanes host the King’s Blue Devils today at 2 p.m. as they look to make it back to the nationals for a fourth straight year, having finished fifth, third and second in succession.