Lions women’s basketball sign first recruit for 2021-22 season

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York University Lions women’s basketball head coach Erin McAleenan has signed her first recruit for the 2021-22 season: Ashanti Christian.

Christian is a 5-foot-6 guard from Windsor, Ont. with a tremendous history of success on the court and in the classroom. She attended Ecole Secondaire Catholique E.J. Lajeunesse, where she starred for the girls’ basketball team, earning regional all-star honours three times while helping the squad win the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) gold medal in 2019 and a silver medal in 2018.

Ashanti Christian
Ashanti Christian will join the Lions women’s basketball roster for the 2021-22 season

She also played club basketball with the Windsor Valiants, where she was a two-time JUEL Prep all-star and won the JUEL Prep silver medal in 2019.

“We are thrilled to have Ashanti joining our program,” said McAleenan. “She’s an athletic point guard who creates well for her teammates and is a good on-ball defender. Ashanti’s leadership skills and determined work ethic will also be great additions, and we cannot wait to have her on campus.”

Christian was a three-time honour roll student in high school and will study kinesiology and health science at York.

“I committed to York because, after doing ample research, I have come to the conclusion that York University is perfect for me,” said Christian. “I’m very excited to continue my academic and athletic career at this amazing institution.”

Christian will hit the court with her teammates for the first time next fall for the 2021-22 season.