The perfect end to a perfect career.
SFU, The Peak. vol134. Issue10 -Matt Lee
“She’s incredibly well spoken, thoughtful, and as kind a person you could ever meet in your life . . . and she’s going to blossom in the world, believe me.”-Langford
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Only a select few women’s basketball players in Clan history have had the year that Robyn Buna has had. During the Clan’s famed 10-year history in the CIS, only legends Jessica Kaczowka and Lani Gibbons have been able to win player of the year honours, and only Gibbons has been able to win both the CIS player of the year and CIS nationals’ most valuable player of the tournament. Last week Buna joined the two in the upper echelon of SFU legends, as she earned the CIS player of the year award. And after guiding her team towards a repeat CIS championship victory, Buna was named the tournament’s most valuable player. The two awards complete the sweep for Buna, who earlier earned Canada West First Team All-Star status to go along with her Canada West most valuable player award. Add all the individual awards together with her third CIS national championship, and it’s been a perfect end to what’s been a perfect career. In the team’s first game of the championships against McMaster, Buna exploded for 27 points before being held to just three in the second versus Regina. Buna’s spectacular three-point percentage throughout the years made her a threat every time she had the ball from beyond the arc. And sure enough, when the season and the championship were on the line, Robyn Buna was able to deliver; she drained 17 points in the championship contest, a game high.
“Everyone was saying SFU was the team to beat and we just took it one game a time,” said Buna. “We knew we had to play hard and with confidence.”
One memorable play came in the second quarter when Buna reached up high to block a Windsor shot, only to carry the ball coast-to-coast en route towards an easy layup. The basket signalled a turning point in the game when the Lancers kept the contest close…….
While the allure of prolonging her basketball career is there, Buna doesn’t expect to compete internationally once her university tenure is complete. She was able to not only flourish on the court, but also in class, as she has been a three-time Academic All-Canadian……
Just like with basketball, if there’s a challenge in Buna’s path, it’s easy to say that she will deliver. Even head coach Bruce Langford, not one to show much emotion, had some kind words for his departing senior.
“She’s incredibly well spoken, thoughtful, and as kind a person you could ever meet in your life . . . and she’s going to blossom in the world, believe me.” (SFU)