Calgary’s Yvonne Ejim leads Gonzaga to opening victory in women’s March Madness

Another Calgary hoops hero is moving on in the NCAA Women’s basketball tournament.

Yvonne Ejim, a 2020 graduate from the Edge School in Calgary, scored 14 points and added six rebounds Friday as the Gonzaga Bulldogs defeated Nebraska 68-55, to move to the second round of the women’s tourney.

According to Alberta Basketball’s Twitter feed, Ejim is one of four Albertans competing in March Madness. The others include former Calgarian Phillipina Kyei, Edmonton’s Aher Uguak and Calgary’s Clayton Henry,

Henry was part of the winning team Thursday night, when New Mexico upset Connecticut in the opening night of the NCAA men’s basketball tourney.

Henry is a former student at Bishop McNally high school in Calgary who got started playing hoops here – and he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

Kyei moved to Calgary from Ghana when she was 13, starring in local hoops before moving to Toronto. She plays for the Oregon Ducks whose first game is Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Belmont.

Edmonton’s Aher Uguak plays for Loyola, which lost Friday.

Ejim’s former classmates at the Edge School cheered her on from Twitter Friday.

“Cheering on alumna Yvonne Ejim and the @ZagWBB during March Madness” they said.

Gonzaga’s next opponent is expected to be Louisville on Sunday. Henry and New Mexico State will play Arkansas Saturday night, with tipoff at 6:40 p.m.

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