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Yvonne Ejim Named Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year

TORONTO, Ont. (April 4, 2024) - In the fifth season of the award, Canada’s Yvonne Ejim was named the 2024 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year in the NCAA.

Presented by Her Hoop Stats, the Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award goes to the player recognized as the best mid-major player in the country not playing in a high-major conference (ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC). Ejim was among five finalists for the award, including Abbey Hsu of Columbia, who recently declared for the 2024 WNBA Draft.

Ejim, who will return for her fifth and final year next season with the Gonzaga Bulldogs, had a record season. She finished 14th in the country, shooting 60.1 percent from the field and averaging 19.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks through 34 games, a career-best. The Bulldogs ended their magical Sweet 16 run against the number-one-seeded Texas during March Madness. Ejim averaged a double-double through the first two rounds.

“I really do love my team and my teammates and especially the program and the coaching staff and everything that they've done for me,” she said when speaking about Gonzaga.

Gonzaga went undefeated in conference play and finished 32-4 on the season with Ejim at the helm. She was often the leading scorer and a dominant presence on the glass against ranked opponents, including a 96-78 win over the third-ranked Stanford in December.

The Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award is just the latest recognition for the Calgary native, who has won several awards this season, including the WCC Player and Defensive Player of the Year. She shared a wholesome moment with Gonzaga's head coach, Lisa Fortier, who won the Kathy Delaney-Smith Coach of the Year award.

During the NCAA season, Ejim also travelled to Sopron, Hungary, with the Canadian Senior Women’s National Team (SWNT) to help the team qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. This will be Canada’s fourth-straight Olympic appearance for the SWNT, and Ejim spoke about the importance of her international experience with Canada Basketball here.

Taking in all of her experiences has led her to this moment, and the 2024 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Award is just the latest in Ejim’s development as a player. “I feel like I've really built a place and a family here within this Gonzaga program, so I feel like that's the most exciting thing I'm looking forward to next year.”