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Caitlin Ryan wins player-of-the-week award after leading Oaklands College Wolves into Elite Academy League play-offs

Former Herts and Essex High School pupil Caitlin Ryan won the player-of-the-week award as she led her Oaklands College Wolves side into the Elite Academy League play-offs.

Her 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks were a big part of Wolves’ 57-53 win over the North Conference runners-up Manchester Mystics.

She became the first player of either gender at the St Albans-based academy to win a weekly award this season.

Caitlin Ryan
Caitlin Ryan

“It was a massive win for our team and programme,” said the Thorley-based teenager.

“As a team we were confident going into the game and it reflected in how we started. Manchester fought back throughout the game, but we were able to do enough to stay ahead and get the victory.”

Head coach Claire Abbott said: “Caitlin has been an integral piece to the Oaklands Wolves programme, championing our philosophy, my expectations and pushing herself outside her comfort zone all season.

“‘Go be a superstar’ were my words to her before the game and she went out there and did exactly that. We couldn’t be more proud.”

Ryan also led her team with 17 points in a 69-47 win at Bracknell Cobras in the senior National League Division Two.

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