Hoopster finds footing as receiver
BY DON RICE, THE STARPHOENIX MAY 20, 2014
In addition to scoring a lot of baskets and free throws, Marci Kiselyk used to catch her fair share of passes from teammates when she was a standout member of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies women's basketball team.
She's still making a lot of catches, now that she's traded in her basketball sneakers for football cleats.
The 26-year-old Kiselyk has been one of the top receivers for the Saskatoon Valkyries over four years of play in the Western Women's Canadian Football League, including three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 49-7 win over the visiting Regina Riot at Griffiths Stadium.
"It's very different having a helmet on and pads on and running away from the ball - running away from the quarterback," said Kiselyk, originally from Athabasca, Alta.
"I spent a lot of time with friends in a field for the first year trying to figure out how to catch a football consistently. It was a lot of work. Now I'm pretty confident for the most part.
"As a receiver you've got to believe you're going to catch every ball."
Kiselyk's helped the Valkyries to three league titles, and they're early favourites for a fourth.