The Fife Lake, SK, native holds Huskie Athletics and Canada West records for all-time scoring (1,999 points), all-time rebounding (1,181) and single-season scoring (565 points). She was also named CIS MVP twice and was a four-time CIS all-Canadian, leading the Huskies to their first-ever Canada West Championship.
Crooks represented Canada at the 2003 World University Games and as a member of the Senior National Team from 2004 to 2008, playing at the World Basketball Championships and the Pan-Am Games. She also played professionally in Spain before returning to the U of S as a student in 2010.
Crooks' number 14 was retired at the U of S Physical Activity Complex (PAC) February 5. "Of course it's the greatest honour I think I've ever received. You never imagine that your jersey is going to be retired and it's a huge honour and I don't think I'm worthy of that and I'm honoured that they think I am. â¦ It's for all of us, not just me, definitely not just me, that jersey is about everyone," says Crooks.
Earlier this year, Crooks' younger brother, who always wanted to wear the same number, died in a car accident. Crooks decided to continue with the ceremony because she saw it as an opportunity to honour her brother's life as well as her accomplishments on the court.
Source: Huskie Athletics
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