Cassandra Brown, NCAA Canadian champ, hopes victory inspires girls
3-point shooting ace beat out male opponent to take college basketball contest crown
Cassandra Brown says she knows the stereotype: women aren't supposed to beat men in sports.
That made the 22-year-old female champion's victory over her male counterpart in the NCAA's basketball battle of the sexes last week all the sweeter.
"I just hope that it gives inspiration to girls to follow their dreams," Brown said.
"And if they want something – they can get it."
All Canuck final
Born in Vernon, B.C., Brown said she's still coming down from the three-point shooting finale last Thursday in Indianapolis.
Male champion Kevin Pangos is from Holland Landing, Ont.
"It changes it up," she said. "It was really cool to have two Canadians in the final together."
"I didn't have any time to think about it or prepare myself, so I went into it with no expectations," she said.
'Take it easy on me'
He didn't – shooting 20 baskets from various positions around the court in a minute.
She went on to score a total of 21.
"But I could kind of feel out from the crowd and everyone going crazy that I had won it."
"We were talking after and he said his phone was blowing up with people making fun of him for losing to a girl, but he was great about it. He congratulated me and it was all good."
She said she's amazed at all the attention.
- An earlier version of this CBC article included an Associated Press photo that incorrectly identified Cassandra Brown. The photo has now been replaced.Apr 08, 2015 5:18 PM PT