The Saint Mary’s Huskies are hoping Justine Colley will help turn their women’s basketball program around.

The Huskies, who have lost more games than any team in Atlantic University Sport since 2006, announced Thursday that Colley, an East Preston native and Halifax Grammar Gryphons guard, has decided to attend Saint Mary’s.

“With a player of her calibre, she’s going to have an immediate impact,” said Huskies head coach Scott Munro, who coached Colley on the provincial team last year.


“She’s the type of player we want to attract to Saint Mary’s. We’re going to be much more competitive (next year) and Justine’s going to be a huge part of putting us there.”

The Huskies have lost 49 of their past 60 games and went 2-18 last season in Munro’s first as head coach.

Colley, a two-time MVP of the metro high school circuit, was a key player at last year’s FIBA Americas women’s under-18 basketball tournament as Canada clinched a berth at this year’s FIBA under-19 world championship.

The sought-after recruit had several NCAA Division I options but opted to stay north of the border. She’ll join fifth-year all-star Kelsey Daley in the Huskies backcourt.

“It should be a pretty formidable combo,” said Munro. “One of the strengths of good teams is strength in the backcourt, and I certainly think we have that with those two.”