Sister act: Strong ties on the court, in community for Halifax siblings
Jasmine Cain joins big sister Angelina Carvery on the SMU women's basketball team for a special season
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Angelina Carvery calls this the most special season of her successful basketball career, and its meaning goes far beyond wins or championships.
The fifth-year Saint Mary’s Huskies guard finally shares the court with her 18-year-old sister, Jasmine Cain. Cain committed to Saint Mary’s this season, making it the first time the siblings are on the same team. Angelina always wished for the day when her little sister would also become her teammate.
“We’re like horse and buggy, always attached at the hip,” says Angelina, who is five years older. “She grew up watching me play, but I never thought I’d get this opportunity. We used to count the years knowing that maybe one day there was a chance, but it’s finally here and it’s special for our family.”
Standing on the outdoor courts next to their childhood home in Uniacke Square, the bond between Angelina and Jasmine is stronger than sibling resemblance. From the mall to meals, practice and weekend road trips, the two are often inseparable. Mom always made sure of it, of course.
They even play the same style of game. Both are skilled guards, with the veteran Carvery averaging 13 points and Jasmine contributing six points-per-game as a rookie. “I’m surprised we’re not finishing each other’s sentences,” jokes Angelina. “When we score a basket, even the commentators get us confused. We’re the same person – basically twins, just not born on the same day.”
One can hardly blame Jasmine for following in her sister’s footsteps. After all, she grew up watching Carvery win four consecutive Atlantic University Sport championships with the powerhouse Huskies.
Both were standouts at Citadel High, but Angelina wanted Jasmine’s university choice to be her own. Head coach Scott Munro calls both players “a pleasure to coach”, and has known the two since they were each about 15 and playing on his provincial teams. “Whenever I’d talk to my sister about school, she’d always tell me it’s my choice,” Jasmine said. “(Munro) never had Angelina talk to me. He recruited me on my play and my decision was based on his coaching and the opportunity to play for Saint Mary’s.”
On the basketball court, Angelina admits that she can be tough on Jasmine. It all stems from wanting what’s best for her little sister. Angelina sees this season as a passing of the torch – a chance to continue being a role model not only to Jasmine, but also others in the community.
“I take pride in being a role model because I didn’t have anyone to look up to growing up,” Angelina says. “I’m glad to have been able to guide my sister. Hopefully this is something we can represent for the upcoming generation and it’s a snowball effect for years from now.”
For those wondering, the Huskies are an unblemished 7-0 thus far in defence of their title. For Angelina and Jasmine, it’s already been a perfect season.