Huskie Basketball Looks to Stay in Win Column

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Nicole Betker

Playing at home for the first time in the second half of the Canada West season, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie basketball teams will look for wins against a pair of B.C. teams on the weekend.

The UBC-Okanagan Heat hit the PAC Friday night, while the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack will visit on Saturday.

The women will tip off at 6:15 p.m. each day, while the men will play at 8 p.m. All four games will be webcast on www.canadawest.tv.

Women’s Matchup

Winners of their last seven of eight games, the No. 4 ranked Huskies look to remain amongst the leaders in the conference.

Saskatchewan (7-4) enters the weekend after a sweep over the Calgary Dinos winning 78-72 and 80-72. On the weekend, fifth-year guard Katie Miyazaki showed leadership on the court combining for 40 points and 21 rebounds over the weekend.

In their first season in the Canada West, the UBC-Okangan Heat have tallied a 2-8 record with wins over the Manitoba Bisons and Brandon Bobcats. Thompson Rivers has a 5-7 record. Neither the Heat or the WolfPack have won on the road.

Roslyn Huber and Madison Kaneda have provided the bulk of the offence for the Heat so far in the season. Huber averages 14.7 points per game, while Kaneda scores 13.3. Krystal Schouten leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game.

To stop the WolfPack, the Huskies will have to contain Canada West leading-scorer Diane Schuetze from finding the bottom of the net. Schuetze averages 18.9 points per game and is also strong on the boards sitting second in the conference with 9.8 rebounds per game. Jen Ju and Kaitlyn Widsten have also chipped in on offence with 13.3 points per game and 10.3 points per game respectively.

Two-time CIS Defensive Player of the Year Miyazaki leads the Huskies, and sits fourth in conference scoring, with 17.2 points per game and averages 7.5 rebounds per game. Rookie post Dalyce Emmerson has made an impact in the Canada West sitting third in the conference in rebounding with 9.5 boards per game and chipping in 12.3 points per night.

Since Thompson Rives entered the league in 2005-06, the Huskies have won all eight meetings. This is the first time the Heat and Huskies will meet.

Men’s Matchup

After a tough split last weekend, the No. 5 ranked Huskies will also look for wins to stay with the top teams in the conference.

The Huskies (7-4) enter the weekend in third place in the East Canada West Basketball Conference after a split with the Calgary Dinos losing 83-79 before winning 90-83 a night later. UBC-Okanagan and Thompson Rivers sit at the bottom of the west standings with 2-8 and 5-7 records.

Since Thompson Rives entered the league in 2005-06, the Huskies have won all eight meetings. This is the first time the Heat and Huskies will meet.

Reigning Canada West MVP Jamelle Barrett has been the second half hero for the Huskies scoring 57 of his last 85 points in the third and fourth quarters. The guard sits second in the conference in scoring averaging 20.9 points per game. The Huskies’ offence is bolstered by fifth-year players Peter Lomuro, Duncan Jones and Michael Lieffers all who average double digits. Lomuro scores 12.3, Jones 12.2 and Leiffers 11.9. Leiffers also leads the Huskies with 10 rebounds per game.

Yassine Ghomari has provided the bulk of the scoring for the Heat averaging 20 points per game. He has led the Heat each night on all but three occasions. Bret Macdonald and Simon Pelland each have chipped into the nightly tally with 10.8 and 10.2 each. Ed Dane Medi leads the Heat on the boards with 5.2 rebounds per night.

The WolfPack have scored by committee this season with four players averaging 10 or more points per game. Justin King leads the way and is leading the conference with 24.5 per game, followed by Chas Kok with 18.6, Kevin Pribilsky at 13.5 and Akeem Pierre at 10.3 King also leads his team with 10.5 rebounds per game.

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