(ISN) – The No. 1 ranked University of Regina Cougars completed a perfect season with an 83-72 win over the No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the PAC in Saskatoon.
With the win the Cougars finish the regular season 20-0 to record their first undefeated conference season in program history. It is their best season since 1989-90 when they went 11-1. The Huskies finish the season 15-5. The loss ended the Huskies’ 23 game winning streak on home court spanning two seasons. Both teams advance to the Canada West playoffs next week.
Four Cougars led the charge to the victory finishing in the double digits. Lindsay Ledingham recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Michelle Clark tallied a game-high 18 points, followed by Joanna Zalesiak with 15 and Danielle Schmidt with 10.
Kiera Lyons led the Huskies with 18 points, followed by Katie Miyazaki with 14. Rookie post Dalyce Emmerson recorded her 12th double double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Leading by just two at 40-38 heading into the halftime, Regina’s experience allowed them to start to take control of the game in the third quarter. The Cougars jumped out with a 16-9 run to start the frame allowing the Huskies to just score 14 points in the quarter. The Huskies couldn’t close the gap despite matching Regina with 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Regina had led 26-21 after the first quarter thanks to big shots from beyond the arc by Zalesiak and Carly Graham who hit three of the four three pointers taken in the first quarter by the Cougars. The Huskies wouldn’t go away and an Emmerson layup gave the Huskies a 31-30 lead with six minutes left in the second quarter. But Regina went on a seven point run to pull back ahead 38-32 and keep the lead heading into halftime.
The Cougars finished the game shooting 48%, while the Huskies shot at 35%. Saskatchewan narrowly outrebounded the Cougars at 39-38.
The Huskies will host the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in the Canada West quarter-finals, while the Cougars host the Winnipeg Wesmen. Game 1 of both series is set for February 24.