REGINA, Sask. – The University of Saskatchewan’s women’s basketball team finished in third place at the Canada West Final Four after holding off Fraser Valley for a 71-65 victory on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport on the campus of the University of Regina.
Katie Miyazaki led Saskatchewan with the game’s lone double-double, scoring 17 points and collecting 10 rebounds. The Huskies will host the CIS West Regional next weekend in Saskatoon, while Fraser Valley will head to Ottawa to participate in the CIS East Regional.
Saskatchewan took control of the game in the first quarter, going on a 12-2 run over four minutes late in the opening frame to open up an early double-digit lead.
The Huskies led by seven at the break and looked to be well on their way to victory after building up a 14-point lead in the early stages of the fourth quarter, but Fraser Valley had other ideas. The Cascades scored 10 unanswered points to get to within four and cut the lead down to one possession after a pair of Sarah Wierks free throws with 36 seconds left, but a late offensive rebound by Saskatchewan’s Dalyce Emmerson sealed the win for the Huskies.
Besides Miyazaki’s 17 points, Saskatchewan got 11 points from both Emmerson and Mary Hipperson and 10 from Riley Humbert.
After being held scoreless in Friday’s contest, Aieisha Luyken led Fraser Valley with 17 points. Sarah Wierks scored 14 and added nine rebounds for the Cascades, while Kayli Sartori had 12 points.
Both Saskatchewan and Fraser Valley will need to win their respective regional tournaments next weekend to be assured of a spot at the 2012 CIS Championship in Calgary. The seedings for the two regionals will be announced by the CIS on Sunday.