Saskatoon (ISN) – Looking to advance to their fifth-straight appearance on the national stage, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies will host the CIS West Regional Tournament at the PAC in Saskatoon this weekend.
In the CIS Regional format, teams who finished second, third or fourth in their conference championship get a second chance at earning a berth to the CIS Final 8, hosted by the University of Calgary March 16-19. Saskatchewan and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees each host a Regional event.
Saskatoon’s tournament features teams from three of the four CIS conferences. The Brock University Badgers (OUA 3) and the Huskies (CWUAA 3 and Host) will face off on Friday at 6:15 p.m. before the Concordia University Stingers (RESQ 2) and the Regina Cougars (CWUAA 2) battle at 8 p.m.
The winners of the two games will square off in the tournament final Saturday at 7 p.m. with the tournament champion advancing straight to the Final 8.
Four conference champions, two winners of the regional tournaments, a wildcard selection and the host Calgary make up the eight-team field at the 2012 CIS Championship.
Tickets can be purchased online at huskies.usask.ca or by calling 306-966-111. Adults are $12, while University of Saskatchewan students and youth are $6.
CIS WEST REGIONAL TEAM PROFILES
University of Regina Cougars (20-0 / 3-1)
Represents: Canada West University Athletic Association (CWUAA)
CIS Regional seed: No. 1
Conference Championship: Defeated Fraser Valley 72-56 in semifinal/Lost to UBC in final 78-59
Coach: Dave Taylor (6th season)
• G Joanna Zalesiak – named Canada West’s MVP and a first-team all-star; averages 12.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game
• F Lindsay Ledingham – named a Canada West second-team all-star in each of the past two seasons; averages 13 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game
• G Michelle Clark – team’s scoring leader set school record with 57 three-pointers this year; averages 13.8 points per game
University of Saskatchewan Huskies (15-5 / 3-1)
Represents: Canada West University Athletic Association/Host (CWUAA)
CIS Regional seed: No. 2
Conference Championship: Lost to UBC 72-55 in semifinal/Defeated Fraser Valley in bronze 71-65
Coach: Lisa Thomaidis (14th season)
• G Katie Miyazaki – Canada West Defensive Player of the Year and conference first-team all-star; averages 14.5 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game
• F Dalyce Emmerson – Canada West Rookie of the Year and conference second-team all-star; averages 12.8 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game
• G Kabree Howard – averages over 30 minutes per game and is third on the team in scoring with 9.2 points per game
Brock University Badgers (15-7/ 2-1)
Represents: Ontario University Athletics (OUA)
CIS Regional seed: No. 3
Conference Championship: Lost to Ottawa 63-49 in semifinal/Defeated Carleton 58-51 in overtime
Coach: Si Khounviseth (3rd season)
• F Nicole Rosenkranz – named an OUA first-team west division all-star; averages 8.2 rebounds per games and 13.9 points per game
• G Kayla Santilli– named an OUA west division all-rookie; averages 7.9 points per game
• G Emily McKay – averages 24.4 minutes per game and 9.9 points per game
Concordia University Stingers (8-8 / 1-1)
Represents: Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RESQ)
CIS Regional seed: No. 4
Conference Championship: Defeated Bishop’s 65-53 in semifinal/Lost to McGill in final 56-49
Coach: Keith Pruden (16th season)
• G Kayla Barrett – Leads team averaging 30.5 minutes per game, 15.5 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game
• G Magalie Beaulieu – Averages 32.7 minutes per game, 8.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game
• F Andreanne Gregoire-Boudreau – Averages 20.1 minutes per game, 7. Points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game
Friday, March 9
6:15 p.m. (CST) Semifinal #1: No. 3 Brock vs. No. 2 Saskatchewan
8:00 p.m. (CST) Semifinal #2: No. 4 Concordia vs. No. 1 Regina
Saturday, March 10
7 p.m. (CST) Final