Huskies in playoff positionin​g battle


February 14, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The stakes couldn’t be higher in the final weekend of Canada West regular season basketball for the Universities of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Looking to secure a high spot in the final standings, the Huskies host the Alberta Pandas and Golden Bears Friday and Saturday at the PAC.

The men will tip off at 4 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, while the women will play at 6 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. All four games will be webcast on

Women’s Matchup

Both already securing a spot in the post season, the Huskies and Pandas are in a battle for third place in the conference’s prairie division.

Entering the weekend, the Huskies (13-7) sit just two points ahead of the Pandas (12-8). One win by the Huskies would seal a third place finish. Both Saskatchewan and Alberta will travel to face a top two finisher in the pacific division.

In 2012-13 Canada West women’s basketball, four teams in each division are granted life in the playoffs. The top two teams from each division host the third and fourth place teams in a cross-over quarter-final series.

Winners of 10 of their last 12 games, Saskatchewan has found their stride late in the season. Alberta enters the weekend on a four game winning streak with sweeps over the Winnipeg Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons in that span.

Leading the way for the Huskies is reigning Canada West rookie of the year Dalyce Emmerson. Emmerson is averaging 18 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to put her second and fourth in the categories among conference leaders. Fourth-year guard Kiera Lyons continues her solid offensive play averaging 15.1 points per game on the season. Kelsey Trulsrud is also playing strong in her second season with eight double-doubles.

Anneka Bakker, Kendra Asleson and Saskia Van Ginhoven have led the Pandas through 20 games this season. Bakker leads the team with 10 points per game, while Asleson adds another 9.9. Van Ginhoven has been consistent on the boards with 6.1 rebounds a night and 9.4 points per game.

The Huskies are 24-18 against the Pandas since 2001-02.

Men’s Matchup

The Huskies and Golden Bears close out the season in a battle for the top spot in the Canada West prairie division.

Although each enter the weekend with 14-6 records, the Huskies need just one win over the Golden Bears to secure the first place finish based on conference tie breaking procedures. At stake for the top two teams in each division is a home playoff date in the conference quarter-finals.

In 2012-13 Canada West men’s basketball, four teams in each division are granted life in the playoffs. The top two teams from each division host the third and fourth place teams in a cross-over quarter-final series.

Saskatchewan enters the weekend series boasting the top offence in the conference averaging 87.2 points per game as a team. Canada West leading scorer Stephon Lamar has been a big part of the Huskies’ success averaging 22.9 points per game. Second-year forward Matthew Forbes has also made an impact with 18 points per game and 6.9 rebounds. Fifth-year Patrick Burns has continued to dominate in rebounding for the team averaging 9.5 per night to sit third among the conference leaders.

Losers of four of their last five, the Alberta Golden Bears and reigning Canada West champions hope to get back on track against the Huskies. Kenneth Otieno and Jordan Baker have provided the bulk of the scoring for Alberta averaging 19.8 and 18.3 points each respectively. Baker also is strong on the boards with 7.8 rebounds per game, while Todd Bergen-Henengouwen adds another 7.2 per night.

Since the 2008-09 season, the Huskies are 4-9 including postseason losses to the Golden Bears in 2008-09 and 2011-12.