Cougars settle for weekend split after loss to No. 4 Saskatchewan


November 16, 2013, REGINA, Sask. (ISN) – It certainly wasn’t a night for offence on Saturday as the University of Saskatchewan Huskies had a strong second half en route to a 56-43 victory over the Regina Cougars at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Dalyce Emmerson led the way with a big double-double for Saskatchewan as the third-year post led all players with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Jordyn Halvorson added 17 points for the No. 4-ranked Huskies, who move back into sole possession of first place in the Prairie Division with a 5-1 record.

Katie Polischuk led the Cougars (4-2) with eight points, all of which came in the first half.

The two teams played a tight game throughout the first half, as the two teams were never separated by more than six points in the opening 20 minutes. The Cougars scored the final six points of the second quarter to take a five-point lead into the break, but saw the offence dry up after halftime.

Saskatchewan outscored No. 6 Regina by a 15-8 margin in the third quarter, then held the Cougars to a single bucket over a span of six minutes down the stretch and pushed the lead into double digits late in the contest. Kabree Howard added eight points for Saskatchewan, while Jordyn Halvorson and Kelsey Trulsrud both collected six rebounds.

Charlotte Kot had six points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Cougars, while Jennilea Coppola and Nicole Clarke both collected seven points and six boards. The Cougars fall into a three-way tie for second place in the Prairie Division with Alberta and Calgary.

Neither team shot well from the field, as Saskatchewan was 18-for-62 (29%) and the Cougars were 16-for-66 (24.2%). The U of R was just 3-for-25 from three-point land, with all three triples coming in the first half. The rebounding battle was even, as both teams pulled down 48 boards.

Saskatchewan will now prepare for the first of what will be two consecutive home weekends for the Huskies, as they’ll host Trinity Western and No. 3 Fraser Valley next Friday and Saturday.

The Cougars won’t play again at the CKHS until Jan. 9 and in the meantime, they’ll finish off the first half of the schedule with four consecutive road games starting with two next weekend against Mount Royal and UNBC.