Huskies aim to stay atop standings

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By Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Student Assistant

November 20, 2013 Saskachewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan women’s basketball team play host to the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday night, followed by a rematch of last season’s Canada West quarter-final against the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday.

The Huskies enter the weekend ranked No. 5 and are joined by three other Canada West teams, No. 3 Fraser Valley, No. 4 Alberta and No. 6 Regina, in the CIS Top 10.

Saturday’s matchup features the top two scoring and shooting offences in the conference – Saskatchewan averages 74.8 points per game on 44% shooting, UFV averages 71.8 while shooting 42%.

UFV allows a conference best 44.2 points per game on defense.

Saturday night the Huskies will take part in the CIS Women’s Basketball Coaches Association annual Shoot For The Cure. The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007 with over $600,000 in donations accumulated from the CIS institutions participating given to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. The Huskies will be taking donations for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, selling limited-edition Huskie Shoot For The Cure t-shirts for $25, as well as encouraging fans to pledge in a free throw competition with one of the players.

WOMEN’S SERIES

Vs. TWU: Saskatchewan is 10-4 all-time in conference play against the Spartans. The Huskies have won the last five meetings. TWU’s last win in the series was at home on November 7, 2008.

Vs. UFV: The Huskies are 7-4 in 11 regular season meetings with the Cascades. Last season, UFV took the lone regular meeting matchup and eliminated the Huskies in the best-of-three playoff series. The last four meetings (one regular season game and three playoff games) have taken place in Abbotsford, B.C.

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY SPARTANS (1-5)

The TWU Spartans will look to upset the nationally ranked Huskies and Pandas in search of their first win since opening night of the Canada West regular season.

The Spartans force their opponents to commit almost seven more turnovers per game, to lead the conference in the category, but have been outrebounded and outscored in the fourth quarter.

Holly Strom has been the leading scorer in 5-of-6 games for TWU averaging 17.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game to lead the Spartans in both categories.

Trinity Western plays in Alberta against the No. 4 Pandas on Thursday before visiting Saskatchewan on Friday.

NO. 3 UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY CASCADES (6-0)

The Fraser Valley Cascades look to remain undefeated this weekend against a pair of Top 10 teams featuring a rematch of the 2012-13 Canada West quarter-final on Saturday against Saskatchewan.

The Cascades boast the top defence in the Canada West, leading the conference in points allowed, defensive field goal percentage, steals and rebounding margin.

All five Cascade starters average at least 8.2 points per game with Sarah Wierks leading the way scoring 13.6 points and adds 9.4 rebounds per game. Aleisha Luyken has is averaging 5.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

Fraser Valley will face the Alberta Pandas on Friday before travelling to Saskatoon.

NO. 5 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (5-1)

After suffering their first loss of the season to the No. 6 Regina Cougars over the weekend, the Huskies hope to stay undefeated on their home floor.

Saskatchewan rebounded to win on Saturday night against the Cougars and face another ranked team in Fraser Valley this weekend. The Huskies will need to secure possession of the ball against the quick-handed Spartans on Friday before trying to avenge last year’s postseason loss against the Cascades on Saturday.

Third-year forward Dalyce Emmerson is averaging a double-double 19.7 points and 10.8 rebounds a game while leading the conference in blocks with 2.3 per game. Kabree Howard has dished out four assists per game for the green and white this season and has been efficient with the basketball, leading the conference in assist-turnover ratio.

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