By: Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant
November 27, 2013, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan men’s and women’s basketball teams look to stay on top of the Canada West Prairie Division standings as they host the Manitoba Bisons on the final weekend before the December break.
The women’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 4 and is joined by four other Canada West teams, No. 3 Alberta, No. 5 Regina and No. 6 Fraser Valley, in the CIS Top 10.
The men’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 7 and is joined by two other Canada West teams, No. 3 Victoria and No. 4 Alberta, in the CIS Top 10.
Both the Huskie men (85.5 points per game) and women (75.9 points per game) lead the conference in scoring.
Huskie forward Dalyce Emmerson leads the Canada West in blocks averaging 2.8 per game.
Both the men and women are first in the Canada West Prairie Division. The women hold a one-game lead over three teams. The men sit tied with Alberta for top spot.
Huskie Athletics is inviting Huskie Nation to donate new and gently-used winter apparel at Huskie basketball at the PAC on November 29th and 30th to support the Cover Your Paws initiative. Huskie Athletics will also be selling branded mittens for fans to purchase for $5. Fans can keep or donate back the mitts to the cause. The winter apparel, as well as cash proceeds from the mitten sales, will be given to the Saskatoon Public and Catholic School Boards
The Huskies are 10-8 all-time against the Bisons. Manitoba’s last win in the series came in January of 2010 as the Huskies have taken six straight contests.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (3-5)
The Manitoba Bisons hope to put an end to a current losing streaks as they visit Saskatchewan this weekend.
After starting the season 3-1, the Bisons have lost four straight Canada West games. Manitoba has dropped games to Calgary, UBC and Victoria during the four game skid. The Bisons have also dropped six straight against Saskatchewan.
Allison Balasko and S. Carmona-Galdamez are both averaging 9.9 points per game to lead the Bisons. Balasko also averages a team-high six rebounds a night. Third-year guard Stephanie Gill has averaged 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals in eight games.
No. 5 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-1)
In order to maintain their lead at the top of the Canada West standings, the Saskatchewan Huskies hope to earn a pair of wins at home for the second straight weekend.
Saskatchewan extended its winning streak to three with convincing wins over Trinity Western and Fraser Valley last weekend at the PAC. The Huskies hold a slim one game lead in the Prairie division over Calgary, Alberta and Regina.
Third-year forward Dalyce Emmerson continues to lead the Huskies with 18.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Emmerson recorded a Canada West season-high six blocks on Saturday against the Cascades and averages a conference best 2.8 per game. Guard Kiera Lyons, the lone fifth-year on the Huskies roster, is shooting 53% from the field to average 13 points per game.
Since 2010-11, Saskatchewan is 5-1 against the Bisons. Last season, the teams split the series in Winnipeg with Manitoba winning the first game 83-74 and the Huskies taking game two 94-84.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (1-7)
After a tough road trip to the west coast, the road does not get any easier for the Bisons in Saskatoon.
Manitoba came up just short against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday night, losing 65-63 in the final seconds to make it six straight losses. A night earlier the Bisons lost 63-52 to the No. 3 Victoria Vikes.
Andre Arruda leads Manitoba with 13 points per game while averaging 5.3 rebounds. Dan Penner has been the top rebounder averaging 6.4 to go along with 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and eight points a night.
No. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (7-1)
Saskatchewan suffered its first loss of the season Friday night at the PAC to the Trinity Western Spartans, the Huskies hope to enter the exam break on top of the Canada West standings with a pair of wins this weekend.
The Huskies squandered a fourth quarter lead on Friday night eventually losing 75-73 in the closing seconds to the Spartans. The team would respond well Saturday with a convincing 83-62 win over the UFV Cascades. Saskatchewan is currently tied with Alberta for first in the Prairie division.
2012-13 Canada West MVP Stephon Lamar leads the Huskies in scoring and assists, averaging 20.3 points and 4.4 assists per game. Fourth-year guard Ben Baker is averaging a double-double per game with 12.1 points and 11.1 rebounds, leading the conference in rebounding. Baker also has 13 steals and five blocks in eight games.