Huskies look to keep pace at top of standings

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By: Daniel Herrick, Sports Information Assistant

January 22, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – The University of Saskatchewan men’s and women’s basketball teams look to stay in the race for the top spot in the Canada West’s Prairie Division hosting the Lethbridge Pronghorns, a team both have had success against in recent years on home court, this weekend.

The men have not lost to Lethbridge at home in seven straight meetings, while the women have won six straight at the PAC against the ‘Horns.

The women’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 5 and is joined by three other Canada West teams, No. 3 Alberta, No. 4 Regina and No. 9 Fraser Valley, in the CIS Top 10.

The Huskie women’s team is the top shooting team in the conference at 45% and is second in scoring average at 72.3 points per game.

Huskie forward Dalyce Emmerson leads the CIS in blocks (40), shooting percentage (62.2) and rebounds per game (12.4).

Lethbridge forward Kim Veldman is second in Canada West scoring averaging 20 points per game.

The women’s squad enters the weekend in a three-way tie for first in the Prairie Division.

The men’s side features the top two scoring offences in Lethbridge (86.0 ppg) and Saskatchewan (85.8 ppg).

The men’s squad enters the weekend ranked No. 8 and is joined by two other Canada West teams, No. 3 Victoria and No. 4 Alberta, in the CIS Top 10.

The men’s team holds down second in the Prairie Division, just one game ahead of Lethbridge.

WOMEN’S SERIES

The Huskies are 15-3 in the regular season against the Pronghorns since 2006-07. Last year, the two teams split the season series in Lethbridge. The Huskies have not lost at home to the Pronghorns since November 23, 2007.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (5-9)

Lethbridge will need to play their best basketball of the season down the stretch. The Pronghorns have to win six of their final eight games to have any chance at the post season.

Despite their record, the Pronghorns have had success on the road this season, going 3-3 away from home.

Kim Veldman leads the Pronghorn squad averaging an impressive 20 points and 10.2 rebounds. Her 20 points per game is good enough for second in the Canada West. Katlyn Olsen has added a team-high 3.3 assists per night to go along with 7.7 points.

No. 5 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (12-2)

After having their eight-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in Calgary, the No. 5 ranked Huskies look to start a race to separate a logjam in the Prairie Division standings.

Saskatchewan is locked in a three-way tie with Alberta and Regina for first in the division. Calgary sits just one game back of the three top teams in fourth. With six of the eight remaining games in the 2013-14 season against divisional opponents, the Huskies are in control of their playoff destiny.

Third-year forward Dalyce Emmerson comes off a monster weekend, posting back-to-back double-doubles of 31 points, 14 rebounds and 15 points, 26 rebounds with five blocks. Emmerson leads the CIS in field goal percentage at 62.2 percent, blocked shots with 40 and rebounds per game with 12.4, while being a top five scorer at 19.6 points per game.

Point guard Kabree Howard has contributed more on the offensive end in 2014, averaging 11.3 points in four games after the December break.

MEN’S SERIES

Since 2006-07, Saskatchewan is 13-3 against the Pronghorns. Last season, the teams split the series in Lethbridge. The last Pronghorns win in Saskatoon came January 6, 2007, a streak of seven straight Huskie wins.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS (12-4)

The Pronghorns had won seven straight until a weekend split with the No. 4 ranked Alberta Golden Bears. Lethbridge has a chance to overtake the Huskies for second place in the division with a sweep this weekend.

Lethbridge ranks number one in scoring offense, assists, steals and defensive rebounds.

Brandon Brine is the leading scorer for the ‘Horns at 17.5 points per game, while grabbing 7.4 rebounds. Logan Reiter and Morgan Duce average 16.4 pints and 14.7 points per game respectively.

No. 8 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (11-3)

Saskatchewan bounced back with a sweep of the Calgary Dinos last weekend to stay in contention for first in the Canada West Prairie Division.

Canada West’s Second Star of the week Stephon Lamar hit a game-winning shot on Friday night in a 96-94 win, before leading the team to back-to-back wins Saturday in Calgary. The Huskies sit second in the division, just one game behind the Alberta Golden Bears and one ahead of the visiting Pronghorns.

Saskatchewan enters the weekend as the conference’s second highest scoring team, while leading in three-pointers made and rebounding margin.

Lamar, the reigning Canada West MVP, leads the Huskies in scoring and assists, averaging 19.5 points and 4.6 assists per game. Fourth-year guard Ben Baker is averaging a double-double per game with 11.8 points and 10.5 rebounds, leading the conference in rebounding. Baker is also averaging 1.9 steals per game. Dadrian Collins has increased his production on the offensive end in recent weeks, now averaging 16 points per game.

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