CIS Top 10

OTTAWA – The McGill women’s basketball squad and men’s hockey team are the only teams remaining in the latest CIS Top 10 poll as nationals approach.

In women’s hoops, the Martlets are still at No. 4 in the nation after clicnching first in the RSEQ conference with a 14-1 record. They will close out the regular schedule by hosting third-place Laval (7-8) on Friday at 6 pm. Windsor (19-1) secured first place overall in the OUA on Saturday thanks to a 77-68 road win over No. 6 Laurier (17-3) in the regular season finale for both teams. The Lancers, who topped all 13 weekly polls this year, will host a conference quarter-final versus an opponent still to be determined on Saturday.

The four-time reigning national champion Windsor Lancers, remain at No. 1 in the final coaches’ poll of the CIS basketball season. In other CIS sports, Alberta (men’s hockey), Toronto (women’s track & field) and Windsor (men’s track & field) also hold on to the pole position this week.
 
In men’s hockey, the Redmen swept their OUA East semifinal series over Queen’s last week and will open their divisional best-of-three final series by hosting UQTR on Wednesday at 7 pm. Game 2 is at UQTR on Saturday at 7 pm and if necessary, the deciding contest will be back at McConnell Arena on Sunday at 7 pm.

The reigning University Cup champion Alberta Golden Bears top the CIS men’s hockey rankings for the 18th time in as many national polls this season. The Bears (24-3-1), who enjoyed a bye last week as the Canada West playoffs got underway, swept the first-place votes from the media panel for the eighth straight week.
 
There is plenty of movement in the new poll behind Alberta and the UNB Varsity Reds (22-4-2 regular season / 2-2 playoffs), who hold on to the No. 2 spot for the fifth consecutive week.   

In men’s basketball, Carleton (17-2) wrapped up league play this past weekend with convincing victories against Laurentian, 85-39, and Nipissing, 97-53. The Ravens, who led nine of 13 rankings this season, finished second behind No. 2 Ottawa (18-1) in the OUA East and will also open the playoffs at home on Saturday.
 
The CIS winter championship season resumes this week with men’s volleyball in Saskatoon (Feb. 26-28), women’s volleyball in Toronto (Feb. 26 – March 1) and wrestling in Edmonton (Feb. 27-28).
 
The inaugural Sportsnet U Championship Weekend, will follow on March 12-15, including women’s basketball in Quebec City, men’s basketball in Toronto, women’s hockey in Calgary and men’s hockey in Halifax. All eight semifinals on Saturday, March 14 and the four national finals on Sunday, March 15 will be televised live on Sportsnet 360 and/or Sportsnet ONE.
 
The CIS indoor track and field championships are also set for that same weekend in Windsor (March 12-14) and championship season wraps up the following week with curling in Waterloo (March 18-21).
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (final ranking of season)

(regular season / playoff records) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Windsor (19-1) / 564 points (47) / (1)
2. UBC (17-3) / 513 / (2) 
3. Saskatchewan (17-3 / 2-0) / 469 / (3) 
4. McGill (14-1) / 418 / (4) 
5. Alberta (16-4) / 371 / (5) 
6. Wilfrid Laurier (17-3) / 325 / (6) 
7. Ryerson (16-3) / 299 / (7) 
8. McMaster (15-4) / 232 / (9) 
9. Lakehead (14-5) / 179 / (8)
10. Thompson Rivers (18-2) / 91 / (NR) 
 
Other teams receiving votes: Regina (51), UQAM (50).
 

MEN’S BASKETBALL (final ranking of season)

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Carleton (17-2) / 445 points (40) / (1)   
2. Ottawa (18-1) / 410 (5) / (2)   
3. Ryerson (17-2) / 360 / (3)   
4. McMaster (16-3) / 315 / (4)   
5. Windsor (15-5) / 266 / (5)   
6. Saskatchewan (15-5) / 224 / (6)   
7. Victoria (15-5) / 175 / (7) 
8. UNB (16-4) / 136 / (8) 
9. UBC (14-6) / 93 / (9)   
10. Alberta (14-6) / 47 / (10)   
 
Other teams receiving votes: UPEI (2), Calgary (2).
 

MEN’S HOCKEY

(regular season / playoff records) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Alberta (24-3-1) / 160 points (16) / (1)
2. UNB (22-4-2 / 2-2) / 144 / (2)
3. Saint Mary’s (20-7-1 / 4-2) / 113 / (5)
4. Calgary (20-8-0) / 104 / (4)
5. Acadia (20-5-3 / 1-2) / 94 / (3)
6. McGill (21-5-0 / 4-1) / 78 / (6)
7. Windsor (22-4-1 / 4-1) / 68 / (8)
8. UQTR (19-4-3 / 4-0) / 59 / (7)
9. Mount Royal (20-5-1 / 2-1) / 27 / (NR)
10. StFX (17-9-2 / 4-2) / 26 / (10)
 
Other teams receiving votes: Carleton (5), Guelph (2).
 
NOTE: Voting took place before Game 4 of the UNB-StFX semifinal (4-2 StFX win / series tied).
 

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Toronto 152.5 points / (1)
2. Trinity Western 78.66 / (2)
3. Western 63.5 / (3)
4. Guelph 61 / (4)
5. York 60.5 / (5)
6. Saskatchewan 44 / (6)
7. Windsor 40 / (7)
8. Sherbrooke 33.5 / (8)
9. Alberta 24.33 / (9)
10. Calgary 21.5 / (10)
 

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

(points) / (previous ranking)
 
1. Windsor 100 points / (1)
2. Toronto 78.5 / (3)
3. Guelph 76.5 / (2)
4. York 76 / (4)
5. Laval 51.5 / (5)
6. Western 46 / (6)
7. Victoria 43 / (7)
8. Trinity Western 42 / (8)
9. Sherbrooke 25 / (9)
10. Lethbridge 21 / (10)
 

 
For more information:
 
Earl Zukerman
McGill Sports Info Office
514-398-7012

Michel Bélanger        
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: (613) 447-6334
belanger@universitysport.ca
 

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