University of Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday Wrap-Up

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Huskies Mens Basketball Team swept by Golden Bears on road

The No.3 University of Alberta Golden Bears never let up on the visiting University of Saskatchewan Huskies, leading to a decisive 100-54 victory to remain undefeated on the season, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.

Six different Bears cracked the double-digit barrier on the scoreboard, fourth-year guard Austin Waddoups netting a game-high 15 points and four three-balls while third-year guard Nolan Woodward came off the bench to add 14 points. Starter Lyndon Annetts put up 13 points in the win while Mamadou Gueye and Brody Clarke, also starters, tallied 12 points apiece.

Fourth-year point guard Lawrence Moore and sophomore guard Emmanuel Akintunde scored 13 points each for the Huskies, Akintunde adding eight rebounds while fourth-year forward Joseph Barker also fell short of a double-double with nine points and nine boards.

The Bears got to work early by earning the first two buckets though the Huskies were able to keep pace. The deciding moment in the opening quarter came soon after, however, team-leading scorer Gueye  stealing the ball from Barker at mid-court before going up for a one-handed dunk to the elation of the hometown fans.

The Quebec City, Que. native then made a huge block on Akintunde to fully push the momentum to the Alberta side and the hosts went on a roll from there, making an 11-2 run to put their lead into double digits.

Already shooting above 55% in the first frame, both in the paint and beyond the arc, the Bears got even hotter in the second, clicking at 75% from inside the key as well as from long-distance, draining a total of six treys in the quarter for a total of 10 in the first half.

Senior guard Geoff Pippus put his mark on the game by driving down the baseline and finishing with an epic dunk with 90 seconds left in the first half, Alberta taking a 50-27 lead into the locker room.

The Huskies came into the third quarter with a bit of vigour, notching the first five points of the second half to decrease the deficit to under 20 but the unstoppable Bears responded with a massive 21-5 run to remove any hope of victory for the visiting Saskatchewan squad.

With head coach Barnaby Craddock deciding to give more time to his bench players, sophomore guard Sam Newman added another moment to the highlight reel midway through the fourth quarter when the Ipswich, England native stole the ball from Savion Tyson at the top of the Huskie arc before going in for a one-handed layup.

Third-year guard Ivan Ikomey became the sixth Alberta player to hit double digit points on the night with two treys in the final minutes before Woodward used the charity stripe to get the Bears to the century mark on the scoreboard with just over one minute left.

The 8-0 Golden Bears will stay at home to host the Victoria Vikes in the final weekend of the 2017 half of the regular season while the 2-6 Huskies return home to host the Calgary Dinos.

Huskies Men’s Hockey Team score four second period goals to seal sweep over MRU

The No. 3 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskies used four second period goals in a 4-1 win to complete a sweep of the Mount Royal University Cougars Saturday night in Flames Community Arena.

Mount Royal jumped on the board first with a Brad Kennedy power play goal at 9:51 in the first period. Connor Rankin slid the puck to Kennedy who was sitting at the top of the crease. After a slight hesitation, he flicked the puck over the shoulder and into the roof the net by Jordon Cooke.

Two straight Huskie goals less than five minutes apart gave the visitors their first lead of the contest. Carson Stadnyk connected on a Jordan Tkatch feed from behind the net at 4:58 that evened the game at one. Collin Shirley walked in on Cam Lanigan from the corner and tucked in a wrist shot on the far-side to give the Huskies their first lead of the game 8:04 into the second. Saskatchewan again found the back of the net on a Levi Cable breakaway who went on to beat Lanigan low-blocker at 14:58Jesse Forsberg slapped in a shot from the point through a crowd of bodies with three seconds left in the frame.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 11-2-1. The Cougars drop to 6-7-1 after the weekend sweep. A night earlier, the Huskies won 3-2.

Lanigan stopped 14 of 18 but was pulled in favour of back-up Wyatt Hoflin in the third. Hoflin stopped all three shots he faced. Cooke made 32 saves for Saskatchewan at the other end of the ice.

MRU will meet the Alberta Golden Bears in a home-and-home set against the Alberta Golden Bears next weekend, while Saskatchewan will have a provincial battle with the Regina Cougars.

Huskies Women’s Basketball Team sweep Pandas; remain perfect in 2017-18

While the No.7 University of Alberta Pandas struggled with turnovers and shooting from long distance, the No.6 University of Saskatchewan made the most of their opportunities to sweep the weekend series and earn their eighth-straight win with a 60-48 decision, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre.

Alberta had a total of 25 turnovers in the game and didn’t sink a single trey in 10 attempts from beyond the arc in the second half, sophomore guard Lauren Earl and third-year guard Megan Tywoniuk leading the team with 10 points apiece.

Calgary native Summer Masikewich netted a game-high 13 points for the Huskies, senior guard Megan Lindquist adding 10 while a total of seven players had at least five points in a solid scoring-by-committee effort.

The Pandas came out strong to attempt splitting the weekend series, opening with an 8-2 run, but the Huskies pushed back, taking advantage of the charity stripe to tie the game up at 10 on the strength of three Sabine Dukate free throws.

Saskatchewan only had three baskets out of 14 from the field in the opening quarter, but put up seven at the line to only be down by one after 10 minutes, even though Alberta was shooting at more than double at a 55% clip.

Unfortunately for the home team, the second quarter was the exact opposite, the Huskies converting 47% of their shots from the field while the Pandas dropped to 23%. The visitors also outrebounded their hosts 13-6, including eight alone on defence to help build their lead, doubling up on Alberta 20-10 in the quarter to earn a nine-point lead at halftime.

The possession game became important in the third quarter as the Pandas tried to erase their lead, but Saskatchewan had other plans, earning 16 shots compared to Alberta’s 10, despite succeeding on just as many baskets as the Pandas with four.

Outrebounding their opponents for the second-straight quarter, now 12-7, the Huskies took command of the game, extending their lead to over 10 as the teams entered the fourth quarter.

The visitors slowed the game down in the fourth frame, leading to only 13 points scored in the first half of it, but Saskatchewan still maintaining the upper hand with eight points to Alberta’s five.

As the game wound down, the Pandas were able to make good use of the charity stripe to decrease their deficit, but Saskatchewan’s Kyla Shand ended the game with a jumper to conclude the series sweep.

The 5-3 Pandas will stay at home to host the Victoria Vikes in the final weekend of the 2017 half of the regular season while the 8-0 Huskies return home to host the Calgary Dinos.

Huskies Volleyball Action

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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies completed the weekend sweep of the Mount Royal University Cougars Saturday night on Ron & Jane Centre Court at the PAC, winning in straight sets (25-17, 25-23, 25-18)

With the win, Saskatchewan’s record improves to 2-8. Mount Royal drops to 2-8.

Fourth-year Colin Fraser led the Huskies with nine kills, five digs and three assists. First-year Dylan Mortensen also recorded nine kills and added three digs.

For the Cougars, first-year Mitchell Newman recorded a match-high 11 kills. Fourth-year Tyler Schmidt chipped in with another seven kills.

In the first set, an early 7-0 Huskie run made the score 9-4. The lead would give Saskatchewan enough breathing room and went on to win, 25-17.

The second set was back and forth action, as both teams could not pull away from one another. With the score tied at 23, Fraser smashed a kill to provide a set-point opportunity for second-year CJ Gavlas, who fired off the service ace to give the Huskies the edge, 25-23.

With a 12-5 Huskie lead in the third set, an impressive 10-3 run by the Cougars tied the set at 15. But Saskatchewan recovered and took over from that point. The Huskies put together an 8-0 run to seal the sweep with a 25-18 win.

The Huskies will travel to Manitoba to take on the Bisons next weekend, while the Cougars return home for a weekend series against the UBC Thunderbirds. It will be the final weekend of men’s volleyball for the first half of the season.

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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the Mount Royal University Cougars in a five-set thriller (25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 25-12, 15-13) Saturday night at Ron & Jane Centre Court at the PAC.

With the win, Saskatchewan record improves to 4-6. Mount Royal falls to 5-4.

The Huskies were lead by second-year Emily Koshinsky, who recorded 17 kills, four digs and a game-high five service aces. Fourth-year Georgia Hurry chipped in with 12 kills and a dig, while fourth-year Alexandra Frank provided a game-high 41 assists with seven digs and two service aces.

For Mount Royal, fifth-year Alex Donaghy recorded a match-high 22 kills, with 14 digs, two assists and a team-high four service aces. Second-year Cassidy Kitchen also stood out for the Cougars, recording nine kills, 15 digs, three service aces and an assist.

Trailing 15-10 in the first set, the Huskies would rally back to tie the set at 19. From there, Koshinsky fired off back-to-back service aces to set to set up the 25-23.

The second set looked the opposite of the first. An early 12-5 Huskie lead would slowly be erased by the Cougars as they eventually tied it at 19. A 6-2 run from there earned them the win in set two, 25-21.

In the third, both teams battled back and forth until the Huskies gained a slight 21-20 advantage. However, a 5-0 Mount Royal run would give them the 2-1 set advantage after three.

The Huskies wouldn’t give up the lead in the fourth set, taking it 25-18.

Mount Royal came out strong in the fifth, building a commanding 8-4 lead. The Huskies would crawl back to tie it at nine. Two Cougar attack errors would seal the match victory for Saskatchewan, at 15-13.

The Huskies will travel to Manitoba to take on the Bisons next weekend, while the Cougars return home for a weekend series against the UBC Thunderbirds. It will be the final weekend of women’s volleyball for the first half of the season.

 

 

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