This weekend, we will find out who will win each conference championships in U Sports.
The championship action begins on Friday night as the battle for wheat supremacy is on the line, as the defending Canada-West champions, Saskatchewan Huskies will stay in the province and travel to Regina to play the Cougars.
Saturday afternoon will see defending RSEQ and U Sports champions, McGill Martlets on the road to play Laval Rouge et Or in Quebec City. The defending OUA champions, Carleton Ravens are on the road as well and will travel to Hamilton to play McMaster Marauders. Sunday afternoon, will see AUS have it championship game, the teams are to be determined following Saturday’s semi-finals games.
Canada-West Championship Previews-
The Saskatchewan Huskies are looking for the three-peat against its rivals, Regina Cougars. The Huskies finished the regular season with an 17-3 record and made it to CW championship game after beating Trinity- Western Spartans in game three, 72-48.
The Cougars are looking for their first CW title since 2013. Regina finished the regular season posting a record of 18-2. The two schools split its two meetings during the regular season.
Saskatchewan Huskies third-year guard, Sabine Dukate :
Dukate was an first-team CW all- star this year after averaging 16.9 points per a game and 339 points. She led the CW in three-pointers making 61-146.
Regina Cougars second- year guard, Kyanne Giles:
Last season’s CW & U Sports rookie of the year, Giles was a first-team all- star. Giles averaged 17.3 PPG and scored 329 points. She also had 155 rebounds.
The Huskies were second in defense, holding opponents to 58.6 points a game. The Cougars were ranked were third with 59.5 points a game.
RSEQ Championship Preview-
The McGill Martlets are going for their seventh- straight RSEQ title. The Martlets had a record of 11-5 this year and made it to RSEQ championship game after beating Bishop’s Gaiters,72-50.
Laval will be looking to win its first championship since 2011 and the Rouge et Or had a record of 12-4 and made it to championship game following a 66-56 win over UQAM Citadins. The Rouge et Or won the regular season series,3-1. These two teams also meet at last year’s U Sports final 8 championship game.
McGill Martlets fifth-year center, Alex Kiss-Rusk:
Kiss–Rusk was named RSEQ MVP this year after averaging 14.3 points per a game and 228 rebounds. Kiss- Rusk was first in RSEQ for rebounding after averaging 11.8 RB/G and 188 rebounds. Last year, Kiss- Rusk was tournament MVP of the Final 8.
Laval Rouge et Or fifth-year forward, Raphaëlle Côté:
She was named a first- team all- star after averaging 13.2 PPG and 188 points. She also had 130 rebounds as well.
The Martlets were first in defense as teams were limited to 55.8 points a game, 893 points (1st in RSEQ) while Rouge et Or held teams to 57.1 points a game, 913 points.
OUA Championship/ Critelli Cup Final Preview-
The defending OUA champions, Carleton Ravens will have to win their title on the road in Hamilton against McMaster Marauders on Saturday afternoon. The Ravens heading to the finals undefeated with 23-0. The Ravens return to the championship game following a 61-48 win over Windsor Lancers.
The Marauders are hoping to win their first OUA title since 2008. The Marauders posted a 20-4 record during the regular season and made it to the championship game following a 47-46 thriller against Ottawa Gee-Gees. Ravens won their only meeting of the year, 81-54.
Carleton Ravens fifth-year forward, Heather Lindsay:
Lindsay was a second- team OUA all- star this past year, she averaged 11.0 PPG and scored 253 points. She was fourth in OUA rebounding, 10.0 RB/G and grabbed 231 rebounds. She was first in FG Pct, 54.7%.
McMaster Marauders fourth- year guard, Hillary Hanaka :
She was named a first- team all- star after averaging 15.1 points/game and scored 287 points. She was second in 3pt pct,41.3% and fifth in 3pt making 45-109 attempts.
Carleton held opposing teams to just 45.9 points per a game which topped OUA. Marauders held its opponents to 57.8 points per a game (5th in OUA).
AUS Championship Tournament Preview-
The Acadia Axewomen heading into the tournament as the favorites. They set a new program record for wins in a season with 18 and two losses. The team is lead by fifth-year guard, Paloma Anderson. Anderson was named AUS MVP for the second time in three years after she averaged 18.9 ppg and 378 points. The team held teams to 64.7 points a game.
The defending AUS champions, Cape Breton Capers are hoping to win their second- straight championship.
The Capers finished the season with a 13-7 record. The team is lead by fifth- year forward, Alison Keough. Keough won the AUS scoring title after averaging 19.2 ppg and scored 384 points. She also had 240 rebounds which was second in the conference. The Capers on defense surrounded 68.0 points a game.
Canada- West Bronze MMeda Game Preview-
This is an important game as the winner will be heading to Regina for the Final 8. Trinity-Western Spartans will be hosting Calgary Dinos. The Spartans are coming off their best season in program history where they posted a 16-4 record.
The Dinos finished the season with a 15-5 record. The two teams split the regular season series.
Key Players :
Trinity Western Spartans fourth-year forward, Tessa Ratzlaff :
Ratzlaff was an first- team all- star after averaging 18.4 pts/game and scored 367 points. She also had 155 rebounds. She was second in the conference in field goals made, making 151-302 shots..
Calgary Dinos fifth- year forward/guard, Brianna Ghali :
She was an second- team all-star after averaging 14.8 ppg and scoring 297 points. She also had 143 rebounds as well.
The Spartans held teams to 64.3 points a game . The Dinos were first in the conference holding teams to 56.4 points a game.