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- Canada West champions Mamadou Gueye of Alberta and Sabine Dukate of Saskatchewan are the conference first stars of the week
- Gueye led Alberta to the CW men’s basketball title in Calgary, while Dukate helped lift the Huskies to back-to-back CW championships in Saskatoon
- Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Irvan Brar (male second star), Trinity Western’s Sophie Carpentier (female second star), Manitoba’s Keith Omoerah (male third star), and UBC’s Amelia Boughn (female third star).
EDMONTON – Newly crowned Canada West basketball champions Mamadou Gueye and Sabien Dukate are the Canada West first stars of the week for the period ending Sunday, March 5.
Gueye is the male first star of the week after helping guide the Alberta Golden Bears to the Canada West men’s basketball title in Calgary. The fourth-year guard scored 30 points in Alberta’s 83-70 semifinal win over Saskatchewan before scoring 20 in the Bears’ 92-73 win over Manitoba in the final. The banner was Alberta’s 12th Canada West championship in program history.
In Saskatoon this weekend, Dukate led the Huskies to their second consecutive conference title, scoring a combined 50 points in Saskatchewan’s wins over Winnipeg and Regina. In front of more than 2,100 fans Saturday in the final, Dukate scored a game-high 25 points to give the hometown fans the win they were looking for.
Both Gueye and Dukate now lead their teams into the U SPORTS national tournaments. Alberta opens the eight-team tournament Thursday at 5 p.m. MT with a game against the host Dalhousie Tigers in Halifax, while Saskatchewan takes on Laval Thursday at 3 p.m. MT in Victoria.
Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Irvan Brar (male second star), Trinity Western’s Sophie Carpentier (female second star), Manitoba’s Keith Omoerah (male third star), and UBC’s Amelia Boughn (female third star).
Male first star – Mamadou Gueye
Alberta Golden Bears basketball
Quebec City, Que.
Campus St. Jean
Game log: Friday, March 3 – 30 points, eight rebounds and two steals in 83-70 W vs. Saskatchewan in CW semis / Saturday, March 4 – 20 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in 92-73 W vs. Manitoba in CWF.
Fourth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball guard Mamadou Gueye is the Canada West male first star of the week after leading the Golden Bears to their 12th Canada West title.
Gueye finished the Canada West Final Four in Calgary with 50 points, 16 rebounds and five steals, as the Bears beat Saskatchewan and Manitoba en route to their second conference championship in four seasons.
The Quebec City product dropped a game-high 30 points in their semifinal win over Saskatchewan, also grabbing eight boards and two steals, as the Bears not only advanced to the conference final, but also booked their ticket to the U SPORTS Championship.
Gueye was just as clutch in the championship final, scoring another 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, while pulling in another eight rebounds and three steals. The fourth-year Bears’ shooting was crucial to the Alberta win, as he went 3-for-5 in the second half, making three of his free throws, to power the Bears to the 19-point win.
The Canada West champion Golden Bears will now set their sights on a national title, as they head to Halifax for the U SPORTS Final 8, hosted by the Dalhousie Tigers. Alberta, the No. 4 seed, faces the Atlantic University Sport champion Tigers Thursday at 5 p.m. MT in the quarters.
Female first star – Sabine Dukate
Saskatchewan Huskies basketball
Arts & Science
Game log: Friday, March 3 – 25 points, two rebounds, and three steals in 72-62 W vs. Alberta in CW semis / Saturday, March 4 – 25 points, six rebounds, and one assist in 64-53 W vs. Regina in CWF.
Second-year University of Saskatchewan point guard Sabine Dukate helped lead the Huskies to a second straight Canada West title with 50 points in the two games at the conference Final Four in Saskatoon this past weekend.
In Friday’s 72-62 semifinal win over the Alberta Pandas, Dukate tallied 25 points, two rebounds and three steals in 40 minutes. A night later in a 64-53 win, the Arts & Science student from Latvia recorded another 25 points, six rebounds and one assist in 38 minutes.
The win was the fifth Canada West title in Huskies history.
Dukate and the Huskies enter the U SPORTS national tournament in Victoria seeded second and will meet the Laval Rouge et Or in a quarter-final Thursday at 3 p.m. MT.
Male second star – Irvan Brar
UBC Thunderbirds volleyball
Game log: Friday, March 3 – 21 kills and 16 digs in 3-2 W vs. Brandon / Saturday, March 4 – 26 kills, 15 digs, and two aces in 3-2 W vs. Brandon.
Irvan Brar led UBC to a 2-0 Canada West men's volleyball quarter-final series win over the Brandon Bobcats in Vancouver on the weekend, helping the Thunderbirds clinch a berth to the national championship tournament for the first time since 2008. Brar had team-highs in kills and digs on both nights, recording 47 kills and 31 digs over the two-game series.
On Friday, Brar knocked down a game-high 21 kills, and added 16 digs. The Arts student from Surrey, B.C., recorded five of his kills in the crucial fifth set, as the T-Birds held off a spirited comeback attempt from Brandon.
Brar's performance in Saturday's 3-2 UBC triumph was one of the best in conference history. His game-high 26 kills tied for the ninth most in a Canada West playoff match, while his 29.5 points is tied for 10th on the league's all-time list for points in a post-season contests. In addition to his offensive output, Brar was also strong defensively, with a team-best 15 digs.
The series win gave UBC a spot at this weekend's Canada West Final Four at the University of Manitoba, where the T-Birds will open against the hosts. UBC has also qualified for the U SPORTS national tournament March 17-19 at the University of Alberta.
Female second star – Sophie Carpentier
Trinity Western Spartans volleyball
Game log: Thursday, March 2 – 18 kills, .419 hitting percentage, two digs, and two aces in 3-0 W vs. Mount Royal / Friday, March 3 – 20 kills, .277 hitting percentage, six blocks, five digs, three aces in 3-1 W vs. Mount Royal.
TWU fifth-year outside hitter Sophie Carpentier led the No. 4 Spartans to a Canada West quarter-final sweep of the Mount Royal Cougars this weekend. She finished the series with 38 kills, seven digs, six blocks, five aces and 47 points to lead the Spartans to 3-0 and 3-1 wins over the Cougars.
The Ottawa native was impressive on the attack as she averaged 5.43 kills per set to open the Canada West playoffs.
In Thursday’s straight set victory, the Canada West first team all-star finished with 18 kills, .419 hitting percentage, two digs, two service aces, and 20 points in the 3-0 win over Mount Royal to take Game 1 of the series. She then helped TWU to a 3-1 win Friday with 20 kills, a .277 hitting percentage, six blocks, three service aces, five digs, and 27 points in the series sweep.
With the wins, the Spartans (21-3, 2-0) have advanced to the Canada West Final Four in Edmonton, where they match up against the UBC Thunderbirds in the CW semifinal. The top three teams will advance to the U SPORTS Championships hosted by Ryerson University March 17-19.
Male third star – Keith Omoerah
Manitoba Bisons basketball
Game log: Friday, March 3 – 17 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 74-74 W vs. Calgary in CW semis / Saturday, March 4 – 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 92-73 L in CWF.
The Bison men’s basketball team continues to defy the rankings and pundits as they have earned a U SPORTS championship berth after another playoff upset.
Fourth-year guard Keith Omoerah averaged a double-double over the Bisons’ two playoff games in the Final Four this past weekend, and was the leading rebounder for Manitoba on both nights. The versatile guard had a combined 34 points, 24 rebounds, eight assists and five steals while starting both games and playing 72 minutes.
On Friday in the semis against host Calgary, Omoerah had a strong double-double of 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The veterans output helped to secure the 74-72 upset win over the Dinos, which clinched Manitoba’s first conference championship game berth since 1986.
The next night in the championship game, Manitoba lost 92-73 to Alberta, but once again Omoerah led the charge with another double-double, recording 17 points and ten rebounds.
Manitoba now advances to the 2017 U SPORTS championship in Halifax on March 9-12 as the Canada West finalist. They are the No. 6 seed and will play the No. 3 McGill Redmen at 11 a.m. MT on Thursday, March 9.
Female third star – Amelia Boughn
UBC Thunderbirds hockey
Game log: Friday, March 3 – 23 saves in 2-0 L vs. Alberta in GM 1 of CWF / Saturday, March 4 – 25 saves in 1-0 W vs. Alberta in GM 2 of CWF / Sunday, March 5 – 16-save shutout in 1-0 W vs. Alberta in GM 3 of CWF.
UBC Thunderbirds goaltender Amelia Boughn backstopped her team to the 2-1 series win over the Alberta Pandas in the Canada West Final, giving up just three goals in three games.
The Arts student from Toronto stopped 23 shots in a close 2-0 loss in Game 1 on Friday night in Vancouver.
With little room for error, Boughn was almost unbeatable the rest of the way.
In Game 2, she turned aside 25 of the 26 Pandas shots on net, as UBC stayed alive by taking a must-win game by a score of 3-1.
Boughn earned her second shutout of the playoffs in Sunday's series-deciding Game 3 by making 16 saves to lead UBC to a 1-0 win. She was instrumental in keeping the Pandas off the scoreboard when they had a four-minute power-play span that bridged the second and third periods after a double-minor was called on UBC.
With the series win, the Thunderbirds claimed the Canada West title for the second year in a row. Both UBC and Alberta will represent Canada West at the U SPORTS Women's Hockey Championship March 16-19 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.