No. 2 Huskies Defeat No. 7 Wesmen In Canada West Heavyweight Battle

No. 2 Huskies Defeat No. 7 Wesmen In Canada West Heavyweight Battle

In the first game of a weekend series between two Canada West heavyweights, the No. 2 ranked University of Regina Cougars drew first blood with an 83-67 victory over the No. 7 ranked University of Winnipeg Wesmen Friday evening at the Dr. David F. Anderson gymnasium in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg native Kyanna Giles led the Cougars with 22 points, including going a perfect 5-for-5 from three point range and nine rebounds. Fifth year guard Katie Polischuk added 18 points, including three-three pointers. Sara Hubenig finished with 10 points.

Fourth year guard Antoinette Miller led all Wesmen players with 22 points, including three-three pointers. Second year guard Lena Wenke added 15 points, going three-of-five from outside the arc. Faith Hezekiah also figured in double digits scoring 13 points.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders in a very entertaining opening quarter. Regina outscored Winnipeg 30-22 with both teams connecting on over 50% of their shots from the field. Polischuk scored 12 points in the quarter while Miller added nine points for the Wesmen. The Cougars connected for five three-pointers while the Wesmen added three.

Winnipeg opened the second quarter on a 7-2 run to cut the Regina lead to 32-29. The Cougars regrouped and scored six unanswered points to extend their lead to 38-29. The Cougars maintained their lead for the remainder of the quarter and went into the halftime break leading 46-39.

The Wesmen came out on fire in the third quarter scoring seven of the first nine points to cut the Regina lead to 48-45. A three pointer by Wenke soon after tied the score at 51-51 with 4:37 remaining in the quarter. The Cougars held off a late Wesmen charge and went into the fourth quarter leading 56-53.

The Cougars offense came alive again in the fourth quarter, scoring 27 points while holding the Wesmen to 14 points in the final 10 minutes. The Cougars were helped by three-three pointers and draining 10-of-12 from the free throw line.

Regina had the edge on the boards outrebounding Winnipeg 40-25. The Cougars finished the contest with 10-three pointers, Winnipeg had six.

Regina and Winnipeg both with identical 15-2 records will wrap up their weekend series Saturday night with tip off scheduled for 5:00 p.m.