The University of Saskatchewan women's basketball team is heading to the U Sports Championships with a conference title for the second straight year.
The Huskies used a big third quarter to surge ahead of their provincial rivals and held on for a 64-53 win over Regina to successfully defend their Canada West crown. A 14-2 run in the third quarter moved the Huskies up by 12 heading into the final quarter, and despite the Cougars pulling off two runs of 8-0 and 8-2 in the final minutes, the Huskies would hold on at the Ron and Jane Graham Court at the PAC to claim the conference title. Second-year guard Sabine Dukate scored a game high 25 points, and went 5 for 12 from three point range. First year Summer Masikewich added another 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams automatically advance to the national finals, where the Huskies will look to defend their title from last year.
On the men's side, it appears the Huskies won't be making an appearance at the nationals this year. The Huskies held an 8 point lead against Calgary in the Canada West bronze medal game with just under 4 minutes left, but the Dinos rallied, tying the game at 95-95 to send it into overtime, where Calgary rode their momentum to a 111-106 victory. Lawrence Moore led Saskatchewan with 33 points, with all five starters registering double figures in the loss. The selection committee will meet on Sunday to determine seeding, but based on a bronze medal loss, it's likely the men's basketball team won't appear at nationals.
There was one bright spot for men's athletics on campus, and that was at the friendly confines of Rutherford Rink. Jaimen Yakubowski scored twice for the Huskies and Jordan Cooke would make 26 saves for the shutout as the U of S men's hockey team evened up their best of 3 Canada West Final against Alberta with a 2-0 victory. The third and deciding game will take place at Rutherford Rink at 7 p.m.