The quest for a national championship for the U of R Cougars womens basketball team is over.
The 4th ranked Cougars were beaten 73-70 by the 5th ranked Ryerson Rams on Thursday night in a CIS quarter-final game at the national tournament in Fredricton.
The Cougars never recovered from a 15-0 run by Ryerson over a three-minute span late in the third quarter. That put the Rams up by 13 heading into the fourth and though the Cougars went on an 11-4 run to start the quarter and made it a one-possession game late in the contest, they were never able to pull even with Ryerson.
The Toronto school was led by the CIS player of the year as Kenaca Pingue-Giles had 29 points including 6 three pointers. Regina was led by Charlotte Kot with 19 points.
The Cougars will now play host New Brunswick on Friday night in a matchup that will feature Taylor coaching against Jeff Speedy’s Varsity Reds squad. Speedy was the head coach at Regina for four seasons with Taylor on the staff as an assistant, going 54-26 in Canada West games over that time and bringing home a conference championship in 2004.
Regina and UNB will square off at 8 p.m. ADT, or 5 p.m. Saskatchewan time.