University of Regina Cougars women’s basketball coach Dave Taylor and his team had a major celebration on their home floor Friday night. They now look for another in just over a week’s time.
The Cougars, ranked number 2 in Canada, won the Canada West conference championship for the third time in the program’s history as they knocked off the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 75-55 in what could be a preview of the USports Canada national final as both teams will be involved in the tournament which starts next Thursday at the CKHS.
Taylor says while winning the conference banner is great, there is still a lot of work to do.
“The players can celebrate and be happy and it’s a great feeling, but it’s back to watching tape for the coach as we start getting ready for nationals. It’s tremendous to know what it feels like to win the conference going into nationals, but there are six teams across the country who could win this thing so we will have to play well next weekend if we are going to have something like this happen again.”
This was the third year in a row that the two teams had played in the Canada West final with the Huskies winning both on their home floor. 5th year Cougar Charlotte Kot had the silver medal placed around her neck those two years and was more than happy to trade that silver in for gold while getting her hands on the conference banner.
“This is like a huge weight off my shoulders.” Kot said. “I haven’t stopped thinking about it since we lost last year.”
Four spots for the nationals have been decided. The Cougars and Huskies are in as are Carleton and McMaster. The other four teams will be determined this weekend. The Cougars will play their first game at nationals at 6 o’clock Thursday night.