The University of Regina’s women’s basketball team will open up the 2018 U SPORTS Championship at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport Thursday with a quarterfinal matchup against wildcard recipient Laval, as seedings for the eight-team national tournament in Regina were announced on Sunday evening.
The No. 2-seeded Cougars will play No. 7 Laval on Thursday night (6:00) on home court.
The Cougars are coming off their third Canada West championship in program history after defeating Saskatchewan on Friday night, while Laval lost to McGill in the RSEQ title game but were awarded the tournament’s wildcard berth.
Carleton opened up the season with non-conference losses to both Regina and Alberta, but ended up as the No. 1 seed in the tournament after winning their next 33 games against U SPORTS opposition including the OUA championship on Saturday over McMaster. They’ll open up the tournament on Thursday afternoon (1:00) against No. 8 seed Calgary, which got into the tournament on Saturday night with a road victory over Trinity Western in the Canada West third-place game.
McGill and McMaster were awarded the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively, and will square off on Thursday afternoon (3:00). McGill won the RSEQ championship over Laval, while McMaster lost out in the OUA finals to top-seeded Carleton.
The final quarterfinal will pit No. 3-seeded Acadia and No. 6 seed Saskatchewan. Acadia defeated the University of Prince Edward Island on Sunday morning to win the AUS championship, while Saskatchewan clinched a berth to the tournament last weekend and finished as the runner-up in the Canada West postseason. Acadia and Saskatchewan will square off at 8:00 on Thursday night.