It isn’t what the University of Regina Cougars wanted to take away from the 2018 USports Women’s Basketball Championship that they hosted, but they don’t mind.
Less than 24 hours after a heartbreaking defeat to their provincial rivals, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, the Cougars came back to beat McGill 66-63 in the bronze medal game.
Head Coach Dave Taylor says it was a win that he was proud of his girls for, but he admits it is one that took him a while to get interested in.
“Last night after the game, I never wanted to coach again because it was that kind of loss “Taylor stated. “At 9 AM, I didn’t want to coach in this game. I came to the University walked around a little bit and got my head into it. By 11 o’clock I wanted to be in the game and by 1, I wanted to win the game. I told that to the girls and I told them we are competitive people and once they start keeping score, we will want to win.”
One member of the team who wanted to win in what was her last game was Charlotte Kot. The 5th year player had a career-high 30 points in the win. She said it was definitely something she will remember.
“All of us wanted to make the best out of a bad situation, and the only way to make Saturday’s loss worse would be not to win today”. Kot, who was named a tournament all-star said. “Everyone had a time to go to work face when they came in this morning.
Kot added it’s a season where they don’t get the big prize, but its still a positive to do what they did this season.
“To win a conference banner and win a bronze medal at nationals is something you shouldn’t look down on.” Kot proclaimed, ” We should be proud of what we accomplished.”
Meanwhile, the Carleton Ravens completed a perfect season by beating the Huskies in the final by a score of 69-48.
The championship is the first for Carleton on the women’s side.
(All photos Courtesy Arthur Images)