After disposing of UBC in two straight last weekend, the University of Regina Cougar women’s basketball team are on their home floor again this weekend looking to move into the conference championship game.
Dave Taylor’s team, ranked #2 in Canada, will entertain the University of Calgary in Game 1 of a best-of-three series Thursday night.
The Dinos, ranked #10 in Canada, come into the game with a record of 15-5 on the season while the Cougars are 18-2. They also come into the game having won their last nine including two straight over Victoria in a quarter-final matchup last weekend.
The winner of the series will take on the winner of the other semi-final matchup between Trinity Western and the University of Saskatchewan which will go in Saskatoon. If the Cougars win this weekend, that game would go in Regina next weekend.
Tip off time Thursday night is 7.
Three members of the team were recognized by Canada West for their season on Thursday. Kyanna Giles was named a first-team all-star, Charlotte Kot was named a third-team all star and Carolina Gonsalves was named the conference rookie of the year. Giles led the Cougars in scoring (17.3 points per game), rebounding (8.2 per game), and steals (57) during the regular season while also finishing third on the team with 48 assists.
Kot was second on the Cougars in scoring (14.1 points per game), rebounding (5.6 per game), and blocks (12) after missing almost all of last season due to injury. It is the third time in her career she has been recognized as a conference all-star.
Gonsalves averaged just over 12 points a game in her first year with the Cougars. The Portuguese resident has plenty of international experience and earlier this year played two games with the national team in a European qualifier.