For the third straight season, and the ninth time in the last 12 years, the University of Regina Cougars will play for the Canada West women’s basketball crown.
On Friday night, the Cougars fell behind early before coming back in the second half to eke out a 66-60 win over the Calgary Dinos to take their best-of-three semifinal in two straight.
Calgary led the game 34-28 at halftime, but Regina erased the six point deficit by outscoring Calgary 22-8 in the third quarter. They then managed to keep the Dinos at bay to take the series and move on.
“We had a great third quarter to get the lead, but gave it up again.” Head Coach Dave Taylor said. “When we needed to down the stretch we made plays. I told Kyanna Giles on the bench to be ready to go because she was our secret weapon and when she went out there, she made the difference when it mattered.
Giles, who was in foul trouble for much of the night, finished the game with 12 points with teammate Charlotte Kot leading the Cougars on the scoresheet with 14.
Regina will have homecourt for next weekend’s one game showdown. It will be played against either the University of Saskatchewan or Trinity Western University. Those two teams will meet Saturday in Saskatoon in the third and deciding game of that semi-final.