One week after losing the Canada West final to the U of R Cougars by 20 points, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies exacted some revenge Saturday night.
The Huskies beat the Cougars 74-71 in front of over 2400 people at the CKHS as it was standing room only with many fans having to watch the game from upstairs on the track.
The Huskies did a lot of damage from the three-point line as they shot 50 percent on the night from behind the arc going 14 for 28 with Sabine Dukate nailing five alone in the first half, but it was the 14th and final one that was the dagger as Libby Epoch’s three with less than a minute to go gave the U of S a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“They shot the ball well. “Head Coach Dave Taylor said. “They shot fifty percent from the three. When they were wide open, they knocked them down. They took advantage of it. We froze a little bit late when we trying to get a three, but that’s on me because we hadn’t been in that position all year.”
For the Cougars, it is another trip to the nationals that doesn’t end with a victory. It is something which baffles Taylor.
“I keep looking at that and go why can’t we?” Taylor said. “I honestly don’t have an answer. I’ll look at again at the end of the season. We’re doing something to get here, but what is it we need to take that extra step.”
The U of S will face Carleton in the final. The number 1 ranked Ravens didn’t lead until the end of the game when Catherine Traer banked in a shot with just over a second to play to give the Ravens a tough 46-44 win over McGill
The Cougars will meet McGill in the 3rd place game at 2:30 followed by the championship game at 5:30.