Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Monday afternoon that the University of Regina will host the 2018 CIS Women’s Basketball Championship at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
It will mark the third time in the last decade that the Cougars have hosted the national tournament. They also played host to the eight-team event in 2009 and 2013, advancing to the championship game in both of those years.
“We are thrilled and honoured to be selected as the host for the 2018 CIS women’s basketball championship. It is a privilege to welcome the best women’s basketball players in the country to our campus and we take the responsibility of hosting this event seriously,” said Curtis Atkinson, acting athletic director at the U of R. “We look forward to delivering an athlete-centered championship that will be memorable for all athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators. As demonstrated in 2009 and 2013, I know the University and community will show great support for this high-profile event and that it will have a tremendous impact on our community.”
Eight players from this year’s roster are expected to still be in a Cougar uniform during the 2017-18, including guards Sara Hubenig and Caitlin Zacharias who will both be in their final seasons of CIS eligibility. Britton Belyk, Christina McCusker, and current rookies Michaela Kleisinger, Avery Pearce, Alexi Rowden, and Jayda Watson are also projected to be on the roster.
“I’m incredibly excited and honoured to have us as the host school in 2018,” Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said. “Having this bid accepted is a testament to the community – the players produced locally, the support we get at our home games, and the backing from the University. We hosted incredible events in 2009 and 2013, and we’ll make the 2018 CIS Championship just as memorable.”
This will be the fourth national women’s basketball championship hosted by the University of Regina. Besides the recent ones in 2009 and 2013 and the upcoming 2018 event, the school also hosted the 1979 CIAU Championship.