Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This Week In Cougar Athletics

Friday (all times CST)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Saskatchewan, 6:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Calgary, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Men’s Basketball – vs. Saskatchewan, 8:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Volleyball – at UBC Okanagan, 8:00 PM (Kelowna, B.C.)
Men’s Hockey – at Calgary, 8:00 PM (Calgary, Alta.)
Track & Field – at Bison Classic, Day 1 (Winnipeg, Man.)

Saturday (all times CST)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Calgary, 3:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Men’s Hockey – at Calgary, 3:00 PM (Calgary, Alta.)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Saskatchewan, 6:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Volleyball – at UBC Okanagan, 7:00 PM (Kelowna, B.C.)
Men’s Basketball – vs. Saskatchewan, 8:00 PM (CKHS)
Track & Field – at Bison Classic, Day 2 (Winnipeg, Man.)

Women's Basketball (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9) – The Cougars continued their winning ways last weekend in Winnipeg, defeating the Wesmen by scores of 89-43 and 79-66 to improve to 15-3 on the season. The Canada West schedule concludes this weekend at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport with a pair of showdowns against provincial rival Saskatchewan, which comes into the series ranked No. 2 in the country and sporting a 16-2 conference record. Game times are set for 6:00 on both Friday night and Saturday night.

Men’s Basketball – The Cougars (13-5) split with Winnipeg on the road last weekend, winning 96-87 on Friday but falling 91-89 on Saturday thanks to a tip-in at the end of regulation by the Wesmen. The team is readying for its final two Canada West games of the season this weekend, as the Cougars host Saskatchewan (10-8) at the CKHS on Friday and Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 both nights.

Women’s Hockey – The Cougars lost twice to the No. 4-ranked Alberta Pandas in Edmonton last weekend, falling 5-0 on Friday and 4-1 on Saturday. Battling for one of the two final postseason berths, the Cougars (7-12-2-3) are four points up on seventh-place Lethbridge with four games to go. They’ll host their final conference games of the year this weekend at The Co-operators Centre with puck drop against Calgary (3-16-1-3) scheduled for Friday night at 7:00 and Saturday afternoon at 3:00.

Men’s Hockey – The Cougars had the tough task of dealing with the No. 2-ranked team in the country over the weekend at The Co-operators Centre, and the Alberta Golden Bears lived up to their billing with 6-3 and 7-1 wins on Friday and Saturday. Regina (4-19-1) has two weekends of Canada West play remaining, starting next weekend at Calgary (15-6-2) before the Cougars close out the 2018-19 season with a pair of home games against UBC (11-11-2) on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

Women’s Volleyball – The winning continued for the Cougars last weekend, as they took out MacEwan in straight sets on both Friday and Saturday to run their winning streak to six matches and improve to 12-8 on the season. Fifth-year libero Taylor Ungar became Canada West’s all-time digs leader in Saturday’s win, as she’s collected 1323 in her career with four conference matches still remaining. The Cougars will head to Kelowna this weekend to take on UBC Okanagan (2-16) twice before finishing off the conference slate with two games at Manitoba (9-9) on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9.

Track & Field – After a weekend off, the Cougars return to competition this Friday and Saturday at the Bison Classic in Winnipeg. It will be the first of three major meets for the Cougars in February, as they’ll also take part in the Pandas Open in Edmonton next weekend before competing in the Canada West Championships – also in Edmonton – on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23.

(Braden Konschuh/U of R Athletics) 

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