Friday, February 15, 2013

U of R Action This Weekend

Away EventsWrestling – at Canada West Championships, Friday and Saturday in Edmonton, Alta.
Women's Basketball – at Brandon, Friday (6:00 p.m.) in Brandon, Man.
Men's Hockey – at Manitoba, Friday (7:00 p.m.) in Winnipeg, Man. (Game 1)
Men's Basketball – at Brandon, Friday (8:00 p.m.) in Brandon, Man.
Women's Basketball – at Brandon, Saturday (5:00 p.m.) in Brandon, Man.
Men's Basketball – at Brandon, Saturday (7:00 p.m.) in Brandon, Man.
Men's Hockey – at Manitoba, Saturday (7:00 p.m.) in Winnipeg, Man. (Game 2)
Men's Hockey – at Manitoba, Sunday (7:00 p.m.) in Winnipeg, Man. (Game 3 – if necessary)

Women's Wrestling (CIS Ranking: No. 5) – The Cougars enter this weekend's Canada West meet in Edmonton looking for their first conference title in program history. Danielle Anderson (59 kg) and Lisa McKibben (72 kg) have both had strong seasons for the Cougars and are ranked No. 2 in the nation in their respective classes by CAWA, while Jasmine Slinn (48 kg) and Jillian Durant (67 kg) are both ranked No. 3. Slinn, a three-time Canada West medallist and a three-time CIS medallist, is the lone fifth-year wrestler on the U of R's roster.

Men's Wrestling (CIS Ranking: No. 8) – The Cougars are the two-time defending Canada West champions and are looking to win a third consecutive conference title for the first time since the program took home six straight championships in the 1990s. Leading the way for the Cougars is Steven Schneider, who's in his final season of CIS eligibility and has won three consecutive Canada West gold medals. John Lendvoy, a two-time Canada West silver medallist, is the only other fifth-year athlete on the U of R roster. The University of Alberta hosts the Canada West Championships this weekend at the Universiade Pavilion.

Men's Hockey – The Cougars ended the Canada West schedule with a home split against Manitoba, getting doubled up by the Bisons on Friday night by a 6-3 score but replying with a 4-2 victory on Saturday afternoon. The U of R ends up with a conference record of 13-12-3 and in sixth place in the Canada West standings, which means that the Cougars will head to Winnipeg this weekend to face Manitoba in a best-of-three conference quarterfinal series beginning on Friday night. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night, while Game 3 – if it's needed – will go on Sunday. All three games will start at 7 p.m. and will be webcast live at

Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 3) – The Cougars swept Lethbridge at home last weekend, defeating the Pronghorns 82-56 on Friday night and 74-55 on Saturday to improve their Canada West record to 17-3 on the season. The U of R travels to Brandon this weekend to close out the conference schedule against the Bobcats before returning home the following weekend to host a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal series against a Pacific Division opponent.

Men's Basketball – The Cougars (6-14) suffered a heartbreaking 93-91 loss to Lethbridge at the overtime buzzer on Friday night and were also defeated 103-88 by the Pronghorns on Saturday. The team finishes the 2012-13 season this weekend in Brandon, where they'll square off with longtime rival Brandon University of Friday and Saturday night.

Women's Hockey (CIS Ranking: No. 8) – The Cougars took care of business on the road, defeating Manitoba 3-2 in a shootout on Friday and taking out the Bisons 3-2 in regulation on Saturday to finish the conference schedule in second place in the Canada West standings with a 18-7-3 record. The U of R will get a bye through this weekend's quarterfinals and will host a best-of-three Canada West semifinal series beginning on Feb. 22 at The Co-operators Centre.

Track & Field (Men's CIS Ranking: No. 7) – Joy Becker and Kelly Wiebe highlighted the track & field teams' performance over the weekend. Becker hit the CIS standard in the long jump on Friday night at the Queen City Kinsmen Indoor Classic at the Regina Fieldhouse, and her jump of 5.95 metres not only gives Becker the No. 1 ranking in Canada West and makes her the second-ranked athlete in the entire CIS in the event, but was also just one centimetre shy of Janine Polischuk's University of Regina record set back in 2008 and breaks a Manitoba provincial junior record that had stood since 2000. Wiebe won his heat and finished second overall in the 3000-metre run at the Husky Classic in Seattle, hitting the CIS standard with a time of 8:05.63. The teams will host the Canada West Championships on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 at the Regina Fieldhouse.

Women's Volleyball – The Cougars wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a pair of road losses to Calgary, falling in straight sets on Friday night and losing in four sets on Saturday. The Cougars, who finish with a 5-17 record in conference play, are expected to return everyone to next season's roster as the University of Regina prepares to play host to the 2014 CIS Championship at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Men's Volleyball – The Cougars finish off the season with a 2-20 conference record after two away setbacks to Calgary last weekend, as the Dinos won 3-1 on Friday night and in straight sets on Saturday night. With no fifth-year players on the roster this season, the Cougars expect to return all of their players to the 2013-14 roster.

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