Thursday, December 3, 2015

This Week in Cougar Athletics

At Home – FridayWomen's Basketball vs. Winnipeg, 6:00 p.m. (CKHS)
Men's Basketball vs. Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m. (CKHS)

At Home – Saturday
Track & Field at Larmer Friendship Games, 2:00 p.m. (Regina Fieldhouse)
Women's Basketball vs. Winnipeg, 6:00 p.m. (CKHS)
Men's Basketball vs. Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m. (CKHS)

Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 6) – The Cougars (5-1) split with Alberta on the road last weekend, winning on Friday but suffering their first loss of the Canada West schedule on Saturday. They'll attempt to finish off the first half of conference play on a winning note this weekend as they host Winnipeg on Friday and Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. both nights.

Men's Basketball – The Cougars (3-3) fell to .500 on the season after two road losses at Alberta over the weekend, losing 84-65 on Friday before dropping a tight 66-63 decision on Saturday. Regina closes out this half of the Canada West schedule with a critical pair of home games against Winnipeg, which will also enter the weekend with a 3-3 record. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at the CKHS.

Track & Field – After warming up with their annual intrasquad meet last Saturday, the Cougars start the 2015-16 season for real this weekend with their first official competition of the season. The Larmer Friendship Games will be held at the Regina Fieldhouse on Saturday with a start time of 2 p.m.

Swimming – The Cougars took home three medals over the weekend at the Canada West Swimming Championships, including a silver in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 200 backstroke by Noah Choboter and a silver in the 100 butterfly by Eva Madar. All three of those also went down as University of Regina records, with a total of eight school marks falling over the three days of competition. The Cougars will now turn their preparation towards the CIS Championships in late February.

Women's Volleyball – The Cougars dug themselves a giant hole after losing the opening two sets of their match against Manitoba on Saturday, but fought back to win the next three sets to claim their first Canada West victory of the season. Veteran outside hitter Tori Glynn was huge in the victory, as she was responsible for six of the team's final seven points in the deciding set. The Cougars will return to action at the New Year's Classic in Edmonton starting on Jan. 2.

Men's Volleyball – The Cougars stunned one of the top teams in the country on Saturday after winning the opening two sets over No. 3-ranked Manitoba, but the Bisons recovered with wins in the next three sets to squeak away with a five-set victory at the CKHS. The team will now break until a trip to California later this month, which will see them take on Hope International and Concordia Irvine in non-conference matches.

Men's Hockey -  The Cougars dropped a pair of games last weekend against the Manitoba Bisons, falling 6-2 and 5-3 to the visiting Bisons. Ian McNulty and Troy Hunter scored in Thursday's loss while McNulty, Austin Bourhis and Miguel Pereira found the net on Friday night. The losses bump the Cougars record to 4-12 for the first half of the season. The Cougars will be back in action on Jan. 8-9, as they play host to the Calgary Dinos to kick off the 2016 portion of the schedule.

Women's Hockey - The Cougars have accumulated a 6-6-3-1 record in the first half of the season, good enough for fifth spot in a crowded Canada West conference. Regina split with Manitoba last weekend, beating the hometown Bisons 2-1 on Friday before falling 1-0 in a tightly contested rematch. The Cougars lead the conference in goals scored, with 43 through 16 games. Rookie forward Jaycee Magwood is second in the conference in points with 18, while fourth-year forward Kylie Gavelin has recorded 17. Goaltender Toni Ross has also been impressive for Regina, as she leads the conference in wins (9) and is second in save percentage (.939). The Cougars will hit the ice again on Jan. 8-9 in Calgary, when they take on the Dinos.

Wrestling (Men's CIS Ranking: No. 5 / Women's CIS Ranking: No. 6) - The women's team wrestled a dual against the University of Jamestown last Wednesday, falling to the Jimmies by a score of 28-10. Winning wrestlers for the Cougars were Erica Ravelo at 48 kilograms and Kristine Longeau at 72. The Cougars then hosted a two-day training camp for athletes from southern Saskatchewan as well as the Jamestown wrestlers. Both the men's and women's teams will have a month off before competing at the Golden Bear Invitational in early January.

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