Thursday, January 12, 2017

This Week In Cougar Athletics

Home Schedule – Friday
Women’s Basketball – vs. Manitoba, 6:00 p.m. (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Alberta, 7:00 p.m. (The Co-operators Centre)
Men’s Basketball – vs. Manitoba, 8:00 p.m. (CKHS)

Home Schedule – Saturday
Women’s Hockey – vs. Alberta, 3:00 p.m. (The Co-operators Centre)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Manitoba, 6:00 p.m. (CKHS)
Men’s Basketball – vs. Manitoba, 8:00 p.m. (CKHS)

Away Schedule – Thursday
Women’s Volleyball – at Brandon, 12:00 p.m. (Brandon, Man.)
Men’s Volleyball – at Brandon, 1:45 p.m. (Brandon, Man.)

Away Schedule – Friday
Swimming – at Arena Pro Swim Series, Day 1 (Austin, Texas)
Track & Field – at Sled Dog Meet, Day 1 (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Women’s Volleyball – at Brandon, 6:00 p.m. (Brandon, Man.)
Men’s Volleyball – at Brandon, 7:45 p.m. (Brandon, Man.)
Men’s Hockey – at Alberta, 7:00 p.m. MST (Edmonton, Alta.)

Away Schedule – Saturday
Swimming – at Arena Pro Swim Series, Day 2 (Austin, Texas)
Track & Field – at Sled Dog Meet, Day 2 (Saskatoon, Sask.)
Men’s Hockey – at Alberta, 6:00 p.m. MST (Edmonton, Alta.)

Away Schedule – Sunday
Swimming – at Arena Pro Swim Series, Day 3 (Austin, Texas)

Women’s Basketball (U Sports Ranking: No. 3) – The Cougars (8-2) jumped up one spot in this week’s national rankings after a road sweep over UBC Okanagan which saw them defeat the Heat by a 76-38 score on Friday and an 80-60 margin on Saturday. Now tied with UBC for third place in the Canada West standings, the Cougars are back at home this weekend with games against Manitoba (1-9) at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Both games have a 6 p.m. scheduled start.

Men’s Basketball – The Cougars (6-4) registered a split for the fourth time in five weekends, outlasting UBC Okanagan for an 83-79 win on Friday night in Kelowna before getting off to a slow start and losing 79-70 in Saturday’s game. Saturday’s setback dropped the Cougars into a tie for sixth place in the 17-team Canada West standings, and the team will now prepare for a pair of critical games against Manitoba (4-6) this Friday and Saturday at the CKHS. Both games will tip off at 8 p.m.

Women's Hockey - The Cougars settled for a weekend split against the visiting Manitoba Bisons, taking a 2-1 double-overtime win on Friday night before Manitoba rebounded with a 4-2 win on Saturday. Bailey Braden scored on Friday and Chelsea Hallson netted her first Canada West goal in the second extra frame. Emma Waldenberger and Lilla Carpenter-Boesch had goals on Saturday. The Cougars (9-7-2-0) are at home again this weekend for a crucial matchup with the Alberta Pandas, who sit a point ahead of Regina in the Canada West standings.

Men's Hockey - The Cougars are on the road again after dropping a pair of games to the hometown Manitoba Bisons on the weekend. Regina lost 3-0 on Friday night but battled hard before falling 5-4 on Saturday afternoon. Ian McNulty had two goals and an assist on Saturday while Cody Fowlie (1G, 1A) and Tyler King (3A) also had multi-point outings. The Cougars (3-14-1) will travel to Edmonton this weekend to take on the third-place Alberta Golden Bears.

Women’s Volleyball – The Cougars won their first Canada West match of the season on Saturday night in thrilling fashion, dropping the first two sets to Mount Royal but roaring back for wins in the next three to take a 3-2 victory. Kathleen Bruce had 13 kills and hit .611 in Saturday’s win, while Diana Lumbala was strong all weekend with 21 kills, 19 digs, and six blocks over the two matches. The Cougars (1-11) return to action this week with a rare Thursday/Friday series at Brandon (2-10).

Men’s Volleyball – The Cougars opened the second half of the Canada West schedule at home last weekend, but dropped three-set matches to Mount Royal on both Friday and Saturday at the CKHS. Regina (0-12) will continue conference play this Thursday and Friday against a Brandon University team that will enter the two-match series with a 7-5 Canada West record.

Swimming (Women’s U Sports Ranking: No. 9) – The Cougars will send five swimmers to the Arena Pro Swim Series event in Austin, Texas this weekend.  Georgia Kaluznick and Lexy King will represent a U of R women’s team which broke into the nation’s top ten for the first time in program history this week, while Noah Choboter, Jong Hoon Lee, and Brian Palaschuk will compete on the men’s side. The meet is scheduled to run from Friday through Sunday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Track & Field – The Cougars hit the road for the first time this season for the Downtown Lions Sled Dog Meet on Friday and Saturday in Saskatoon. The Sled Dog Meet kicks off a busy stretch for the Cougars with meets on five consecutive weekends, after which they’ll have a weekend off to prepare for the Canada West Championships at the Regina Fieldhouse.

Wrestling (Women's U Sports Ranking: No. 5 / Men's U Sports Ranking: No. 6) - The Cougars competed at the Golden Bear Invitational on the weekend hosted by the University of Alberta. The women's team placed third in the overall team standings on podium performances from Olivia-Ann McDonnell (gold, 72-kilogram), Tina Trombley (silver, 48kg) and Erica Ravelo (silver (55kg). The men's team was sixth overall, led by Waylon Decoteau, who captured a silver medal in the 100-kg class. Both teams are off for a week before heading to Winnipeg to compete in the Wesmen Invitational.

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