Game Date: November 6 & 7, 2015
Game Time: 6:15 p.m.
Game Location: PAC
Live Stats/ Live Webcast: canadawest.tv
The second ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie women's basketball team tips off the 2015-16 Canada West basketball season with a home series against the University of Manitoba Bisons.
- Saskatchewan is ranked No. 2 in the first CIS Top 10. The Regina Cougars (No. 7) and the Alberta Pandas (No. 10) join the Huskies in the rankings.
- Saskatchewan returns CIS Second Team All-Canadian Forward and CIS Final 8 Tournament all-star guard Laura Dally to their 2015-16 lineup.
- This weekend is 'Cover Your Paws' weekend at the PAC. New Huskie mitts will be available for purchase or donation. Fans are encouraged to drop off their new or gently used winter clothing to be donated to those less fortunate in Saskatoon as part of the Coats for Kids initiative.
Saskatchewan has won 10 straight meetings in the series. Manitoba's last win came on January 31, 2010 in Saskatoon.
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS (0-0)
(From Canada West)
Number of new players: 5
Key Recruits (Name, POS, Hometown, Last Team):
Nicole Konieczny, G, Regina, SK, Hornets Club
Emma Thompson, F, Calgary, AB, Junior Dinos
Addison Martin, F, Winnipeg, MB, Wolves Club
Alyssa Lucier, G, Wallaceburg, ON, London Ramblers Juel
Cara Neufeld, F, Winnipeg, MB, Wolves Club
Number of departing players: 5
Key Losses (Name, POS, number of years with team):
Sheree Carmona-Galdamez, G, 5
Stephanie Gill, G, 5
Roby Eyer, G, 5
Allison Balasko, F, 5
Vanessa DeVries, F, 5
Samantha Pyke, F, 5
Key performer: Jenilyn Monton, G, 4th year
She starts her fourth year at the guard position for the Bisons. The 5'5" sparkplug was fifth in team scoring with 5.1 points per game average last season with the top four Bison scorers have all graduated after 2014-15. Monton will be lean upon on the offensive side and to give leadership to a young team in 2015-16.
Key storyline: After a tough 2014-15 season, the Bison women's basketball looks to rebound with a new era. Head coach Michele Hynes is now in her second year and had her first true recruiting class and had five rookies along with five sophomores in the 13 person lineup. There is no fifth year players and only one fourth year Bison in this year's squad with an emphasis of improving the culture and allowing opportunities for numerous positions for the young team.
For a program that only won one conference game in 2014-15, the goal is simple for the 2015-16 campaign – make the playoffs.
NO. 2 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (0-0)
Number of new players: 3
Key Recruits (Name (POS/Hometown/Last Team)):
Sabine Dukate (Guard/Ventspiils, Latvia/BC Suduva)
Megan Ahlstrom (Guard/Calgary, AB/Centennial Coyotes)
Janaya Brown (Forward/Warman, SK/Warman Wolverines)
Number of departing players: 3
Key Losses (Name (POS/number of years with team)):
Kabree Howard (Guard/5)
Riley Humbert (Guard/5)
Jordyn Halvorson (Forward/4)
Key performer: Dalyce Emmerson
Emmerson notched another big season for the Huskies in 2014-15. After averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 54% from the floor the 6-3 forward was named a second team CIS All-Canadian, her third All-Canadian nod. The Prince Albert, Sask. native was also named a Canada West first team all-star for the third straight season. Emmerson was a second team conference all-star in her freshman season.
Key storyline: In the third week of the season the Huskies will host the UBC Thunderbirds, a team that knocked them off 69-68 in the dying seconds of the 2014-15 Canada West championship game in Vancouver and again in the bronze medal game at the CIS Championship in Quebec City. Saskatchewan finished tied with the T-Birds for first overall in the Pioneer division last season, but a tiebreaker gave UBC the top spot and hosting rights for the Final Four. The Huskies hope to use home court advantage where they finished 10-0 last season to get an early jump in the standings.