No. 1 Huskies Host No. 6 Pandas in Battle For First

Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography
Photo Credit: Josh Schaefer Photography

Game Date: February 12 & 13, 2016

Game Location: PAC, 6:15PM

Live Stats/Webcast: canadawest.tv

THE GAMES

The No. 1 ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie women's basketball team hosts the No. 6 ranked University of Alberta Pandas this weekend at the PAC with first place in the Pioneer Division on the line.

THE HEADLINES

• Saskatchewan retains the No. 1 CIS ranking for the seventh straight poll. The Huskies are joined by Canada West schools Regina (No. 3) and Alberta (No. 6) in the Top 10.

• The Huskies (16-0) hold a one game lead at the top of the division, just ahead of Alberta (16-1) and Regina (15-1).

• The Huskies close the regular season in Regina next weekend. Alberta hosts Calgary (13-4) for a single game to finish the season.

• Saskatchewan has won 32 straight Canada West regular season and post-season games at the PAC. The Huskies have won 29 straight Canada West regular season games overall.

• On Saturday night, the Huskies will honour four fifth-year athletes who will play their final regular season home games at the PAC. Dalyce Emmerson, Taya Keujer, Kelsey Trulsrud and Laura Dally will all be recognized following Saturday's game.

• Huskie forward Dalyce Emmerson leads the CIS in field goal percentage at 64.4 percent.

• Saskatchewan has the top scoring offense (80.1 points/game) and defence (53.3 points/game) in the conference.

• The Huskies have the best shooting percentage in the CIS at 47.6 percent. They also lead the nation in three-point shooting at 37.2 percent.

THE SERIES

Since 2009-10 the Huskies are 3-9 against the Pandas in the regular season. Last year, the Huskies knocked off Alberta 70-63 in the CIS quarter-final. Alberta is the last Canada West team to win at the PAC. The win came February 16, 2013.

NO 6. UNIVERISTY OF ALBERTA PANDAS (16-1)

The University of Alberta Pandas looks to play spoiler on the Huskies home court reign and move into the top spot in the standings.

Alberta is slightly ahead of the Regina Cougars thanks to having one extra game played. The Pandas can leap frog the Huskies for first with a sweep this weekend.

As a team Alberta has shot the ball at a 43.4 percent clip to rank third in the CIS. Jessilyn Fairbanks' 16 points per game leads the Pandas. Elle Hendershot leads the team in rebounding with 8.8 boards per contest.

NO. 1 UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES (16-0)

The No. 1 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies can lock up first spot in the Pioneer Division with a sweep of Alberta and a pair of Regina losses to Calgary.

The Huskies continued their home court dominance with a sweep of the Brandon Bobcats last weekend.

Fifth-year guard Laura Dally leads a well-balanced offence with 16.1 points per game. Dally has knocked down 41 three-pointers this season, second most in the country. Four of the five Huskie starters average double-digit scoring figures. The Huskies continue to lead the CIS in shooting percentage at 47.6 percent and lead the Canada West in both offensive and defensive scoring averages.

Dalyce Emmerson continues to climb the Canada West all-time record lists. The fifth-year forward sits 12th in all-time scoring with 1500 points. Emmerson is third in all-time rebounds and second in all-time blocks and is among the leaders in multiple other categories.