REGINA, Sask. – The University of Regina's women's basketball team suffered just its second loss of the season on Saturday after a 59-52 setback to the visiting Saskatchewan Huskies at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
The Cougars trailed by 10 points with six minutes to go, but held Saskatchewan scoreless over the next four minutes and poured in eight straight points to make it a one-possession game. But they weren't able to get any closer to the Huskies, and Saskatchewan got a layup from Summer Masikewich to go up by four points with 38 seconds to go and then sealed the win with a key defensive stop on the next Regina possession.
Saskatchewan (4-4) moves back up to .500 for the season with the win. The Huskies were led in points by Sabine Dukate with 17, while rookie guard Libby Epoch scored 12 and led all players with four steals. Megan Ahlstrom and Megan Lindquist both added eight points for the U of S.
The Cougars, who entered the weekend ranked No. 2 in the nation, see their Canada West record fall to 6-2 with the loss. Kyanna Giles led the Cougars with her first Canada West double-double, scoring 14 points while adding a game-high 11 rebounds. Katie Polischuk hit three triples and finished with 13 points, while Sara Hubenig added nine.
Though the turnovers ended up in favour of Saskatchewan – Regina turned the ball over 25 times to Saskatchewan's 17 – the Huskies had a massive advantage in points scored off those miscues. Saskatchewan had 24 points off turnovers compared to just six for the Cougars, offsetting the 15-6 advantage the Cougars had in second-chance points.
The two teams will now have a month break from the conference schedule. Saskatchewan will host UBC on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7, while the Cougars will travel to Kelowna, B.C. for a pair of games against UBC Okanagan on the same dates.