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Thursday, November 8, 2012

THIS WEEK IN COUGAR ATHLETICS

Rams Football (CIS Ranking: No. 7) – The Rams defeated Saskatchewan by a 31-9 margin on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium in a Canada West semifinal game, thanks in large part to Landon Buch’s breakout performance. Buch had six catches for 130 yards and a touchdown – including a 63-yard major in the fourth quarter – and added a touchdown run and a fumble recovery. The victory punched their ticket to this weekend’s Hardy Cup against Calgary. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. MST at McMahon Stadium (TSN, 620 CKRM).

Cross Country (Men’s CIS Ranking: No. 5) – The Cougars will compete in the CIS Championships this Saturday in London. Leading the way for the men’s team is fifth-year harrier Kelly Wiebe, who’s finished first in all four meets this season – including the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, where he placed first out of 135 runners competing at the NCAA Div. I meet. The women’s team will be represented by two runners, including fourth-year runner Karissa LePage and second-year harrier Avery Westberg.

Men's Hockey – The Cougars (5-3-0) had last weekend off, but return to action on Friday and Saturday against the No. 1-ranked University of Saskatchewan. The Cougars and the Huskies meet on Friday night in Saskatoon and finish off the home-and-home on Saturday night in Regina at The Co-operators Centre (7 p.m.).

Women's Soccer – Participating in their first Canada West Final Four, the Cougars dropped a 2-0 decision to host Trinity Western on Friday afternoon and were edged 1-0 by UBC on Saturday in the third-place match. The Cougars, who enjoyed their best season in program history this year, are expected to return all but fifth-year defenders Kelsey Abstreiter and Sarah Novak to next season’s roster.

Women's Basketball (CIS Ranking: No. 3) – The Cougars (1-1) dropped one spot in the CIS Top Ten after opening the Canada West schedule with a weekend split with Saskatchewan. The U of R lost 70-65 in overtime at home on Thursday, but recovered for a 79-65 win on Saturday in Saskatoon. Brittany Read led the team in both scoring and rebounding, ending up with two-game totals of 37 points and 15 rebounds. The Cougars are back in action this weekend with a Thursday/Friday series at Winnipeg.

Men’s Basketball – The Cougars (1-1) kicked off the Canada West schedule with a 95-90 win over No. 5-ranked Saskatchewan on Thursday, but were defeated 89-74 by the Huskies on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Phoenix College transfer Frank Brown had a fine debut weekend for the U of R, scoring 28 points on Thursday and adding 27 on Saturday. The Cougars have a pair of key road games this Thursday and Friday against Prairie Division rival Winnipeg (0-2).

Women’s Volleyball – The Cougars (1-3) hosted the top-ranked team in the CIS over the weekend, as Trinity Western visited the CKHS on Friday and Saturday. The Spartans won both matches, claiming a straight-sets victory on Friday night and winning in four sets on Saturday. The Cougars will hit the road this weekend for the first time during the Canada West schedule, as they’ll square off with No. 3-ranked Alberta (2-2) on Friday and Saturday in Edmonton.

Men’s Volleyball – After losing in straight sets to Trinity Western on Friday, the Cougars (0-4) won the opening two sets against the No. 2-ranked Spartans on Friday. The young U of R squad couldn’t finish off what would have been a monumental upset, though, as Trinity Western won three consecutive sets to take a 3-2 win and clinch a weekend sweep over the Cougars. Next up for Regina is No. 5-ranked Alberta (2-2) on Friday and Saturday in Edmonton.

Men’s Wrestling – After a weekend off, the Cougars return to the mats with a busy trip to the Dakotas. First on the schedule is a Thursday dual at Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., then the team heads south to Mitchell, S.D. where the Cougars will meet Briar Cliff and Dakota Wesleyan in duals on Friday night. The team will wrestle in the Dakota Wesleyan Open on Saturday before returning to Regina on Sunday.

Women's Hockey – The Cougars (6-4-0) extended their winning string to four games with a 4-3 win over Saskatchewan at home on Friday, but had the streak snapped with a 2-0 loss to the Huskies in Saskatoon on Saturday. In fourth place in the Canada West standings with 12 points, the Cougars have a weekend off before returning to the conference schedule on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 against Alberta in Edmonton.

Women’s Wrestling – Lisa McKibben had the U of R’s best finish at the Hargobind Invitational last Friday in Burnaby, B.C., as the fourth-year wrestler placed third in the 72 kg division. First-year grappler Anna Schneider also placed in the standings, ending up in sixth at 51 kg. The Cougars will have this weekend and next weekend off before taking on Jamestown College in a home dual on Nov. 23 and participating in the Huskie Open in Saskatoon on Nov. 24.

(Courtesy U of R Athletics)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

! GO RAMS ! "GO COUGAR ATHLETICS" WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN 11 teams equals 11 victories.