The Cougars led by double digits for most of the second half until Calgary scored six consecutive points in the fourth quarter to get to within five with just over three minutes left. The Dinos kept it close and made it a one-possession game on an Emma Nieuwenhuizen three-pointer with a minute to go, but those turned out to be Calgary’s final points of the game and Kehlsie Crone sealed the win with five late free throws for the Cougars.
“I thought we were pretty solid defensively all weekend, especially rebounding the ball which was critical for us,” Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said. “We made some shots and free throws down the stretch when we needed to. It was nice to be able to get it done in two games so we can have tomorrow off, as do all the other teams heading into next weekend.”
Regina now moves on to the Canada West Final Four to be hosted next weekend by the University of Saskatchewan. The Cougars will face MacEwan in the opening game on Friday, while Alberta and the host Huskies will square off in the other semifinal game.
“MacEwan is a veteran team with very good post players and their starting five is as good as anyone’s in Canada West,” Taylor said. “They’re a well-coached team and a real tough matchup for us.”
Meanwhile the Cougar Mens team lost 86-73 to the Thompson Rivers Wolf Pack Saturday in Kamloops in Game 3 of the Best-of-3 Canada West Quarterfinal.
That concludes the season for Steve Burrows' Cougars, whose home playoff series win last weekend versus Winnipeg was the first home series for the program since 2008.
(Courtesy Braden Konschuh/Cougar Athletics)