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Thursday, February 22, 2018


REGINA, Sask. – It wasn’t pretty at times, but the University of Regina’s women’s basketball team held on for a 61-58 victory over the Calgary Dinos on Thursday night as the two teams opened up a best-of-three Canada West semifinal series at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

The Cougars looked to be reasonably in control after a Kyia Giles layup put them up 11 midway through the fourth quarter, but a baseline jumper by Michaela Kleisinger turned out to be the only points Regina scored in the final five minutes of the game. Calgary chipped away at the lead and Liene Stalidzane’s three-pointer made it a one-possession contest with under two minutes to go, but that turned out to be the game’s final basket.

“That was a playoff basketball game out there and I’m obviously happy we were able to grind out a win,” Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said. “We haven’t had a lot of those type of games and at times we didn’t handle it very well, and we’ll need to focus on doing a better job of closing out wins moving forward.”

Charlotte Kot only played six first-half minutes after picking up a pair of early fouls, but ended up leading Regina with 12 points and tying for the team lead with seven rebounds. Kyia Giles added 11 points for the Cougars, while Carolina Goncalves and Sara Hubenig both chalked up nine points.

The two teams will meet again on Friday night. The Cougars will look to close out the series and advance to a Canada West championship final which they’d host next weekend on home court, while Calgary will look to extend it to a third and deciding game on Saturday.

(Braden Konschuh/Cougar Athletics)