University sports roundup – Nov. 4, 2010

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Cougars basketball teams dominate

Jonathan Hamelin
Sports Editor

Women’s basketball

The Cougars got off to a good start without the services of star centre Brittany Read last weekend.

Regina defeated the University of Brandon Bobcats 106-37 on Friday and topped the Bobcats 92-52 on Saturday in Canada West action. Both games were played at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport.

In the first victory, Gabrielle Gheyssen led the Cougars with 16 points and Joanna Zalesiak chipped in with 15. Regina’s Jennilea Coppola led all players with 16 rebounds. The next night, Vanessa Wesolowski led the Cougars with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Joanna Zalesiak had 16 points and a game-high seven assists for Regina.

The Cougars are tied for second in the conference at 2-0. They host the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns (2-2) on Friday and Saturday at the CKHS. The game on Friday is at 6:15 p.m. and the game on Saturday starts at 1:15 p.m.

Men’s basketball

Regina swept Brandon in a pair of Canada West home games at the CKHS last weekend.

Kris Heska led the way with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the first game on Friday, a 103-77 victory. Marek Downarowicz also had a strong showing for Regina, scoring 14 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds.

The next day, Regina pulled out a 76-75 victory over the Bobcats. Paul Gareau led the Cougars with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Matt Campbell had 11 points and eight rebounds for Regina.

At 2-0, Regina is tied for second in the conference. They host Lethbridge (1-3) on Friday and Saturday at the CKHS. The game on Friday starts at 8 p.m. and the game on Saturday is at 3 p.m.

Women’s hockey

The Cougars split a pair of Canada West road games against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds last weekend.

On Friday, UBC earned a 4-3 victory in a shootout. Paige Wheeler scored two goals for the Cougars, which also got a goal from Gina Campbell. Lisa Urban made 21 saves for Regina.

The Cougars rebounded on Saturday with a 4-3 overtime victory. Wheeler had the overtime winner for Regina, which also got goals from Kendra Finch, Rianne Wight, and Campbell. Urban made 25 saves.

Regina is tied for second in the conference. They host the University of Manitoba Bisons this weekend on Friday and Saturday at the Co-operators Centre. Both games start a 7 p.m.

Cross-Country

Kelly Wiebe’s streak has ended.

The Cougars runner finished second at the Stewart Cup in Calgary last weekend, the first time he hasn’t finished first all season. Wiebe finished the 10-kilometre course in 32 minutes 8 seconds. Iain Fyfe (third, 33:28), Matt Johnson (17th, 35:07), and Dale Wig (23rd, 35:25) were the other top finishers for the men’s team, which place second overall behind Calgary.

Lisa Benz, who finished 44th at 21:27, was the top women’s finisher.

The cross-country team is to compete at the CIS Championships in Sherbrooke, Que., on Nov. 11.

Soccer

The Cougars finished off their season with a pair of 1-0 Canada West road victories over the Bisons last weekend.

Further information was unavailable at source.

The Cougars, who finished with a record of 5-7-2, miss the playoffs this season. However, the team did break a franchise record for wins and came up one game short of their goal of six wins.
   
Women’s wrestling
   
The Cougars travel to the Clan International on Friday in B.C.

Both the men’s and women’s teams were supposed to compete in the University of Calgary open this past week, but the event was cancelled.

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