It took some time for the Regina Cougars Show to start, but when it did, girl, was it impressive
The Cougars beat the TRU WolfPack 84-64 in a Canada West women's basketball game Friday at the Tournament Capital Centre. The WolfPack is at home to the Brandon Bobcats tonight, 5 o'clock, at the TCC.
Regina came into the game with an impressive resume - a 5-1 record (now 6-1), a third-place ranking nationally and a five-game winning streak in which it hadn't won any game by fewer than 14 points.
And the Cougars were coming off an impressive sweep of the visiting Manitoba Bisons, in which Regina outscored its opponents 187-83 over two games. In the second game, seven Regina players scored more than 10 points each.
And so, when the WolfPack was within two points heading into the fourth quarter Friday, it had to be feeling great. But Regina's fantastic fourth quarter put an end to whatever upset thoughts were going through TRU's players' heads.
"We hung around," said WolfPack head coach Scott Reeves, "but if we're going to play with top-10 teams, we've got to be able to finish fourth quarters."
To watch the Cougars in that fourth quarter was a sight to see.
Danielle Schmidt got the party started with a three-pointer 46 seconds into the period, and then Regina piled it on. At one point, the Cougars scored 16 straight points, part of an 18-1 run.
It wasn't just that the Cougars were running, it was how they were doing it. Every time the ball went into TRU's defensive end, it ended up in the basket; whenever the ball was in Regina's end, it found its way into the hands of a Cougars defender.
"We kept telling the girls that if we get a defensive run we'd probably be OK," said Regina head coach Dave Taylor. "Sure enough, in the fourth quarter we held them to single-digits."
Jen Ju had 20 points to lead the WolfPack, with Diane Schuetze scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds - only the second time in seven games that she has failed to record a double-double. Tracy Kocs had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Jorri Duxbury had 11 points and six assists.
Schuetze and Duxbury ran into foul trouble early in the fourth quarter, which Reeves felt turned the tide.
"When Diane picked up that foul and Jorri picked up her fourth - in between there, we couldn't get subs in, they hit a few transition threes and we just lost our checks," Reeves said. "They had some easy put-backs, and five becomes 15 pretty quickly."
Michelle Clark had 23 points and five assists for the Cougars, Brittany Read scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Schmidt also had a double-double, with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The WolfPack (4-3) should have an easier time of things tonight, with Brandon (0-7) having struggled so far.
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The WolfPack men's basketball team improved to 3-4 after a 78-64 victory over the Cougars at the TCC on Friday.
TRU is at home to the Bobcats today, 7 p.m., at the TCC.
Four WolfPack players hit double-digits in points - Kevin Pribilsky led the way with 24, and Akeem Pierre and Will Ondrik each scored 12. Brett Rouault also had 11 points, and Ivan Bozinovic grabbed 10 rebounds.
Connor Burns scored 19 points and snatched 13 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Paul Gareau added 14 points, while Travis Sylvestre scored 10.
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It was another tough outing for the WolfPack women's volleyball team, which lost in three sets (25-18, 25-11, 25-21) to the Bisons in Winnipeg.
TRU is 0-10 on the season and has only two matches remaining before the Christmas break. The WolfPack is to play host to the Cougars on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Tournament Capital Centre.
Julia Niemczewska led TRU with seven kills, and Katarina Osadchuk had four kills and was in on four blocks. Katie Woo dished 14 assists, and Kristen Giesbrecht had nine digs.
Taylor Pischke had 15 kills for Manitoba, and Rachel Cockrell had 12.
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One night after upsetting the No. 3-ranked team in Canada, the WolfPack men's volleyball team lost in three sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-19) to the host Bisons on Friday.
TRU, which had beaten Manitoba in five sets on Thursday, will take on the visiting Cougars on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Philip Ozari had 15 kills in a losing effort, and Brad Gunter had eight. Colin Carson had 30 set assists.
Evan Schmidt led Manitoba with 14 kills.