The University of Regina’s women’s basketball team led from wire to wire in a 82-67 win over Victoria in Game 1 of a Canada West quarterfinal series at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Janine Guijt (pictured) was 6-for-10 from three-point range and led all players with a career-high 22 points off the bench for the Cougars, while Charlotte Kot (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Jennilea Coppola (10 points, 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles for the U of R.
Sarah Semeniuk and Jenny Lewis each had 19 points to lead Victoria.
The Cougars scored the first 10 points of the game and pulled away from the Vikes for good with a 16-0 run over a five-minute span in the second quarter. The U of R took a 46-21 lead into halftime and led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter. Victoria went on a 10-0 run over two minutes late in the fourth quarter, but the closest the visitors came was to within 14 points of the Cougars with just over a minute left on the clock.
Nicole Karstein had a team-high 10 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench for Victoria.
The Cougars shot 42% from the field and had a 52-48 advantage in rebounds while surrendering just 13 turnovers, their second-lowest total of the season. Victoria was 25-for-73 (34%) from the field in the loss.
The two teams will meet in Game 2 of the quarterfinal series on Saturday night at the CKHS (7:00). A win by the Cougars will send them to the Canada West Final Four two weekends from now, while a Victoria victory would force a third and deciding game to be played on Sunday.
NOTES: The Cougars now have six consecutive postseason victories over Victoria and are 7-3 all-time against the Vikes in the playoffs.