The University of Regina’s women’s basketball team put the finishing touches on a two-game sweep over Victoria in the Canada West quarterfinals with an 82-68 win over the Vikes on Saturday night at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
Madi Docherty led the Cougars in scoring for the second time in the last three games, tying her career high with 22 points and adding eight assists and six rebounds in the win. Jennilea Coppola added 13 points, while Charlotte Kot had 12 points and nine rebounds and Kehlsie Crone chipped in with 10 points.
The Cougars become the first team to move onto the Canada West Final Four, which will be hosted by the University of Alberta two weeks from now if the Pandas are able to win their quarterfinal series against Thompson Rivers next weekend.
Sarah Semeniuk led Victoria with 14 points. Jenna Bugiardini (12 points) and Nicole Karstein (11) also hit double figures in scoring for the Vikes.
The Vikes took their first lead of the weekend in the opening minutes of the game after buckets by Bugiardini and Semeniuk, but the Cougars answered back with a Coppola jumped and a triple by Crone to take a lead they would hold on to for the remainder of the contest. The Cougars led by four after the opening quarter and went on a 9-1 run over three and a half minutes in the second to build up a double-digit lead, but the Vikes got the deficit back down to six at the break.
The Cougars never led by less than seven in the third quarter, and a 10-2 run that spanned three minutes over the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth pushed the lead up to 15.
NOTES: The Cougars will participate in their seventh consecutive Canada West Final Four … the U of R has now defeated Victoria in seven straight postseason games and are 8-3 against the Vikes in the 11 all-time postseason meetings between the two teams.