Huge second half lifts Cougars to win over Calgary

Huge second half lifts Cougars to win over Calgary

(By University of Regina Sports Information)

REGINA, Sask. – The University of Regina's women's basketball team used a huge second half to pull away from Calgary on Friday night for an 85-59 win over the Dinos at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.

Calgary took a 43-39 lead into halftime after both teams got the offence going in the opening two quarters, but the No. 2-ranked Cougars clamped down on the defensive side of the ball after the break. Regina didn't allow a Dinos field goal until almost eight minutes into the third, and opened the quarter with 11 consecutive points as part of a 17-2 run that gave the U of R the lead for good.

The Dinos briefly got back to within four after a pair of Anmol Mattu free throws early in the fourth, but the Cougars pulled away in a big way down the stretch. A layup by Brianna Ghali on Calgary's first possession in the fourth turned out to be the last field goal of the game for the Dinos, and the Cougars finished the game on a massive 24-2 run to seal their 13th win of the Canada West schedule.

"We had a great start, and then got a little loose defensively and Calgary punished us on our effort in the late first quarter and in the second," Cougars head coach Dave Taylor said. "We were more focused defensively in the second half, and we'll need to learn from this lesson tomorrow."

Regina's Katie Polischuk was 6-for-10 from three-point range and led all scorers with 25 points. Sara Hubenig and Kyanna Giles both chipped in with 14 points for the Cougars, who hit 12 of their 26 three-point attempts (46.2%) in the win. Giles was all over the scoresheet as the rookie guard also led the U of R in rebounds (7), assists (6), and steals (6).

Turnovers were the difference in the game with Calgary giving up the ball 22 times compared to just eight times for the Cougars, who ended up with a 29-2 advantage in points scored off turnovers.

Mattu finished as Calgary's leading scorer with 13 points, while Bobbi Jo Colburn had 12 points and Ghali scored 11. The Dinos drop to 8-7 on the season with the loss.

Regina, which improves its Canada West record to 13-2 after the win, will go for the weekend sweep over the Dinos on Saturday night at the CKHS. Game time is set for 6 p.m.