WINNIPEG – After one of their best seasons since their magical mid-90’s run, the Winnipeg Wesmen women’s basketball team has advanced to their first Final Four since 2007.
Facing possible elimination in a winner-take-all game three against Victoria, the Wesmen ran away with a 92-65 win in front of a rowdy crowd at the Duckworth Centre.
Antoinette Miller led the way with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Fifth-year players Megan Noonan, Kerri Kuzbyt and Taylor Thorkelsson each received an ovation from the crowd as they were taken off in the last home game of their careers.
Next up will be the Regina Cougars on Friday, who Winnipeg split a home series with in early February. Saskatchewan takes on Alberta in the other semifinal with the winners meeting for the Canada West title. Each finalist will also automatically qualify for nationals.
Wrestling: Higgins Finishes Career With Third Straight Gold
WINNIPEG – Just getting to wrestle in front of a huge home crowd would have been a great career cap for Finn Higgins.
But Higgins did one better, giving them tons to cheer about as he won his third straight national gold medal, defeating an opponent from Regina in the 100 kg final.
The senior from Oklahoma City provided the lone bright spot for the host school in the U Sports championship, as the Brock Badgers won both the men’s and women’s team titles for the fourth straight year.
Hockey: Season Ends For Bisons Women
EDMONTON – After a fantastic season, the Manitoba Bisons women’s hockey team has been eliminated from the Canada West playoffs.
The Bisons dropped a 3-2 decision to Alberta Saturday. The Pandas take the semifinal series 2-0.
Despite being the higher-ranked team nationally, the Bisons had issues with Alberta all season. Manitoba went 0-5-1 against the Pandas and 21-4-1 against the rest of the Canada West.
Volleyball: Bison Men Lock Up Top Spot In Canada West
LANGLEY, BC – You never want to end the season on a losing streak, but there is a silver lining for the Manitoba Bisons men’s volleyball team.
The number one team in Canada lost their second straight to the third-ranked Trinity Western Spartans Saturday, but because they captured one set in the loss, they hold the tiebreaker over the Spartans, locking up the number one seed in the Canada West playoffs.
That means they go straight through to the Final Four, which they’ll get the pleasure of hosting March 10-11.
The Winnipeg Wesmen men’s team just barely snuck into the playoffs, blowing a two-set lead in a loss to Mount Royal.
Both teams finish 13-11, as did Saskatchewan, but the Huskies fall on the wrong end of the tiebreaker. Winnipeg will now have to travel to face Trinity Western in the first round.
The women’s teams at both schools had their seasons ended on losing notes. The Bisons lost in straight sets at Trinity Western, whose women’s team is also ranked third in the country. Manitoba finishes with a 6-18 record. The Wesmen lost in straight sets to Mount Royal, fishing the season 2-22.