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What U Need to Know: Women's USports BBall (Feb 13-20)

It’s been another week in the books in the USports Women’s Basketball world with everything from energizing wins to blowout losses. The teams are prepping themselves for playoffs just around the corner in a week or two depending on the conference so let’s take a look at the Top 10 teams in the country and their roads ahead to next week!


#1 in the Nation: Carleton Ravens


The Ravens find themselves in the 1st spot in the country for the 2nd week in a row following some dominant showings this weekend. Last Friday, the Ravens hosted the UofT Varsity Blues which resulted in a 93-39 Ravens victory. The Ravens went on to complete the 2nd part of the Toronto doubleheader hosting the TMU Bold last Saturday. The Ravens once again ended up victorious, this time by a score of 92-61 behind 21 points from Oceane Kounkou. The Ravens will play their last 2 games of the regular season this weekend starting on the road Friday, February 16th at 6 PM EST. The Ravens will then Travel to Kingston on Saturday, February 17th at 6 PM EST to take on the #3 ranked Queens in what will be a meeting of two top teams in all of USports Women’s Basketball and could very well be a playoff preview for the future.


#2 in the Nation: University of Saskatchewan Huskies


The Huskies find themselves at 2nd in the country for the 2nd week in a row as well. The Huskies were able to respond last weekend vs UNBC following their first loss of the season two weeks ago to the Regina Cougars. Last Friday, the Huskies took down the Timberwolves 98-42 behind 27 points and 9 rebounds from Téa DeMong. The Huskies again were able to take care of business against the Timberwolves the following day, winning by a score of 95-32. The Huskies have finished their regular season and await the release of the Canada West Playoff schedule to see their next matchup.


#3 in the Nation: Queen’s Gaels


The Gaels are once again ranked 3rd in the country, as they have been for what feels like most of the season at this point. The Gaels dismantled the Lakehead Thunderwolves last Friday 82-27 behind 19 points and 13 rebounds from Julia Chadwick. The Gaels will be tested a little more this weekend, as they’ll take on the Ottawa gauntlet starting with the previously #10 ranked UOttawa Gee-Gees coming to Kingston on Friday, February 16th with tip-off scheduled for 6 PM EST. The Gaels will then host the #1 ranked Carleton Ravens in the last game of both team's respective seasons. This will be a match between the two best teams in the OUA and arguably the country, with a possibility of the #1 ranking in the country in the final rankings before playoffs very much on the line. This game will be a must-watch and is available to stream on Saturday, February 17th at 6 PM EST on OUA.TV.


#4 in the Nation: Laval Rouge et Or


Laval finds themselves moving up 1 spot to 4th in the country following a sweep of McGill last week. Laval first beat the Martlets last Thursday by a score of 59-43. Laval was able to beat the Martlets again last Saturday, this time by a score of 70-44. Laval will only lace them up once this weekend, as they’ll host Bishops University on Friday, February 16th at 6 PM EST where the Rouge et Or will be looking to build on their momentum from last week and attempt to move even further up the Top 10 ranks.


#5 in the Nation: University of Calgary Dinos


The UCalgary Dinos find themselves moving down 1 spot to 5th in the country following a split weekend in Vancouver. The Dinos traveled west to take on the UBC Thunderbirds with their first matchup coming last Friday, which saw the Thunderbirds emerge victorious 66-59. The Dinos were much better prepped for the rematch however, as they secured an 83-67 victory behind 15 points and 8 assists from Myriam Kone. The UCalgary Dinos have now completed their regular season and await the release of the Canada West Playoff schedule to see when their next game will be.


#6 in the Nation: Saint Mary’s University Huskies


The Huskies find themselves holding the 6th spot in the rankings for the 2nd straight week following a sweep of the Acadia Axewomen. The Huskies and Axewomen first matched up last Thursday with the Huskies winning 76-63. These two teams then met again on Saturday, with the Huskies holding on to an 81-79 victory in which the SMU starts combined for 66 of their 81 points. The Huskies will be back in action this weekend, with their first game on the road versus the Memorial Seahawks being on Friday, February 16th at 4:30 PM EST. Game 2 of the doubleheader versus the Seahawks will take place on Saturday, February 17th at 4:30 PM EST.


#7 in the Nation: University of Alberta Pandas


The Alberta Pandas maintain their 7th spot in the rankings after making easy work of Lethbridge this past weekend. The Pandas first faced the Horns last Friday, a game in which the Pandas won 62-38. These two teams then faced off again the following day, with Alberta once again claiming victory, this time by a score of 76-56 behind 30 points from Jenna Harpe. The Pandas have now completed their regular season and await the release of the Canada West Playoff schedule to see their road in those very same playoffs.


#8 in the Nation: University of the Fraser Valley Cascades


The UFV Cascades are once again ranked 8th in the nation. The Cascades made quick work of Trinity Western last Friday defeating the Spartans 66-46. The Cascades defeated the Spartans again the following night, this time by a score of 63-50. Maddy Gobeil dropped a combined 40 points over the two-game homestand for the Cascades, who have now completed their regular season and await the release of the Canada West Playoff schedule and seeding to see what the future of their Canada West and USports National Championship dreams hold.


#9 in the Nation: University of Regina Cougars


The Cougars find themselves as the 9th-ranked team in the country following last weekend's doubleheader against the Winnipeg Wesmen. Regina and Winnipeg first matched up last Friday, in a game that saw the Cougars emerge victorious 82-72 behind 18 points and 10 rebounds from Jade Belmore. The next game of the doubleheader was played the following night where the Cougars were once again victorious, this time by a score of 63-55. The Cougars have now completed their regular season and await the release of the Canada West Playoff schedule to see what their next path will be for basketball glory.


#10 in the Nation: University of New Brunswick Reds


The UNB Reds currently hold the 10th ranking in the country but may not for much longer given the past week they’ve had. The Reds lost at home last Friday 76-72 to a 6-10 STFX team that has underachieved this year. UNB was able to bounce back the following night defeating that same STFX team 74-45 to what they thought might end their mini slide. Unfortunately, that was not the case as UNB played Acadia this past Wednesday at Acadia, and lost that match 83-76. The Reds have lost 3 of their last 4 and seem to be slowing down at the worst time with one more makeup game scheduled before playoffs. The Reds will hope to get back on track during their last regular season game, which will be a home battle against that same Acadia team this Saturday, February 17th at 12 PM EST.

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