Games: Mar. 4, 5, & 6 (if necessary) – PAC – Saskatoon, SK
Watch Live: canadawest.tv
SASKATOON - The second ranked University of Saskatchewan Huskie women's basketball team starts its run back to the Canada West Championship game when they open their 2016 post-season schedule this weekend at the PAC against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
After finishing the regular season in first place in the Canada West Pioneer Division, the Huskies (18-2) enjoyed a bye during the play in round and will play on home court throughout the playoffs.
UBC (9-11, 2-0), the ninth seed in the conference bracket after finishing sixth in the Pioneer Division, swept the eighth seeded (2nd Explorer) Fraser Valley Cascades on the road in a best-of-three play in series last weekend. The T-Birds took Game 1 62-48 before winning Game 2 84-78 in overtime.
The best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series gets underway Friday, March 4 at 6:15 p.m. with Game 2 to follow on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. If necessary, a decisive Game 3 will be played at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. All matches will take place at the PAC in Saskatoon and can be watched live on canadawest.tv.
Saskatchewan enters the post-season coming off of back-to-back weekends against top ranked CIS teams. The Huskies split a weekend series at home with the No. 5 ranked Alberta Pandas before travelling to Regina to take on the No. 4 ranked Cougars. Saskatchewan's season finale win in Regina locked up the top seed for the Huskies.
UBC enters the weekend on a five game winning streak. Prior to their play in series win over the Cascades, the T-Birds closed the regular season with three straight wins.
UBC has already visited Saskatoon for a pair of games this season. The Huskies won 69-49 and 68-46 in late November at the PAC. The two schools met in the post-season on two separate occasions in 2014-15. UBC pulled out a one-point victory in a thrilling 69-68 Canada West Championship game in Vancouver. The T-Birds also sent Saskatchewan home empty handed from the 2015 CIS Championship handing the Huskies a 73-61 loss in the bronze medal game.
In other conference action, the Thompson Rivers travel to Alberta to take on the Pandas in the second quarter-final series this weekend. On the other side of the bracket the Regina Cougars host the Calgary Dinos and the first place finishers in the Explorer Division, the MacEwan Griffins, host the Victoria Vikes.
Stay tuned to huskies.usask.ca, @huskieathletics on twitter or use the hashtag #CWplayoffs16 to stay up to date throughout the weekend.