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Huskies basketball: Mid-season brief

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Huskies basketball is well into the season, and as such, we can get a look at their performance. The women’s team is successful as always, and while by contrast, the men’s team isn’t performing as well, they have their own successes of which to be proud.

The women’s team has not lost a game since November, and since then, they have not allowed their opponents more than 60 points in a game in their currently eight-game-long winning streak. In fact, the team has only lost twice in their season and has a record of 12-2.

The stellar record of the women’s Huskies team has them sitting atop Canada West just above their closest competition, the University of Calgary Dinos, who are one game behind with their record of 11-3. While the season is still young enough that no team has clinched a playoff spot just yet, the
Huskies are well on their way.

U of S Huskies guard Sabine Dukate dribbles the basketball as Huskies forward Kyla Shand sets up a screen during the third quarter of the U Sports Canada West action at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon on Nov. 3, 2018.

A chance in the playoffs for the women’s Huskies could give them the opportunity for redemption after dropping the U Sports final to the Carleton University Ravens last year. But as playoffs don’t begin until next month and a champion won’t be crowned until March, the Huskies will have a long road ahead of them before reaching success.

Looking at the men’s team, however, is a different story. Struggling a bit more with their season in comparison to their counterparts, the men’s team sits at a 50 per cent, or 7-7, record. On a losing streak three games long, the team is looking to gain some steam for the remainder of their season in order to catch up to their competition in Canada West.

Men’s basketball in Canada West is currently being dominated by the U of C Dinos and their undefeated 14-0 record — which has allowed them to clinch a playoff spot earlier in the season than any of their competition. The Huskies, on the other hand, are currently placed eighth in the Canada West
standings.

U of S guard Noah Nickel dribbles the basketball during the first quarter of the U Sports Canada West action at the Physical Activity Complex in Saskatoon on Nov. 3, 2018.

Last season saw its end for the men’s team with a loss in the quarter finals to the Dinos — who went on from defeating the Huskies to win the national title last year. In a conference full of competition of similar calibre and with the Dinos themselves likely hungry for another national title, the Huskies are going to have a rough road ahead of them while attempting to pull up their record.

The men’s first chance to break their losing streak will come on Jan. 18 against the Mount Royal University Cougars — a team sitting two slots below the Huskies at tenth with a record of 6-8. That same weekend, the women will be looking to continue their winning streak against the sixteenth-ranked Cougars — who have an inverse record to the Huskies at 2-12.

Jack Thompson / Sports & Health Editor

Photos: Heywood Yu

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