October 22nd, 2020

Playoff race begins for U of L basketball

By Jensen, Randy on January 3, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s basketball team returns to the second half of the Canada West season looking to get back above .500 and snap a four-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Horns men look to break a three-game skid and remain in the playoff hunt.

That starts tonight at the 1st Choice Savings Centre as the Pronghorns welcome to the Regina Cougars with the women’s game at 6 p.m. and the men to follow at 8 p.m.

The Pronghorns women come into tonight’s game after wrapping up the first semester with a pair of losses to the UBC Thunderbirds that puts them at 5-5 and in a tie for eighth place in the Canada West with the Thompson River WolfPack. They are also tied with the University of Fraser Valley Cascades (5-3), who have two games in hand.

Senior guard Kacie Bosch leads the Horns in scoring with 13.8 points per game as well as 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game. She also leads the team in steals with 2.7 per game.

Fifth-year forward Katie Keith is tied for the Canada West lead in rebounds with 10.1 rebounds per game and posted three double-doubles during the first semester of conference play.

The Pronghorns are ninth in the Canada West in both offence and defence.

They’re averaging 65.2 points per game an giving up 66.7 points.

The Pronghorns are also fourth in steals 10.8 per game and sixth in field goal percentage (39 per cent).

Lethbridge is two points behind the Winnipeg Wesmen (6-4) and the Victoria Vikes (6-2).

The Cougars head into the weekend also on a four-game losing streak that has them at 3-7.

They are led by Emily Dewey with 13.3 points per game, while senior guard Michaela Kleisinger sits second with 12.1 points per contest.

On the men’s side, the Pronghorns come into the weekend tied with the Cascades and Mount Royal Cougars, both 3-5.

The team got in some holiday action south of the border at the Cactus Classic in Arizona and finished with a 1-2 record, beating Ottawa University 95-83 in the final game of the trip.

After the first semester the Horns’ 85.5 points-per-game have them ranked eighth in the conference, but the team is 14th defensively with an average of 93.7 points surrendered per game.

However, the Pronghorns are second in the Canada West free throw attempts (24.9 per game) and free throws made (71.1 per cent).

Five Pronghorns are averaging double digits in points per game this season.

Third-year forward Chad Oviatt leads the Pronghorns with 14.8 points per game, while Colton Gibb is averaging 12.9 points and Kyle Peterson is third with 11.3 points per game.

Peterson is also second in Canada West in assists per game with 5.8 and has moved up to fourth on the Pronghorns all-time assist list with 273.

The Cougars enter the second half of the season at 4-6.

They are led by Carter Millar with 17.7 points per game. He also sits fourth in conference rebounding averaging 11 rebounds per game.

The Cougars, UNBC Thunderbirds (4-4) and Winnipeg Wesmen (4-6) all sit two points ahead of the Pronghorns heading into the weekend.

Game time Saturday is 5 p.m. for the women and 7 p.m. for the men.

Both games will also be streamed on http://www.canadawest.tv, presented by Co-op.

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