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WBB | Wesmen will play for conference championship after dominating Cougars

Kyanna Giles drives to the hoop for a layup during a Canada West conference women's basketball semifinal Friday, March 18, 2022 in Saskatoon, Sask. (Getmyphoto.ca)
Kyanna Giles drives to the hoop for a layup during a Canada West conference women's basketball semifinal Friday, March 18, 2022 in Saskatoon, Sask. (Getmyphoto.ca)

SASKATOON — The Winnipeg Wesmen will play for their first Canada West conference championship after a dominant victory Friday night.

Kyanna Giles had 30 points, Keylyn Filewich added 24 and the Wesmen women's basketball team rolled to a 91-77 win over the Regina Cougars in a conference semifinal that officially booked the team's ticket to the national tournament that starts later this month. 

In the meantime, though, the Wesmen have a conference championship to play for as they seek their first Canada West title since UWinnipeg became a member in 1999. They will take on the host Saskatchewan Huskies in a 9 p.m. CT tip that can be seen live on Canada West TV presented by Co-Op. 

The Wesmen and Huskies split their four meetings this season, including a win each in Saskatoon Jan. 28-29. 

Trailing 23-21 after the first quarter, the Wesmen swung things dramatically with a dominant defensive effort in the second quarter, outscoring the Cougars 26-10 and holding them to 3-for-12 shooting. Filewich, who also had eight rebounds, had 10 of her points in the second quarter alone as the Wesmen opened the frame on a 9-0 run and held the Cougars without a field goal for the first 4:04.

Giles added eight rebounds and four steals, and Robyn Boulanger had 15 points going 4-for-7 from three.

Faith Hezekiah had nine points and seven rebounds while taking just six shots, her fewest field-goal attempts since she took six in a win over MacEwan, Jan. 28, 2017. 

The Wesmen qualified for the national tournament in Kingston, Ont., March 31-April 3. It marks the first time the team has outright qualified for nationals since 2002-03 when the Wesmen took home both national and Canada West silver. The Wesmen were in the nationals in 2003-04 and 2004-05 as hosts. 

Cara Misskey had 25 points to lead the Cougars, who lost all five meetings with the Wesmen this season. Conference rookie of the year Jade Bellmore added 11 points and nine rebounds for Regina, which will play Lethbridge in a bronze-medal game Saturday. 

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