BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
A late-game surge wasn't enough for the Winnipeg Wesmen to come out on top in a clash of two of the hottest teams in Canada West.
The Wesmen women's basketball team outscored the Regina Cougars 25-14 in the fourth quarter, but dropped a 70-59 decision Friday night in Regina. The loss snapped a 10-game win streak for the Wesmen, while the No. 3-ranked Cougars (16-1) won their 11th straight.
Antoinette Miller struggled early on but finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, while playing the full 40 minutes.
Robyn Boulanger hit four of eight three-point attempts and had 12 points off the bench for the Wesmen (12-5).
Winnipeg was outrebounded 49-39 and shot 18-for-57 (31.6 per cent) from the field.
The Wesmen were in an early hole after Regina jumped out to a 23-10 lead after the first quarter thanks in large part to a 13-3 run to start the game. The Cougars led by as many as 21 in the first half, and went into halftime up 41-23.
After starting hot, making 47 per cent of its shots in the first half, Regina was held to 28.9% shooting in the second half and finished the game making 37.1 per cent of its shots.
Charlotte Kot led three Cougars scorers in double figures with 20 points. Kyanna Giles had 18, and Michaela Kleisinger added 11.
The two teams meet again Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Wesmen have already secured a playoff position, but are still seeking a spot in the top four and a first-round hosting berth. They went into Friday action in a tie with Victoria for the last of those positions.