• Friday, January 12, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Edmonton, Alberta - Saville Community Sport Centre
  • Box Score
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Pandas leading scorer: Jenna Harpe with 13 points

Alberta hosts Regina on 'Shoot for the Cure' weekend

Bears and Pandas host Regina Cougars in Breast Cancer Fundraising weekend

By Paul Cartledge on January 10, 2018

In their only two-night weekend series of 2018 at home, the University of Alberta Pandas and No.3 Golden Bears host the University of Regina Cougars at Saville Community Sports Centre. 

The 6-6 Pandas will square off against 11-1 Regina at 6:00 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 12) and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 13) while the 11-1 Bears and 8-4 Cougars respectively duel at 8:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
Shoot for the Cure

The Alberta Pandas basketball team will be raising money for cancer research, as they host the annual U SPORTS ‘Shoot for the Cure’ campaign this Friday night. 

The Shoot for the Cure campaign has proven to be an overwhelming success since it was launched in the fall of 2007, with over $1,000,000 in donations to date. This season, for the seventh year in a row, all 47 U SPORTS women’s basketball schools are set to participate in the program.

This Friday, the Pandas will do their part to support the campaign by working with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds to support cancer research.
RPI Rankings

With 17 teams in the conference come an unbalanced schedule and a need to account for opponent strength. Enter the RPI to help, the Pandas taking advantage of its complexities to rank sixth in the Canada West standings, despite a 6-6 record and the worst home record of the top 12 teams ranked by wins.

One of the better road records keeps Alberta in the playoff hunt while they rediscover their home success, the Pandas starting by breaking their five-game losing streak at home last weekend with a 70-68 win over Calgary. They’ll need to keep going strong as they face a Regina squad with a six-game winning streak while also sporting a 5-1 road record.

With the second-best home record at 6-1, the Bears are poised to wreak havoc over a struggling Cougars team, losing three of their last four and owning a 3-3 road result. On top of that, the RPI rankings have Regina sitting higher in the standings by only a 0.02% margin. 

Team Stat Leaders

The visiting women’s team ranks first in conference scoring (85.0 points per game) and rebounds (45.3) while also ranking second in defence (57.3 points allowed per game).

The Bears lead Canada West on defence, earning the lowest scoring average (66.7 points per game) as well as the smallest opponent rebound average (32.6).

Veteran Legacies

In their last season, Alberta’s Mamadou Gueye and Regina’s Brandon Tull aim to add their names to the conference record book.

Already cracking the top 30 in career conference points and top 20 in free throws, Gueye closes in on the top lists in field goals and rebounds.

Among the top 20 in career conference steals, Tull looks to make the top 50 in points as well the top lists in field goals and free throws.