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Epoch, Huskies win Canada West women's basketball title

U of S takes 53-49 victory over Macaela Crone and University of Regina

Libby Epoch and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies have won the Canada West women’s basketball championship.

The Huskies had 23 points from Sabine Dukate to go along with 18 points and 14 rebounds from Summer Masikewich as they took a 53-49 victory over the University of Regina Cougars in the championship final Friday in Saskatoon.

Epoch was held off the scoresheet in the final, going 0-for-4 shooting with three rebounds.

Epoch’s fellow former Peacock Toilers standout Macaela Crone had six points on 3-for-11 shooting to go along with four defensive rebounds six rebounds total for Regina.

Saskatchewan led 21-20 at the half and trailed 35-34 through three quarters.

The Huskies now advance to the USports championship tournament, running Mar. 8-11 at Ryerson.

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It wouldn’t be a Canada West men’s hockey playoff tournament if the U of S Huskies and University of Alberta Golden Bears didn’t end up in an epic battle somewhere down the line, with the 2019 championship final series offering the latest edition in that war.

Former Warriors defenceman Jesse Forsberg and the Huskies struck first with a 4-2 win in Game 1 on Friday before former Tribe goaltender Zach Sawchenko and the Golden Bears won Game 2 3-0.

Forsberg had two assists for Saskatchewan in the first game of the series while Sawchenko made 21 saves for the Bears. It was Sawchenko’s turn to shine in Game 2, as he turned aside all 20 shots he faced for the shutout. Forsberg was held without a point.

Game 3 of the series takes place Sunday night in Saskatoon.