FREDERICTON – Ryerson’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of Regina Cougars Thursday night 73-70 in game 1 of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships.
It is the first time the Rams have reached this stage in the nationals.
“This year has just been one year to remember,” said Keneca Pingue-Giles, who was named CIS player of the year Wednesday night. “We’re on the championship side of the bracket now. I think last year’s experience at the Final 8 really made a difference today because…we have a core group of girls who have been there and they know what to expect. They know the level you have to bring.”
Pingue-Giles racked up 29 points in the win and was named player of the game for the Rams. She netted six 3-point shots.
Charlotte Kot was player of the game for Regina.
The Rams’ head coach Carly Clarke said their success was due to “sticking to who we are.”
“What makes us tough is that we’ve got a lot of different weapons. When they tried to overplay one player (or) one action, we found a counter to it and someone else stepped up. That was great to see through our composure.”
With the win, the Rams move to the semifinals against first-seed McGill University at 1:30 p.m. EST on Saturday. If they win that game, Ryerson will advance to the CIS championship game on Sunday.
“McGill’s No.1 so we’ve got to learn a lot about them in the next day and a half,” Clarke said.
Watch Pingue-Giles post-game interview and review action and colour from the quarter-final game here in our live blog.