Huskies win Canada West championship in front of electric crowd

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies crowned their 5th Canada West championship in six seasons at home. (Dallas Dahlseide/650 CKOM)

The historic race continues.

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies won their 5th Canada West championship in just six years in front of a packed house Saturday night.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Huskies sank a gutsy Winnipeg Wesmen team 69-58 to cap another incredible season.

Huskies head coach Lisa Thomaidis says it’s hard to say how proud she is of this team and what it’s been able to accomplish.

“I can’t say enough about this band. Win three championships in a row, five of the last six, and with this group (of) 5th year, that’s 4 Can West championships in five years. It’s just unheard of,” Thomaidis said.

After trading baskets in the first three quarters, the Huskies managed to put the game aside in the 4th quarter with some key saves and huge baskets as well.

“It was our defense that allowed us to win tonight. I thought Tea DeMong made the difference, we had Summer (Masikewich) who made huge hoops at the end.

DeMong was magnificent off the bench going 7-7 from the field finishing with 15 points, while Masikewich contributed 11 points on the offensive end.

It was Carly Ahlstrom who led the way offensively with 22 points on 7-12 shooting.

For Coach Thomaidis, victory will never get old.

“These championships are so hard to get. When I started, I never dreamed that we would win a Can West championship, so to be where we are is just surreal to me.

Fifth-year players Masikewich and Libby Epoch couldn’t have been happier to pick up the win in their final home game.

“It’s hard to put into words, it’s just such a special feeling. I love being a Huskie and I’m very happy right now,” Masikewich said.

Epoch credited Coach Thomaidis for instilling the will and thirst to win into this program.

“She’s invested in the game, she’s invested in us as people and I think that goes a long way in creating strong women. We’re so lucky to have her, she’s the reason I came here and couldn’t be happier with my five years under him.

Going forward, the Huskies will prepare to defend their national championship in the USports Final 8 to be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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