National Top 10 Tracker: Cougar/Vike Split Works in Neither Team’s Favour, Windsor Returns to Top Spot

Many theorists, including the Cougars themselves, believed a sweep of the Victoria Vikes the past weekend would move the green and white into the top spot in the CIS coaches’ poll. They couldn’t brush up a full sweep, but a lopsided split in their favour (Regina won by 23 on Friday night, then lost by ten on Saturday) still had many believing that the top spot could shift yet again; and it did, just not in Regina’s – or Victoria’s, for that matter – favour. Ultimately, the Windsor Lancers (after decisive 81-58 and 68-48 wins over Ottawa and Carleton, respectively) have regained the #1 position despite their surprising upset by Toronto last week.

The (yet again!) new Top 10 teams are:

Team                                         Previous Ranking
1) Windsor                                          (2)
2) Victoria                                           (1)
3) Regina                                             (3)
4) Saskatchewan                                  (5)
5) Western                                           (4)
6) UNB                                               (6)
7) Carleton                                          (8)
8) Toronto                                           (7)
9) Alberta                                           (10)
10) Cape Breton                                (NR)

(Courtesy CIS WEBSITE)

Here’s how the Top 10 fared this past weekend:

#1 Windsor Lancers:

The Lancers finished their weekend with convincing Ws over Ottawa and Carleton. On Friday night, the well-rounded scoring of Langlois, Clemençon, Kovacevic and Peklova (19, 18, 15 and 14, respectively) led Windsor to an 81-58 victory over Ottawa. For the Gee-Gees, Hannah Sunley-Paisley was held to a mere 9 points while Nolette led her team with 15. On Saturday, it was more of the same: Peklova (16), Kovacevic (15) and Jean (11) shared the double-digit scoring. On the Ravens' side, Hawkins and Cleary led their team with 12 and 10. The Lancers improve to 5-1 on the season.

Continuing on the (#7) Carleton Ravens note:

Despite star transfer Matteke Hutzler's 22 points and 10 rebounds, the Western Mustangs couldn't maintain their win streak and fell to 4-1 on the season after a nail-biting 2-point loss to the Carleton Ravens on Friday night. For the Mustangs, Jaclyn Selfe added 14 in the 65-67 loss, and Alyson Bush led with 20 Carleton points.

Moving on to #5 Western:

It turned out to be a winless weekend for Ottawa, as the Western Mustangs capitalized on a big defensive fourth quarter showing to move past the Gee Gees 58-35 Saturday night. Western held Ottawa to a mere five points in the final frame and a pitiful 2 for 26 shooting in the entire second half. Hutzler and Selfe led the Mustangs in scoring once again, adding twelve points each. Sunley-Paisley also scored 12 in a losing effort.

#2 Victoria and #3 Regina:

The Cougars' hopes for a top-spot sweep of the Victoria Vikes didn't quite pan out -- and neither did their hope for rankings -- despite a decisive 23-point win over the blue and gold on Friday night. The Cougars held the Vikes to a season-low 49 points, tallying 72 of their own in return. Gheyssen and Zalesiak totaled 16 and 15 respectively, while senior Kayla Dykstra totalled 13 in the loss. On Saturday, behind an enormous 31-point 4th quarter performance, the Vikes returned the favour (almost) with a 75-65 victory at home. Zalesiak, Ledingham and Graham all totalled 14 points, while Kayla Dykstra chalked up 23 with 8 rebounds to lead the Vikes to victory.

#4 Saskatchewan:

A huge double double (20 points, 10 rebounds) from senior transfer Katie Miyazaki led the Huskies to a 74-54 Friday night win over Winnipeg. The Huskies completed their sweep (decisively -- 90-62)on Saturday behind yet another 20-point performance, this time from senior PG Jill Humbert.

#6 UNB:

83-56 and 80-72 against UPEI. New Brunswick is 3-1 on the season.

#8 Toronto:

It was another split weekend for the Varsity Blues, with a 74-67 loss to Brock on Friday and a 80-65 win over Guelph the next night. Toronto is now 5-2 in league play.

#9 Alberta:

The Pandas tied Regina this weekend at 7-1 after a road sweep of the Trinity Western Spartans. 66-40 on Friday and 63-48 on Saturday.

#10 Cape Breton:

Weekend sweep of Acadia, 70-52 and 61-47. The Capers are 4-2 so far. 
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