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Women's Basketball Championship Weekend

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The Women's Cougar Basketball Alumni group kicked off the 2018 U Sports Women's National Basketball Championship with an alumni-only social on Thursday, March 8.

“It was an opportunity for the University to tell the alumni community what’s happening, and it was a chance for alumni who hadn’t seen each other for many, many years to meet again,” says Phoebe De Ciman (BA ’03, BA Hon ’05), who was part of the Cougars team that won the national championship in 2001 and has been very active in the Alumni Association.

“There were alumni coming in from as far away as Texas and British Columbia, so it was an opportunity to re-unite and have a wonderful time with folks who had been gone for awhilea while. It gave everyone a chance to engage again with the University of Regina,” De Ciman adds.

Cougars as far back as 1969 took in the event, and Christine Stapleton, coach of the national champion Cougars from the 2000-2001 season was also there.

The alumni-only social event, which attracted 165 alumni and family members, was held at The Owl from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. before the Cougar’s opening game. President Timmons was on hand and said a few words. The co-chairs for the tournament spoke as well.

All games were held on the main court at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport (CKHS).

The Cougars won the bronze medal, beating McGill 66-63. The Carleton Ravens won their first national title, beating the U of S Huskies 69-48 in the gold medal game.

The Cougars have been one of the top teams in Canada West in recent years, claiming the league title in 2012-13 and again in 2017-18, appearing in a total of 19 National Championships throughout the program's history, 8 of which have been in the last 11 years.