Host Cougars win bronze at USPORTS Women’s Basketball Final 8 championship tournament

By Dale Johnson Posted: March 12, 2018 12:15 p.m.

Fifth-year veteran Charlotte Kot led the Cougars with 30 points in a 66-63 victory over McGill.
Fifth-year veteran Charlotte Kot led the Cougars with 30 points in a 66-63 victory over McGill. Photo courtesy of Arthur Images

The University of Regina Cougars finished in the medals at the 2018 USPORTS Women’s Basketball Final 8, beating McGill 66-63 in the bronze medal game in front of a packed crowd of about 2,400 at the main gym at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport (CKHS).

It’s the first national medal for the Cougars since 2013 when they picked up a silver medal.

The Carleton Ravens won their first national title, beating the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 69-48 in the gold medal game.

Charlotte Kot led the Cougars with a career-high 30 points, becoming the first Cougar since Lindsay Ledingham in 2011 to hit the 30-point plateau.

“I’m happy for her,” Cougars head coach Dave Taylor told USPORTS. “She’s meant so much to our program and I’m thrilled to have her go out like that.”

“We’re always competitors – we talked about wanting to finish the season on our home floor with a win, and I’m glad we did,” Taylor added.

The Cougars have been one of the top teams in Canada West in recent years, appearing in a total of 19 National Championships throughout the program's history, 8 of which have been in the last 11 years.

This was the third time in ten years the Cougars have hosted the national championship tournament.

The Cougars finished first in the West with 18 wins and two losses. They defeated the U of S Huskies to win the Canada West Championship – the third time the Cougars have captured the West title.