Vikes have date with Cougars in women’s basketball playoffs

The University of Victoria Vikes will have a familiar foe — one they split the regular-season series against — awaiting them this week in the Canada West women’s basketball playoff quarter-finals.

The Vikes are set to travel to the Prairies for the best-of-three series beginning Thursday night against the University of Regina Cougars. The series continues Friday and, if needed, Saturday.

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This is the sixth consecutive season UVic has advanced to the quarter-final stage of the playoffs.

The Vikes were 12-8 in the regular season and defeated the Fraser Valley Cascades 80-61 in the single-loss elimination first-round conference playoff game over the weekend at CARSA gym.

The Cougars were 17-3 in the regular season and received a first-round playoff bye. Regina is ranked No. 6 in the U Sports national top-10 poll.

The Cougars and unranked Vikes split their regular-season series 1-1 in January on Ken and Kathy Shields Court at CARSA gym. The Cougars demolished the Vikes 85-50 in the first game before UVic rallied for a last-basket 70-69 victory the next night.

The Vikes men’s basketball team, meanwhile, was eliminated from the Canada West playoffs over the weekend with the 95-68 first-round loss to the host University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

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