Canada West Best-of-Three Semifinal
Date February 22, 23 and 24 (if needed)
Time 7 p.m.
Location Saskatoon, SK
Venue Ron & Jane Graham Court at the PAC
Series ('00) SSK Leads 17-4
Home SSK leads 10-1
Last Meeting January 20, 2018
TWU 64 @ SSK 82
The Huskies look to defend back-to-back titles from 2015-16 and 2016-17. They advanced after a 2-1 series win over Winnipeg Wesmen.
The Spartans come to Saskatoon via a 2-0 quarter-final series win against Alberta. The Spartans averaged 66.0 points against the Pandas.
The winner of this series will move on to the Canada West Final against either the Regina Cougars or Calgary Dinos. The winner also secures a spot in the U SPORTS Final 8 hosted by Regina.
The sure-handed Huskies averaged only 9.7 turnovers per game. They also controlled the glass, averaging an 8.3 rebounds vs Winnipeg.
The Huskie offence has launched a conference-high 31.3 three-point attempts per game, converting 9.7 of them – second highest in the conference.
By The Numbers
10 - Sabine Dukate made 10 three-pointers in the two-game regular season series vs TWU (43 points total).
16 - Lead changes in the regular season series (15 in game one, one in game two).
58.5 - Average points allowed by the Spartans in the quarter-finals, second-lowest in the conference.
86 - Playoff PPG by the Huskies, second-highest in the conference.
Scouting The Trinity Western Spartans
In their quarter-final series against Alberta, the Spartans shot 40% on 15 attempts from the beyond the arc. The 40% clip is second-highest after the quarter-final round, while 15 attemts is the second-lowest.
Kayla Gordon leads the Spartan offense, averaging 18.5 PPG in the playoffs. The fifth year-guard shot an average of 12 shots per game, converting 54.2% - a top ten mark in the conference.
The Spartans 44% playoff field goal percentage is fourth-highest in the conference, thanks in part to 18.0 assists per game which is second-highest in the conference. Defensively, they hold the third-highest rebound margin at 3.0, while limiting opponents to a 35.6 field-goal percentage – second lowest in the conference.