Kodiaks WBB comeback falls short

Kodiaks WBB comeback falls short

Recap written with files from Medicine Hat College Sports Information 

Jan. 9, 2019 – A furious second half comeback attempt fell short for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s basketball team on Thursday night, as the team couldn’t overcome a slow start in a tight 53-51 loss to the host Medicine Hat College Rattlers.

Coming out of a lengthy holiday break, Lethbridge had trouble generating offence early. The team scored just 15 points in the first half while shooting 20% from the field. 

Trailing by 12 at the break, the Kodiaks began to chip away with a more inspired second half effort. 18 points in the third quarter brought the Kodiaks to within striking distance. The team continued their strong play in the fourth quarter and actually took a narrow lead with under two minutes to play, but a determined Medicine Hat squad was able to overcome the deficit in the final minute and hold on for a narrow victory.

Matlin McMurray led the comeback effort by scoring all 13 of her team-high points in the second half. Emily Greeno added nine for the Kodiaks, while Brook Baker brought down nine rebounds to go along with seven points.  

The loss drops the Kodiaks to 6-6, leaving them tied for third place in the ACAC south with the St. Mary’s University Lightning. The Kodiaks will need to finish in third place or higher to reach the ACAC conference championship tournament, due to fifth place Medicine Hat hosting the tournament.

Lethbridge will look to rebound next weekend during a home-and-home with the 1-8 Ambrose Lions. The Kodiaks will play in Calgary Friday night before returning home to the Val Matteotti Gym floor on Saturday night. 

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. with tickets available at the door.