Recap written with files from Briercrest Sports Information.
Nov. 18, 2018 - It was far from a masterpiece, but the Kodiaks women's basketball team found a way to pick up two points on Saturday afternoon.
Making the five hour trip to Caronport, SK. to take on the Briercrest Clippers, the Kodiaks battled back from an early deficit, grew a big lead of their own, saw it evaporate late, then barely held on for a thrilling 66-64 win.
Juhee Anderson had her strongest game of the season, earning player of the game honours with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists.
She also displayed nerves of steel when it mattered most.
With the game tied at 64 and only thirty seconds remaining, it was Anderson who sunk two free throws that held up as the game winning points.
The match featured tons of ebbs and flows, with each team taking turns at making big runs.
The Clippers started the game on a 9-0 run, but the Kodiaks built momentum near the end of the quarter and capped the host's lead to 20-14.
The start of the second quarter saw a number of fouls and missed shots as the teams battled back and forth. Anderson poured in ten points in the quarter to help Lethbridge hold a slim 34-30 lead at half.
The visitors expanded their lead late in the third quarter, ending the frame on a 9-2 run to lead 53-42.
Briercrest refused to make it easy down the stretch, however.
The Clippers began the final frame on a 7-0 run, but Lethbridge was able to grow their lead back to nine with under three minutes to go.
That's when the home side turned it on.
Sharp shooting from Briercrest and a few missed free throws from the Kodiaks saw the Clippers miraculously tie the game with thirty seconds to go.
The tension in the air was palpable as Anderson made both free throws. With the game hanging in the balance, the Kodiaks defence picked up a huge stop to secure the win.
The Kodiaks (5-2) move into third place in the ACAC south and will close out their fall schedule against Red Deer at home next Saturday.
The game against the Queens will be part of Kodiaks Alumni Weekend. All admission will be by donation, with proceeds supporting student-athlete scholarships.
The Clippers fall to 1-5 with the loss and will travel to Ambrose for a pair of games against the Lions next weekend.