WBB | Kodiaks split with Lightning thanks to Anderson’s OT heroics
Jan. 14, 2019 – A dramatic last second three-pointer from Juhee Anderson propelled the Kodiaks to a huge weekend split with rival St. Mary’s Lightning.
After falling 74-52 in Calgary the previous night, the Kodiaks battled the defending ACAC champions punch-for-punch on their home floor Saturday.
With the game tied at 64, Anderson made the clutch shot that moved Lethbridge firmly back into the ACAC playoff picture.
Lethbridge (7-5) will now prepare to entertain SAIT on Friday night at the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.
Friday, Jan. 11 – Kodiaks 52, St. Mary’s 74
Recap provided by St. Mary’s sports information.
Two rivals played in a head to head match to begin game number 11 in the ACAC Women's schedule. 1st quarter was even as both teams were tied at 21 points. Both star players Juhee Anderson (LC) had 9 points and Emily Wagner (StMU) contributed 9 points.
Everything had changed in the second quarter. St. Mary's had found their scoring and strong defensive play. Hannah Helton and Wagner poured in 10 points each in the 25-point team quarter. The quarter ended 46-29.
The third 3rd quarter was evenly played where Lethbridge College had made some adjustments and held Helton to zero points. Chayle Clark (StMU) picked up the slack and scored 6 points off timely offensive rebounds.
4th quarter, St. Mary's had effectively shut down Anderson (LC). Lethbridge had scoring from Mathinson, Murray and Peterson with 3 points each. St. Mary's continued to have success with Wagner (7 points) and Helton (4 points).
ACAC and St. Mary's University sponsored Player of the Game were Juhee Anderson (LC) and Hannah Helton (StMU).
Saturday, Jan. 12 – Kodiaks 67, St. Mary’s 64 (OT)
The Kodiaks looked to recover from Friday night's loss at St. Mary's University this time in their own territory.
The Kodiaks started out strong in the Val Matteotti gym on Saturday night as they had something to prove in this home and home series against Lightning. Lethbridge appeared to have the lead going into the second quarter however St. Mary's quickly applied the pressure.
Hannah Helton of the Lightning managed to match the Kodiaks score with a three-point shot beating the buzzer in the first quarter.
As the game progressed in the second quarter, St. Mary's seemed to have most of the control. Fourth year Juhee Anderson then put matters into her own hands by influencing her team’s discipline and effort. Anderson led the Kodiaks with twelve points in the first half.
Tension remained high in quarters three and four as both teams were sinking three's as well as playing aggressive defensive systems. Lightning held their lead by four points to head into the fourth quarter.
The Kodiaks fought hard to keep themselves in the game as they closed the Lightnings lead by tying the score 59-59. As the seconds dwindled down on the clock, the game was forced into a nail-biting overtime.
The score was all tied up at 64-64 with only seconds left when Juhee Anderson racked up another three-point earning the Kodiaks the comeback win at 67-64. Anderson was an absolute threat all night as she picked up 23 points and player of the game. Meanwhile Sydney Deighton of the Lightning obtained 16 points which secured her player of the game.
Joy Victor of St. Mary's found 10 rebounds as well as Matlin McMurray of Lethbridge.