March. 2, 2019 - A strong bounce-back season came to an end for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women's basketball team on Friday, as they fell 76-36 in a lopsided ACAC consolation semifinal against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.
After losing a tight match against host Keyano the previous night, the Kodiaks had to regroup against a familar and surprising opponent. Medicine Hat entered the tournament ranked third in the nation, but were shockingly eliminated from title contention by Augustana in the quarterfinals.
After an off shooting night in the quarterfinals, Medicine Hat finally returned to their regular season form on Friday. Aggressive defence forced the Kodiaks into 31 turnovers, and the south division champions limited Lethbridge to just 36 points on the night.
The Rattlers opened the game by exploding for 21 in the opening quarter and never looked back, advancing to the ACAC fifth place game on Saturday.
Madi Gladstone scored 11 points for the Kodiaks, while Juhee Anderson scored six points and added seven rebounds for the Kodiaks.
While the Kodiaks failed to win a game at the ACAC championships, this season will still be looked back on positively, as second-year head coach Deanna Dotts guided the team back to the ACAC postseason after a one-year absence. With a relatively young lineup, the Kodiaks are poised to continue their improvement and challenge for an ACAC postseason spot again next season.