March 1, 2019 - Championship aspirations came to an end for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women's basketball team on Thursday night, as they fell 75-57 to a determined Keyano Huskies squad in an ACAC quarterfinal matchup.
The lopsided score was not indicative of how close the game truly was.
Despite having an off shooting night, the Kodiaks hung tough and gave themselves a chance to win. Lethbridge was led by a dominant 16 point performance from ACAC first all-conferernce team member Juhee Anderson.
Bolstered by a packed crowd of around 600, the host Huskies tried to turn the game into a track meet early on.
Both teams showed playoff jitters early, combining for ten turnovers in the first quarter.
The difference early was the Huskies ability to finish in the paint. The Kodiaks will look back and regret a medley of early missed layups, as they shot just 8-37 in the first half (21.6%).
Despite trailing by eight at halftime, the Kodiaks made it a game by opening the second half on a 13-4 run, briefly giving themselves a 39-38 advantage.
It would turn out to be Lethbridge's only lead of the night. The Huskies answered with their own 12-4 run and never let the Kodiaks get closer than five points to their lead the rest of the way.
Keyano pulled away late in the fourth, draining 20 of the final 28 points while hitting an impressive range of tough layups and mid-range jumpers.
Kodiaks guard Madi Gladstone hit for eight points, while Amy Berryman knocked in eight points off the bench.
The Kodiaks will now face a familiar foe in the consolation round semifinal, matching up against Medicine Hat College at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Rattlers entered the tournament ranked third in the nation but were knocked off by Augustana in a monumental upset.
Keyano will now play Augustana at 8 p.m. for a spot in the ACAC championship game.
Where to watch
All games can be streamed on ACACTV.ca, with a game pass available for just $5.