Nov. 18, 2019 – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks women’s basketball team split a pair of road games over the weekend, falling to the defending national champion Olds College Broncos on Friday before downing the Red Deer Queens on Saturday.
Olds showed why they are a nationally ranked powerhouse in the weekend opener, taking full control with a dominant opening twenty minutes in which they led by 30 points at the half.
Kirsten Barwegen led the Kodiaks with 13 points but it wasn’t enough in a 109-58 loss.
Lethbridge then managed to snap their mini two-game slide by picking up a 72-67 win over RDC in what was a back-and-forth affair.
Denajha Kie dropped 20 points and Matlin McMurray put in 18 of her own, including five three-pointers, to help the Kodiaks improve their record to 4-3.
The Kodiaks led by 11 after the opening quarter, but RDC picked up their shooting and cut the lead to just three at half.
Lethbridge regrouped and rebuilt their lead to 11 after three quarters, then held off RDC the rest of the way for the five point victory.
The win helped the Kodiaks enter a four-team log jam in the ACAC south standings. Lethbridge joins RDC, St. Mary’s and Briercrest in a tie for second place, with each team holding eight points.
Lethbridge will now return home to the Val Matteotti Gymnasium on Saturday night to face St. Mary’s University.
It will be the second game in their three-game season series. The Kodiaks defeated the Lightning 83-73 on Oct. 26.
This weekend’s games will be part of the Kodiaks Alumni/Hall of Fame weekend, which will feature the induction of the second class of the Kodiaks Hall of Fame.
There will also be a special social room for all Kodiaks alumni during Friday night’s volleyball games and Saturday night’s basketball games.
Admission for the weekend is by donation benefitting Kodiaks student-athlete scholarships.
Tip-off for the women’s game on Saturday is set for 6 p.m.
WBB | Friday, Nov. 15 - Kodiaks 58 at Olds College 109
Recap written by Olds College Sports Information
Olds College Broncos women's basketball team defeated the Lethbridge College Kodiaks 109-58 in the Parent Appreciation Game Friday, Nov. 15 at the Ralph Klein Centre.
The Broncos went on a 7-0 run to start the game with Brandi Thibeaux. The Broncos went on several extended runs after each Lethbridge basket to extend the lead to 23-4 with four minutes left in the quarter. The teams exchanged baskets to end the quarter at 35-16 for the Broncos.
The Broncos opened the scoring in the second quarter, including a Brittney Thibeuax three pointer to extend the Broncos lead to 40-16 before Lethbridge scored a pair of free throws. The Broncos then went on several short four point and six point runs to extend their lead to 54-22. The teams exchanged baskets, bring the score to 68-38 at halftime.
Lethbridge got the first basket of the second half before Brittney Thibeaux responded with a free throw sandwiched between two layups to bring the Broncos to a 73-40 lead. Brittney Thibeaux followed that up with a nice jump shot to extend the lead. Halfway through the quarter the Broncos continued to build up their lead up to 83-46 before the teams started exchanging points until the 2:00 minute mark when Macyn Morning Bull stepped up to make the score 88-49 for Olds. Michaela Allen-Gullion hit a three-pointer to extend the lead to 93-49 after three quarters.
The Broncos continued where they left off in the fourth quarter, scoring nine unanswered points to extend the lead to 102-49 after four minutes. Lethbridge got the next two baskets to make the score 102-54. The teams then exchanged baskets
Player of the game for Lethbridge was Brook Baker with 11 points and a game high 10 rebounds and the Pit Barbecue Player of the Game for the Broncos was Macyn Morning Bull with 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Broncos led the game in rebounds 36-33, assists 22-11, blocks 3-0, and steals 18-5. Brittney Thibeaux had a game high 29 points and two blocks, Alli Taylor had a game high 10 rebounds and seven steals, and Brandi Thibeaux and Alice-Fay Pitts had a game high six assists for the Broncos.
WBB | Saturday, Nov. 16 - Kodiaks 72 at Red Deer College 67
Recap written by Brent Forster – RDC Sports Information
Red Deer, AB – The Lethbridge College Kodiaks' 11 point edge (26-15) in the first quarter made it difficult for the RDC Queens to overcome. The advantage swayed from quarter to quarter, but the visitors' strong start helped them pick up a 72-67 decision.
The Kodiaks found their range in the first, sinking three from beyond the arc and taking a 26-15 edge. The Queens started to find their tempo in the second quarter. The home team doubled up Lethbridge College 16-8 and pulled within a triple by half (31-34).
Stockholm's Sophie Melin led the RDC charge, draining eight points and adding five rebounds. The second-year also connected on two-of-four of her three-point attempts.
At the break, Martin McMurray and Denajha Kie had scored 10 points each for the Kodiaks. Lethbridge College had 16 attempts from long range, connecting on five. The Queens went four-for-eight.
The Lethbridge College Kodiaks got on a roll from the outside in the third quarter and outscored the Queens by eight (21-13). The Queens had their best offensive showing in the fourth, knocking down 23 points, but they couldn't close the gap. The Kodiaks picked up a 72-67 win.
RDC held the rebounding advantage (58-42)
Fort St. John's Britney Peters was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. The Bachelor of Education Elementary student totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
Matlin McMurray received the award for the Kodiaks. McMurray contributed 18 points, four assists and two steals, and hit five-of-eight from beyond the arc.