Red Deer, AB – With a strong collective defence, the RDC Queens earned a 55-38 victory over the SAIT Trojans at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Basketball action.
After 10 minutes of play in tight opening quarter, Lauren Cardinal's six points provided RDC with a one point edge (14-13). The forward from St. Albert was perfect from the field, going three-for-three while adding one board. Rachel Ocszevski was the driving force for SAIT, contributing six points and two rebounds.
Early in the second, Sandra Garcia-Bernal connected from beyond three (19-17). The Trojans tried to keep it close and were successful down low. Another bucket from Ocszevski in the paint kept SAIT within a pair (21-23). As the quarter was closing, Garcia-Bernal hit from beyond the arc again, and the RDC Queens bumped their lead to five (26-21).
The Queens opened the third quarter on a 10-1 run (36-22). Anegor Wold tried to bring her Trojans closer with a field goal and successful free-throw, but at the end of thirty minutes RDC had increased their lead to 16 points (44-28).
Harneet Sidhu connected off the glass to give RDC a 20 point edge (50-30). The Trojans finished on an 8-5 run, but the Queens sealed a 55-38 home victory.
Mallory Uskiw was selected as the Queens Player-of-the-Game, contributing two points, seven rebounds and two steals. The Bachelor of Science student received a cut and bump above her right eye, but after the second-year forward went off for repairs, she was back on the floor making contributions for the Queens. Rachel Ocszevski received the award for the Trojans, finishing with eight points, two blocks, two steals, one assist and 11 rebounds.
On Saturday, January 12, the RDC Queens will face the SAIT Trojans at 6:00 p.m. in Calgary.