Olds College Broncos defeated the NAIT Ooks 55-46 in their opener yesterday at the 2018-2019 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women's Basketball Championships.
The Lakeland College Rustlers bested ACAC defending champion St. Mary's Lightning 67-44 at the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre's Canadian Natural Gymnasium.
This will be without a doubt should be the most interesting game so far in the tournament.
Kristina Bajovic drops seven points to lead her Olds side in the opening 10 minutes.
Rustlers running the floor well and the presence of Bilge Topaloglu felt with her 6-foot-4 frame, forcing high arching attempts by Olds.
Meg Ferraz jumper with 1:17 left on clock give Lakeland 26-25 edge.
Olds takes the lead at the buzzer 27-26 to head into the locker room on an Alli Taylor uncontested layup.
Ooks' Brittney Thibaux (ACAC Player of the Year 27.2 ppg average) picks up 3rd foul at 8:20 of third
Chess match for Chris King when to put in Topaloglu and when to take her out.
Thibeaux picks up her fourth foul with 16.7 seconds remaining in third quarter.
End of third period 45-39 for Olds.
Bajovic hits crucial back-to-back hoops to go up 49-39 with 8:20 remaining
53-44 wirh 3:59 left Tibeaux and Topaloglu back in..
Thibeaux picks up her fourth foul with 16.7
Olds POG Bajovic 15 points 4 rebounds.
Lakeland POG Kaitlyn Tonita 13 points 8 rebounds.
Olds play the winner of Keyano Huskies vs University of Alberta Augustana Vikings tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the gold medal game while the Rustlers will play the loser of this game at 12 p.m. noon for bronze medal status.
Lakeland's Taiya Paylor was a figure skater with silver at provincials
Lakelands Bilge Topaloglu, played pro hoops in Turkey with legend Candace Parker
Old's Meahan Swartz made Team Alberta for Women's Challenge Cup Hockey
Old's Madi Simmonds sister Cass Simmonds also played for Olds Broncos