Olds College Broncos 60 Lakeland College Rustlers 51

Olds College Broncos 60 Lakeland College Rustlers 51

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.

Tip Off

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.

Footnotes:

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