This will be the fourth game in a row on the Canadian Natural Gymnasium hardwood for the NAIT Ooks as they concluded the ACAC regular season here with a 68-67 OT victory and 61-45 loss February 22-23, 2019 against the host Keyano Huskies.
Their third tipoff was yesterday when they fell to the Olds College Broncos 55-46 with ACAC Women's Player of the Year Brittney Thibeaux dropping 28 points on them after being held scoreless in the opening period.
Their opponent this afternoon is defending champion St. Mary's University Lightning who lost to the Lakeland College Rustlers 67-44 in their quarterfinal opener.
The Lightning the top shooting three-point team in the ACAC was cold turkey in the opener by only draining 6-of-26.
The long ball hitting at the start with St. Mary's Emily Wagner and Hannah Helton swishing threes for a 10-4 lead 4 minutes in.
Ooks start to go inside to the tall timber for a few hoops.
Lightning have found their touch by zoning in on 4-of-9 three pointers to take a 20-14 lead after one period.
Back-to-back threes by Wagner give St. Mary's a 26-14 lead with NAIT Ooks coach Todd Warnick calling time out.
Emily Wagner showing why she is an all-star by dominating play in the opening 20 minutes with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and the X Factor the Lightning out front 45-18.
Lightning showing great ball distribution off transition and in flow with 15 assists compared to five credited to the Ooks. Lightning defence also coughs up 9 first half steals.
Ooks go on a 17-6 run with Carly McHarg hitting back-to-back threes the Edmonton team down 51-35 with 3:30 remaining in the third period.
A total of 8 points in the last 90 seconds by Hannah Helton of the third period gave the Lightning a cushion as they were outscored 20-14 but still hold a 59-38 advantage,
Nondescript final 10 minutes with the Lightning outscoring NAIT
The Lightning play at 10 a.m. tomorrow for the 5th/6th game placement against the winner of Lethbridge Kodiaks and Medicine Hat Rattlers.
Lightning Player of the Game Emily Wagner 25 points 14 rebounds
Ooks Player of the Game Mackenzie Emmerson 11 points 9 rebounds.
On the Athlete Bio sheets, one of the questions was. "Who is your favourite pro athlete?"
The hands down best answer came from NAIT Ooks Kaelyn Bryks with Jackie Moon, the fictitious basketball player (actor Will Ferrell) of the ABA basketball team Flint Tropics from the comedy sports flick Semi-Pro.
NAIT Ooks Katherine McDougall's Uncle Ken McDougall played baseball at a Junior College in Iowa and basketball at Medicine Hat College.
Lightning's Alba Vera Ponte has an orange belt in judo and a champion cross country runner
Lightning's Chayle Clark nickname is Cheesecake and was a 2-time fastpitch Alberta Provincial Champion
Lightning's Louise Nlandu champion wrestler in high school and never lost a match
Lightning's Sydney Deighton's younger sister Kyla Deighton plays for Ambrose University Lions