Gold Medal

Gold Medal

Olds College Broncos 54 Keyano College Huskies 51

 

Fort McMurray, Alberta –  The home team Keyano College Huskies and Olds College Broncos have already punched their ticket to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championships to be held Mar. 13-16, 2019 in Sainte-Foy, QC and hosted by Cégep de Sainte-Foy RSEQ.

 

But there are bragging rights to having the ACAC Gold medal placed around your neck and the banner placed in the gymnasium.

 

Olds already had their women's hoops title from 2012-2013.

 

Tip Off time at Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre's Canadian Natural Gymnasium

 

First off the Huskies have to stop ACAC Women's Player of the Year No. 22 Brittney Thibeaux.  The Lake Villa, Illinois 4th year forward has led the ACAC in scoring the last two years (27.2 ppg 2018-2019, 25.2 ppg 2017-2018). She not only scores but is always near the top of rebounds and steals. An All-Around performer for the Olds Broncos

 First period  Huskies   14 Broncos 16

An errant elbow by Keyano Huskies' Moiyan Toure on a turnaround shot smacks Thibeaux in the face and Thibeaux has to head to the bench with only 30 seconds expired.

She comes back in after a minute rest.

Huskies hitting threes.

Broncos inside and layups.

Looks like it may be an outside vs. inside matchup.

Quick hands by the Broncos deflecting the first or second pass by the Huskies.

Huskies need to be careful not to telegraph.

Kristina Bajovic a quiet six for Olds.

Huskies have a high seven turnovers.

Second Period Huskies 27  Broncos 28

Good matchup with Toure covering Thibeaux. Power vs. Power.

Keyano keeps close with 8-of-10 from free throw line while the Broncos are 2-of-2.

Good crowd. Well over 500.

Bajovic 10 points for Olds. Thibeaux with 8 points and 7 boards..

Kaleigh Sellers 7 for Huskies.

Huskies 3 of 7 from three points and Broncos zippo with 5 attempts.

Third Period Huskies 39  Broncos 38

A physical and we mean physical third period with bodies flying.

Refs are letting them play folks.

Huskies Aliyah Johnson driving layup with three defenders on her for a 39-36 lead.

Thibeaux draws her fourth foul near the end of the period and has to sit the pines.

Fourth Period  Huskies 51  Broncos 54

Tied up 46-46 on a Kyla Adams layup.

With 78 seconds on clock Huskies up 49-48 Thibeaux catches an inbound pass and on fade away scores and is fouled. Free throw gives Olds a 51-49 lead. With multiple players covering Thibeaux underneath she dishes to Alli Taylor 53-49 to possibly put the nail in the coffin with 44 seconds remaining.

Lots of scrambling the ball like a pinball machine bouncing off players and Huskies score.

Huskies inbound ball 6.2 seconds remaining but miss three point attempt.

Huskies Player of the Game Toure 13 points 14 rebounds

Broncos Player of the Game Thibeaux 15 points 11 rebounds

 

Both teams off to Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championships to be held Mar. 13-16, 2019 in Sainte-Foy, QC and hosted by Cégep de Sainte-Foy RSEQ

 

Tournament MVP and All Stars will be mentioned in the official ACAC wrapup on the website.

Footnotes:

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