Basketball team prepares for ACAC Championship

Basketball team prepares for ACAC Championship

 This team has been something special to watch.

When coaches Avery Harrison and Peter Sambu joined the Broncos this year to coach the women’s basketball team, the aura around the program seemed to change to a “we ARE going to be successful,” mentality.

Now the basketball team, who closed the year out by winning 17 of their final 20 games (including some exhibitions at a tournament at NAIT), are the second seed from the Southern Division headed into this weekend’s ACAC Championship with a 15-6 regular season record. You notice why when you see the team members bearing “Embrace the Process” wristbands like they were Tiffany bracelets.  It’s about the mentality.

And don’t forget hard work. At any given hour of the day you may find Sambu or Harrison working individually with the Broncos talented athletes preparing in the gym for the next weekend of work.

While the team seems to have met their season goals, don’t even start to think they’re satisfied just yet.

“Our first goal is to win the gold medal in the ACAC tournament,” says forward Kristina Bajovic. “After that, we want to win the National Tournament.”

Seems simple enough.

Almost as simple as it seems when Brittney Thibeaux has the ball under the hoop.

Thibeaux demolished the rest of the ACAC in terms of point production this year, averaging 25 points per game, eight more than the second highest scorer. In the process Thibeaux broke the record for two point field goals in a season, which stood at 199 before Thibeaux became the lone member of the 200 club.

As for right now, the team has spent the week preparing for tomorrow’s (March 1) matchup against Lakeland, who finished 16-8 this year in the Northern division, at 1 P.M.

“We’re focused on what we can control, and that’s our preparation and detailed approach to Lakeland,” says associate coach Sambu.  

If the Broncos win tomorrow’s game against Lakeland they will be propelled into Friday’s 6 P.M. semi-final.

SAIT Is the host for this weekend’s championship with all information available on the ACAC website.

All coverage will also be streaming on acactv.ca