Olds College Sports Information
March 15, 2019
QUEBEC CITY – For the Olds College Broncos women's basketball team, every second counted on Friday night.
Kristina Bajovic (Belgrade, SRB) made the game-tying free throw with 16.9 seconds remaining, then the go-ahead free throw with 3.6 seconds left, and the Broncos held on to defeat the Dawson College Blues 71-70 in the first semifinal at the CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship in Quebec City.
Bajovic finished with 12 points and five assists, while CCAA Player of the Year Brittney Thibeaux (Lake Villa, Ill.) took home player of the game honours with 29 points and six rebounds.
Kyla Adams (St. Paul, Minn.) also put together a monster game for the Broncos, as she had 14 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists.
CCAA All-Canadian Roxanne Makolo paced the Blues with 18 points and five assists, while Sorelle Ineza was the player of the game for Dawson College, finishing with 15 points, five assists and four rebounds.
Mackenzie Ash-Smith put up a double-double for Dawson with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Both teams ran into foul trouble in the contest as Alli Taylor (Okotoks, Alta.) fouled out for the Broncos late in the fourth, while Dahomee Forgues, Taisha Exanor and Makolo all fouled out for the Blues.
Dawson College had a hot start to the game, jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the opening three minutes of the contest. However, the Broncos would immediately respond with a 10-0 run following a timeout, with a Bajovic jumper beating the buzzer to give Olds College a 19-15 lead through one quarter.
Neither team gave the other an inch for the majority of the second quarter, though the Broncos found a way to creep ahead a little further as they took a 41-34 lead into halftime.
Olds College got off to a good start in the third quarter, building its lead to double-digits at one point before Dawson started its comeback, going on a late run to cut the Broncos lead to 58-55 going into a hard-fought fourth quarter.
The Blues continued to build their momentum in the final frame, using an 8-0 run to go up 63-58 with 6:08 remaining. However, the Broncos did not break under the pressure, clawing their way back to eventually take a 68-67 lead with 1:17 remaining. After the Blues took the lead a few seconds later, the Broncos ramped up the pressure defensively to set the stage for Bajovic.
The Broncos will now go on face either the Keyano College Huskies or the host Dynamiques de Cegep Sainte-Foy in the gold medal game at 6 p.m. Mountain time, while the Blues cross over to the bronze medal bracket, where they will play the Fanshawe College Falcons at 8 a.m. Mountain time.