Broncos outlast Ooks, advance to ACAC semis

Olds College Sports Information
Feb. 28, 2019

FORT McMURRAY, Alta. - The Olds College Broncos women's basketball team travelled to Fort McMurray on a mission.

On Thursday, they took the first step toward completing their mission as they ground out a 55-46 victory over the NAIT Ooks at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre on Thursday.

Brittney Thibeaux showed why she was named the ACAC Player of the Year the night before, finishing with a game-high 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks en route to being named the Broncos' player of the game.

Kristina Bajovic chipped in with 14 points, while ACAC South First Team All-Conference member Kyla Adams added nine points and 13 rebounds for the Broncos, who outrebounded the Ooks 44-32 in the contest.

Carly McHarg led NAIT with 10 points, four steals and three rebounds off the bench, while ACAC North First Team All-Conference member Sydney Hurlburt finished with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

The stage was set for a defensive matchup early, with both teams struggling to find their rhythm from the field in the first quarter. Bajovic and Adams accounted for nearly the entire Olds College offence in the opening 10 minutes, with the Broncos taking a 12-10 lead to the second.

Olds College briefly stretched its lead in the second with a 9-2 run spanning 2:35, but NAIT clawed back the deficit with a 9-2 run of their own late, with the Broncos eventually taking a 28-24 lead into halftime.

The third quarter saw the same tight brand of basketball on both sides, with NAIT briefly taking the lead midway through the frame. However, the Broncos would take it back shortly thereafter and not look back, eventually taking a 43-39 lead into the final frame, where Thibeaux scored 10 points to help push Olds College over the finish line.

With the victory, the Broncos will now play the Lakeland College Rustlers on Friday at 6 p.m., with the winner not only advancing to Saturday's gold medal game, but also securing a berth at the CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship in Quebec City in two weeks' time.