Friday recap - larceny leads women's basketball to victory
Feb 11, 2017 - Entering the stretch drive of the ACAC season, both Kodiaks basketball and volleyball programs faced crucial tests Friday evening, with basketball hosting Medicine Hat and volleyball visiting the Ambrose Lions. Check out our game recaps and get primed for another full slate of games tonight.
23 steals propel women’s basketball to victory
The Kodiaks trademark high tempo style of play was on full display Friday night, as they overwhelmed the visiting Medicine Hat Rattlers en route to a 91-48 victory.
Ball management was the story of the game, as Lethbridge won the turnover battle 39-18 and outscored Medicine Hat 42-7 in points off turnovers. Each Kodiak starter had at least two steals, with Sunder West, Amanda Lee and Leah Ekubazgi each collecting four steals apiece.
The Rattlers managed to keep the game close throughout the first quarter, but Lethbridge was able to pull away in the second, outscoring Medicine Hat 27-11 in the frame.
Emma Lowry was named Kodiaks player of the game for her well-rounded effort, contributing a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds. Logan Moncks and Sunder West also had strong nights, contributing 23 and 22 points respectively.
The Kodiaks (16-0) will look to continue their strong play in the second half of the home-and-home series with the Rattlers Saturday night in Medicine Hat. Game time is 6 p.m. and can be viewed live on ACAC TV.
Men’s basketball stung by Rattlers
A triple-double from Cory Richardson wasn’t enough to propel the Kodiaks on Friday night, as they fell to nationally third-ranked Medicine Hat College 97-83.
The Kodiaks started strong in a fast paced first quarter, but let the Ratters catch fire in the second. Medicine Hat outscored Lethbridge 28-20 in the second quarter to open up a 59-45 lead at half, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.
Richardson was named the Kodiaks player of the game for his 16 point, 10 rebound and 12 assist performance. Kodiaks current athlete of the week Chris Maughan continued his strong play with a 26-point performance, and Rory Russell scored 11 points coming off the bench.
With the Kodiaks loss and SAIT’s win against Briercrest, Lethbridge has slipped to third place in the ACAC south division. They will look to get back on even footing with the Rattlers in the second half of the home-and-home tonight. Game time is 8 p.m. and can be watched live on ACAC TV.
Women’s volleyball faces must-win game tonight
In a match with huge playoff implications, the Kodiaks women’s volleyball team came up short on the road Friday, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Ambrose Lions (25-16, 20-25, 25-10, 25-20).
The Kodiaks (6-15) started sluggish in dropping the first set but managed to bounce back and steal a second set win. Ultimately the Lions took over the match in a dominating third set, before fighting off the Kodiaks in the fourth set to take the match.
Leading the Kodiaks with nine kills on the night was Laura Serafini, while Kristine Ward chipped in with eight kills and a team leading 10 digs.
The Kodiaks are now tied with Olds for fifth place in the ACAC south division, four points behind the Lions, who hold down the final playoff spot. The Kodiaks will welcome Ambrose to the Val Matteotti Gym at 6 p.m. tonight for the second half of their home-and-home series. Although the Kodiaks hold two games in hand on Ambrose, they must win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Men’s volleyball tames the Lions
The Kodiaks men (9-12) had a strong showing Friday despite having been officially eliminated from ACAC playoff contention. A strong serve game overpowered the Lions throughout the night, propelling the Kodiaks to a 3-1 win (25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18).
Left side Dax Whitehead led the Kodiaks with 16 kills, bringing his season total to 235, good for fifth in the ACAC. Right side Carter Hansen was named the Kodiaks player of the game after an effort that saw him deliver 14 kills and 6 digs.
The Kodiaks will host the Lions in a rematch at 8 p.m. tonight, and can sweep the season series with a victory.
Tickets for tonight’s volleyball matches are just $8 for adults, $5 for youth, seniors and Lethbridge College alumni and $3 for Lethbridge College employees. Lethbridge College students are admitted free with valid student ID.
Kodiaks fans make noise for mental health
Friday night marked the start of "Make Some Noise for Mental Health" weekend for the Kodiaks. The roughly 500 fans in attendance were given "Make Some Noise" branded noisemakers courtesy of RBC, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the ACAC.
“Make Some Noise” is an ACAC conference-wide awareness campaign to break stigmas around mental health. By involving student-athletes, the campaign is intended to encourage empathy, understanding and open mindedness while promoting resources and support available on campuses and in their communities. Promotional materials with mental health facts and support services information will be available for fans at the front entrance of the Val Matteotti Gym.
The promotional weekend will wrap-up tonight, where fans can win a medley of great prizes including Flames tickets and a tablet, which were generously donated by the LCSA.
Did you know?
WBB | The Kodiaks point differential is +560. The next highest total in the ACAC belongs to the NAIT Ooks who sit at +440.
WBB | Medicine Hat College owns the highest 3-pt percentage in the ACAC at 41.1% but went 4-15 (26.7%) from beyond the arc on Friday.
MBB | Robert Miles III is second in the ACAC with 54 steals, just two behind Red Deer’s Ian Tevis for the conference lead.