Kodiaks women start Nationals with dominant performance

Recap provided by the CCAA, courtesy of the NAIT Ooks. 

Match 1: Lethbridge Kodiaks 99, Douglas Royals 44 

March 16, 2017 - A blazing start and tremendous defensive effort carried the third-seeded Lethbridge Kodiaks to an overwhelming 99-44 victory over the number-six Douglas Royals in the first game of the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship. 

Before the game was five minutes old, Lethbridge, winners of the Alberta College Athletics Association title, held a 13-2 led. They built on the margin consistently, hitting five three-pointers in the first half and coming away with a 52-18 edge.

The Kodiaks onslaught, one day after head coach Brad Karren was honoured as CCAA coach of the year and Logan Moncks became an all-Canadian, followed an unbeaten ACAC season and formed a clear threat to all other rivals in the eight-team final tournament. 

Led by Player of the Game Sunder West’s 26 points, Lethbridge had four other players reach double figures: Moncks and Shayna Mathison 15 each, Emma Lowry 11 and Jaclyn Heggie 10. Sarah Jorgenson, with 13 points, and Player of the Game Rachel Beauchamp, with nine, were best for Douglas, which won the British Columbia college crown. 

Total domination by Lethbridge was reflected in rebounds (54 to 35), assists (26 to 7) and steals (19 to 6). The Kodiaks also forced 32 turnovers and collected 19 steals, with their defensive pressure keeping the Royals uncomfortable from the opening tip to the final buzzer.