Nov. 24, 2018 – For the second straight week, the Lethbridge College Kodiaks women's basketball team got off to a slow start.
For the second straight week, the team bounced back for a big win.
Jocelyn Neilson had a double-double, scoring 22 points off the bench and collecting 11 rebounds to guide the Kodiaks to a 77-68 win over rival Red Deer College on Saturday night.
Nielson collected the majority of her points in tough areas in the paint, using great body positioning to help pace the Kodiaks offence.
Juhee Anderson also continued her strong play for Lethbridge, scoring 19 points of her own. Matlin McMurray added seven assists for the hosts.
Red Deer came ready to play and the Kodiaks had trouble matching the Queens intensity early.
The Queens built a quick 15-9 lead, playing high tempo defence that forced the Kodiaks into six turnovers within the first nine minutes.
As they did in their previous outing against Briercrest, Lethbridge awoke at the end of the first quarter. A strong finish from Anderson and Nielson helped the Kodiaks end the frame on a 12-7 run, closing the deficit to 22-21.
Lethbridge started the second quarter on a 10-5 run, with their offense creating seams that allowed them to drive right to the Queens net. The Kodiaks ended up outscoring the Queens 21-10 in the quarter to take a 42-32 lead into half.
The teams traded runs throughout the second half, but Lethbridge was able to keep Red Deer shooters at bay and prevent any big runs. A low scoring fourth quarter played into the Kodiaks advantage, as they held Red Deer to fourteen points while securing the 77-68 win.
Sandra Garcia-Bernal led Red Deer's offence with 16 points, while Katie Ballhorn and Harneet Sidhu each added 14.
Nielson was named Kodiaks player of the game, while Ballhorn earned the honours for Red Deer with a 14 point, four rebound performance.
The win improves the fifteenth ranked Kodiaks record to 6-2. With the loss, Red Deer falls to 1-7.
Both teams have concluded their fall schedule and will return to ACAC conference action in early January.
The two teams will battle again in Red Deer on Jan. 25 and 26.