Women's basketball off to it's best startThe Lakeland College Women’s Basketball team had a great start their season winning back to back contests against the Nait Ooks.
Game 1 saw the Rustlers travel to Edmonton Friday night. Both teams struggled to find there shooting touch as the Nait Ooks held onto a slim 7-6 lead at the end of the 1st Qtr. Lakeland was able to score some easy baskets thanks in large part to their full court pressure, allowing them to take a narrow 23-22 lead into half. The Rustlers were able to take control in the 3rd qtr as they came out on fire to start the frame. Hannah Crease-Mclean scored on 3 consecutive possessions pushing the Rustlers lead to 10. Lakeland was able to hold off a late Nait surge securing a 53-42 win. Marissa Lindquist had a game high 14pts for the Rustlers. Tracy Holloway had 12pts and Hannah Crease-Mclean added 9pts and 6 rebs.
Game 2 was back at Lakeland College where the team saw a packed gym for the home opener. After the low scoring Friday night affair both teams had very offensive 1st qtrs as Nait once again came out to a slim 18-17 lead. In the second frame nothing was decided as the teams traded hoops and Nait took their 1 point lead of 33-32 into the half. Lakeland was once again able to capitalize on Nait’s turnovers as they put up 21 pts and held the Ooks to a mere 12pts in the 3rd qtr. The Rustlers yet again held off a late Ooks run when 5th year senior Dale-Marie Cumberbunch connected on 4 consecutive shots but, Lakeland came out on the right side of a 79-66 finish. 11 players scored for the Rustlers as Brandi Leavitt had a team high 16pts, Hannah Crease-Mclean scored 14pts and Tracy Holloway had 14pts and 7 steals.
Next action for the Rustlers is against Concordia Thunder who is currently the #1 ranked team in the ACAC. The squad will hit the road on Friday and return to the rowdy Lakeland crowd on Saturday night.
Box Scores for both games will be updated on the acac website on Tuesday (www.acac.ab.ca ), here is the link for Saturdays game.