After a shaky performance against Ambrose University, followed by a surprising loss to Red Deer College two weekends ago, the women’s basketball team came back with a vengeance this past weekend in their home opening games.
Friday night the women downed Olds College 80-66 in a win head coach Steve Shoults said they needed to get to shake the previous weekend’s performance off.
“This win was huge for us. This week in practice we talked a lot about what went wrong the previous weekend and we were second guessing some of our plays, but the girls came out strong and focused tonight and got us right back to where we were,” said Shoults.
Montana Romeril (4th year, History, Calgary) enjoyed a 29 point night, going 4 for 9 from the three point arc, and 12 for 17 in two point conversions. Kassandra Baptiste (4th year, Biological Sciences, Calgary) also added 17 points on the night.
Saturday night was also a big test for the women, as they went up against Red Deer College after suffering a 68-58 loss to the Queens on Nov 6th, their only loss so far this season. The Lightning came out firing, crushing the Queens 103-61.
The Lightning were outstanding on the boards recording 43 rebounds, led by last year’s league leading rebounder Mary-Jean Ritchie (5th year, Education, Calgary) with 14 on the night. The women didn’t let up on the Queens, allowing them just five points in the third quarter and cruising to their fourth win of the year.
Romeril ended the night with 24 points including three 3 point conversions, while Abby Gibb (3rd year, General Studies, Calgary) added 19 of her own. Baptise and Laura Belisle (5th year, General Studies, Calgary) both contributed 14 points, including Belisle’s four for seven three point conversions.
Next up for the Lightning women will be this Friday home to Lethbridge (3-0), followed by another home game with cross-town rival SAIT Trojans (3-1). Both games tip-off at 6:00 p.m. at Glenmore Christian Academy.
Women’s Basketball CCAA Rankings Watch: Week three of the CCAA National Rankings has the Lightning sitting comfortably at the No. 9 spot in the country for the week of Nov 14th.