EDMONTON, ALTA.- The NAIT Ooks women's basketball team bounced back with a 73-70 victory on Saturday night to split the weekend series with the Concordia Thunder.
The Ooks came out strong outscoring the Thunder 29-14 in the first quarter. Concordia bounced back outscoring NAIT 19-14 in the second quarter, to find themselves down 43-33 at halftime. In the second half, Thunder would continue to try to fight back into the game narrowing the Ooks lead to 3. NAIT came out strong in the final quarter taking their lead back to 11, Concordia would make a late push, but couldn't beat the Ooks down the stretch. NAIT would end up taking the game 73-70.
"Concordia was very physical in both games this weekend. Friday we were unable to adjust to the physical play and it influenced our shooting percentage. Tonight we set the tempo early and were much more adjusted to the physical play. We knew Concordia would make a run, it was a matter of weathering the storm and responding, which we did despite foul trouble," said Ooks head coach, Todd Warnick following the game.
Player of the Game
NAIT Ooks - Sydney Hurlburt
Concordia Thunder - Danielle MacLellan
The Big Picture
The NAIT Ooks sit 2nd in the ACAC North division with a 7-3 record, while the Concordia Thunder sit tied for 3rd with a 6-4 record.
NAIT Ooks will play host to the 6-4 Keyano Huskies next weekend, while the Thunder will play a host with to the 0-8 Grande Prairie Wolves.