The Lethbridge Kodiaks women’s basketball team’s quest for redemption started one year ago, after the team lost a heartbreaking national championship game at the hands of Montmorency. An unbelievable season was cut just short; but ever since that loss, the Kodiaks have been on a mission.
“They still talk about it (the national finals loss),” said Kodiaks women’s basketball coach Brad Karren. “The girls that were there last year say, ‘you know that was an awful feeling to lose that gold medal.’ So their goal all year is not, ‘if we do this and we play well,’ it’s, ‘when we get to nationals we were going to do a better job.’”
Since the Kodiaks suffered that devastating defeat, they haven’t lost. Not once. They’ve piled up win after win all the way to an undefeated regular season. The team hasn’t faltering, going 21 straight games without a loss.
“There was times when we could have lost,” said Kodiaks’ forward Emma Lowry. “But when we come together and help each other out and we have each other’s backs, then we’re unstoppable.”
As they head into playoffs, the Kodiaks are the number one ranked team in the country, rarely being challenged this season. But they may have to beat another undefeated team to bring home the ACAC title. Lakeland college has steamrolled its competition this season to a perfect 24-0 record in the North Division, setting the stage for a potential dream matchup in the provincial final.
“It’s what we want. It’s what I want as a coach to play that team (Lakeland College),” said Karren. “Because that’s the team that will prepare us most for nationals if we see them.”
Two wins at the ACAC Championships will put the Kodiaks into the finals, also booking their ticket to nationals.
The women tip off at 3 p.m. Thursday in Edmonton against the Augustana Vikings. The men also start their quest for an ACAC title at 3 p.m., they meet the number-one ranked Keyano Huskies in Olds.