The Kodiaks womens team won their home opener in convincing fashion with an 82-64 win over the visiting Mount Royal Cougars, while the mens team were dealt a 102-83 defeat after a cold start.
The womens team is looking to keep the momentum going after finishing last season with a 19-1 record, leading to an ACAC gold medal and the Kodiaks taking bronze at the CCAA (Canadian Colleges Athletic Conference) championships last March.
The Kodiaks mens team were off to an ice cold start to the game, while going scoreless for most of the first quarter.
Down 14-0, Kodiaks coach Mike Hansen called a timeout to try to settle the troops down. It seemed to work and after the Kodiaks through up a few bricks, they were back in the game.
The Kodiaks started to settle into the pace of the game and ended the first quarter on a 10-3 run.
The Kodiaks were on fire to start the second quarter, registering nine straight buckets, including three from the three-point arc. The Cougars became careless with the ball, turning it over on several occasions leading to easy fast break points by the Kodiaks, leading to some wide open lay-ups.
The Cougars responded with a timeout of their own and Mt. Royal came out of the scrum with cooler heads and kept their lead stable at 51-27 to end the first half.
The Kodiaks never fully recovered from their cold start, but did manage to narrow the lead down to 16 pts after some great work on the defensive end.
Cougars point guard dribbled the remaining seconds off the clock while outstretching his other hand to the Kodiaks guard in a show of sportsmanship at the home opener.
The mens and womens basketball teams then traveled to Calgary to complete the double header against the Mt. Royal Cougars. The mens team shook off some of the rust from their home opener, but came up short in an 81-70 loss.
The women continued their winning ways and are off to a 4-0 start to the season after defeating the Cougars 81-79 in Calgary.
Next up for the Kodiaks is playing host to the Briercrest Clippers with the womens team to start things off on Friday Nov.6 at 6pm and then a second game on Saturday with a start time of one O’clock. The mens team will play their games at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to students at Lethbridge College so come out and cheer on the Kodiaks.