After months of endless preparation and a grueling season in which the Vikings Women’s basketball team dominated the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association with a series of 15 early wins and a 20-1 regular season record, the Championship weekend arrived at Augustana.
The Vikings held 1st place through the season and lost only to Grande Prairie, earning them 2nd place nationally among the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association. Augustana showed their strength in the Championship by surpassing Concordia in the quarterfinal and knocking off Grant Macewan by 13 points in a tight semi-final.
Olds College, in their first ACAC season, came in as the seventh-seeded team and stormed the tournament. They knocked off the second- and third-seeded teams (Kings and NAIT) on their way to the Championship game against the Vikings.
The teams stayed even for three quarters, with Olds holding a slim lead, but the Broncos began to pull away in the fourth. They held an 11-point lead over Augustana after three minutes of play. With two minutes left to play and a 15-point lead, the Broncos relied on a defensive game and controlled the ball. The Cinderella Story ended with a 83-65 Olds victory.
Congratulations to Olds College on an outstanding Championship tournament, and congratulations to our own Augustana Vikings for an outstanding season and fantastic silver medal victory!