RDC Queens basketball upset number one nationally ranked Olds College Broncos

Kings also win at Olds

The RDC Queens pulled off a stunner Friday night.

RDC knocked off the defending Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national champions, picking up a thrilling 69-65 win over the Olds College Broncos.

Rookie Sophie Melin led the Queens in the upset with 17 points, chipping in seven rebounds and four assists. Second-year Amy Szymanek also had 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists. Second-year Harneet Sidhu added 11 points and second-year Valentina Rincon had 10.

The Queens shot 40 per cent from the field, 28 percent from three-point range and 78 from the free throw line. After falling behind 19-13 in the opening quarter, the Queens shut the door on the Broncos, outscoring them 20-10 in the second quarter. In the fourth, the Queens won the battle 18-16. The Queens also outrebounded the Broncos 44-38 in the win.

RDC held former CCAA Player of the Year Brittney Thibeaux to three-of-eight shooting and only 10 points. Michelle Allen-Gullion led the way with 14 points along with Alli Tayor who also had 14.

The Queens improved to 3-1 on the year with the win.

Next weekend, the Queens will host the Ambrose University Lions on Nov. 15 and the Lethbridge College Kodiaks on Nov. 16.

The Kings also improved to 3-1 with a 104-73 win over the Broncos.

RDC rode a big first quarter to victory, outscoring Olds College 34-13. Fifth-year Jouvon Edison out of Reno, Nevada led the way for the Kings with 21 points on eight-of-16 shooting along with eight rebounds.

Fifth-year guard Spencer Klassen of Red Deer was player of the game, he had 17 points, four assists and four steals. Three Kings had double figures off the bench, including Ramiro Martinez Quintanilla Jimenez with 14, Cole Wicker and Brett Hochhausen both with 11.

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