Banners Up! OC Broncos Celebrate Winning 2018-2019 Women's Basketball National Championship

The banners are up and the rings have been doled out to a special group of Broncos who earned Olds College's first Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) women's basketball championship last season.

The national championship rings have been handed out to the playes, coaches and staff members who helped the Olds College Broncos become the top women's basketball team in Canada during the 2018-2019 season.

One last celebration for the group that won both the ACAC and the CCAA titles back in March took place before the Broncos first home game of the new campaign.

Former Olds College Athletic Director and current Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference President Bob Murray was there for the pre-game ceremony.

Murray says the ACAC was watching as the Broncos headed to Quebec City for nationals where they beat the Dynamiques de Sainte-Foy 74-69 in the gold medal game.

A special banner was also revealed for Broncos star forward Brittney Thibeaux from Lake Villa, Illinois who was named the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball player of the year for 2018-2019. The presentation was made extra special for Thibeaux by the fact that her Dad was there and one of the new members of the Broncos this season is her sister Brandi.

Brittney is the first Bronco to be named CCAA Player of the Year since Jylisa Williams in 2012-2013. Williams helped Olds College win an ACAC title and a national bronze medal that season.

Thibeaux explains what is expected of their returning veteran players for the 2019-2020 campaign.

After all the festivities, she was happy the Broncos could beat the St. Mary's University Lightning 82-70 to improve to 2 and oh this season.

Thibeaux had a game highs in both points with 31 and rebounds with 11 in the win over the Lightning. 

She feels the Broncos have a special group again this season.

Olds College's Head Coach Avery Harrison reflected on the pre-game ceremony following this year's ACAC home opener at the RKC.

He discusses what was going through his mind as the banners were unveiled.

Coach Harrison was pleased with the start his team had after the opening night ceremonies.

5th year guard Michaela Allen-Gullion knocked down 5 three pointers to finish second to Thibeaux in points against St. Mary's. Coach Harrison was happy to have her outside shooting prowess back in Olds College's line-up.

He already has his sights set on achieving more success in 2019-2020.

The Broncos host Red Deer College for more ACAC women's basketball on Friday, November 8th at 6pm. The men's game follows at 8 o'clock.

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