FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta — One of the top post players in the ACAC from a year ago is back and ready to improve in 2018-19.
Last season, Moiyan Toure narrowly missed averaging a double-double over the course of the season. She finished with an average of 9.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Down the stretch, Toure pulled down double-digit rebounds in six of the final eight games for the Keyano College Huskies.
As a team, the Huskies finished atop the ACAC North Division standings with a record of 18-6 overall. Despite being the top seed from their division in the ACAC Championships, two losses sent the Huskies home much earlier than expected, as many expected them to contend for the league title.
After falling short last year, the Huskies are looking to flip the script and contend for the ACAC title once more in 2018-19. After a pair of wins to open the season, the Huskies are beginning the year on the right foot.
For her efforts over the Huskies’ first two games of the season where she posted a pair of double-doubles, Keyano College forward Moiyan Toure is CCR Canada’s ACAC Player of the Week for the week of October 8-14, 2018.
Toure and the Huskies opened their 2018-19 season with a pair of home games over the weekend against The King’s University Eagles. One win would come in convincing fashion, while the other was a defensive struggle for both teams that came down to the wire.
In their opener on Friday night, the Huskies had things clicking on both ends of the floor. As a team, they shot 42.6% from the floor and 40.9% from three-point range on offense. On the defensive end, they held the Eagles to 26.2% shooting from the field, and they were just 3-of-17 from three-point range. Keyano College used a 22-point third quarter to pull away, helping to secure the 70-46 victory.
The Huskies held the Eagles to single-digit points in both the first (seven) and third (six) quarters.
Toure was a factor on both ends of the floor, stuffing the stat sheet to help lead the Huskies to the 24-point victory. She posted 13 points and 15 rebounds for her first double-double of the weekend. Toure added five assists, four steals, and three blocks for a strong performance on both ends of the floor.
The 5’10” forward was also 6-of-7 from the floor.
On Saturday, the teams met again and the game had a different feel to it. King’s University took a five-point lead after the first quarter, and they held a slim three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Over the final 10 minutes, the Huskies overtook the Eagles and came away with a four-point win to complete the weekend sweep, 56-52.
Once again, Toure was a factor on both ends of the floor, posting her second double-double in as many days to open the 2018-19 season with a statement. She went for 15 points and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s contest, shooting 7-of-12 from the floor in the win. She also picked up a pair of steals on the defensive end.
Over the weekend, Toure posted an average of 15.0 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per contest. She shot a combined 13-of-19 (68.4%) from the floor to help guide Keyano College to a 2-0 record to open the season in front of their home crowd.
Not to be outdone, guard Augusta Kievisaite had herself a strong opening weekend, averaging 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over the two wins. With Toure and Kievisaite in the mix, the Huskies have a talented inside-out tandem at their disposal this season.
After posting five double-doubles all of last season, Toure looks like she’s well on her way to surpassing that number in 2018-19. The season is still young, but back-to-back double-doubles to open the year could be a sign of things to come.
For her efforts this past week, Keyano College forward Moiyan Toure is CCR Canada’s ACAC Player of the Week for the week of October 8-14, 2018.
– T. Bennett