Throughout the season, Brock’s women’s basketball team has struggled with their consistency. Unfortunately, their inconsistency showed up again in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West division semi-final game against the number one seeded McMaster Marauders.Although the menacing score of 79-58 in favour of the Marauders seems to be one sided, the actual tale of the game would be better told through the free throw chances given.
Brock’s team was trying to get back into the game after they trailed by only three points at the half. Trying to get back into the game in basketball language basically means a lot of foul shots given to the Marauders. After only going to the free throw line 10 times in the first half, the Marauders were given twice as many chances in the second half.
Truth be told, if the gamble paid off and the 20 free points were taken away from the score, the game becomes very close indeed. Unfortunately for the struggling Brock team the gamble didn’t pay off and they were forced to watch their post season dreams sink with every free basket awarded.
Although, one must give credit where credit is due. The Marauders did have some startling numbers from the field. Led by Sarah Sterling who shot 8-for-8 from the field, good for 20 points, the team was an impressive 26-for-44 from the field. Further impressive numbers are the 61.5 per cent three point shooting which is a new season high for the Marauders.
In contrast, the Badger women were only able to shoot a weak 20-for-52 from the field led by fifth year Erin Gauthier’s 15 points. Gauthier celebrated her last game as a Badger and can at least leave as the leader she has been all year and most of her university career.
The normally offensive duo of Stacey Farr and Jodie Ebeling were a non-factor as they were held to a combined 38.5 per cent shooting percentage. A percentage that is dismal when taking into account the two players are normally among the leaders in at least one offensive category.
“We were all disappointed with the loss. When you end a season knowing you played well it is easier to handle than leaving knowing you played poorly,” head coach Chris Critelli said. “We have been inconsistent all year, and it was only a matter of time before it caught up with us in the playoffs.”
Critelli also says that the loss had in part to do with the injuries of Amie Laasen and Fiona Tozer who are the teams main inside players. The weakness on the inside made it even more challenging for the Badgers to collect any offensive rebounds.
With Gauthier leaving next year Critelli is looking to Erin Allan as the future of the team. Allan is an “exact clone” of Gauthier according to Critelli which sets an optimistic future for the team.