The Brock women’s basketball team seems to have found their groove on unfamiliar courts this season, as their away record improved to 10-1 after Wednesday’s 72-68 win at division leading McMaster. Their home performance, on the other hand, has not been so successful, falling 62-44 to the Western Mustangs on Saturday.
After falling substantially behind the Marauders in the first half Wednesday, the Badgers battled back to take the win in a 72-68 final on Wednesday night in Hamilton.
Jodie Ebeling, the Badgers rookie guard, led the team in scoring, hitting five of eight from beyond the arc, coming out with 19 points, six rebounds and three assists. Adding 15 points was Stacey Farr, who, with her 12 boards in check, collected her sixth double-double of the season.
“We were very fortunate to beat Mac at Mac, and we buckled down defensively,” said Head Coach Chris Critelli. “We came on strong with [Ebeling] hitting the threes.”
Saturday afternoon was a different story altogether. Leading at half time, the Badgers came out for the second half hitting just 4-of-21 from the field, letting the Mustangs come back for a punishing 62-44 win. Farr’s 18 points topped the Badgers scoring list, with Genille Clifford, Erin Gauthier and Fiona Tozer tying for second with eight points apiece.
“It was a bit of a let-down, because we’ve beaten them, but they haven’t been playing well all season,” says Critelli, who expressed concern that she only had five players score in that contest.
The up-and-down swing over the four-day span is attributed in large part to the outside shooting. While Ebeling was hot on Wednesday from the outside, Brock’s outside game was invisible, as 32 of the team’s 44 points came from inside players.
Defense is another major concern for a team that ranks fifth-last in the Ontario University Athletics in points allowed. This is one area that Critelli identifies as the reason Brock can’t win at home.
“I think that when you’re an average team, you have to rely on defense to win, and when you play a good defensive game at home, you don’t have to worry so much about scoring” Critelli argues. “We’re not a defensive team, we’re a scoring team, so we have to worry more about our defense.”
Critelli has made some adjustments to the practices of the team in hopes of altering the poor defensive game, and believes that she saw improvement over the past two games.
The Badgers have now fallen to 12-7 in the OUA West division, and are hoping to improve their home record on Wednesday night when the Waterloo Warriors roll into town, a team that Brock has a very good chance of facing when the playoffs start next week with Brock being the likely venue.