Badgers’ winning streak comes to an end against GeeGees

In a battle of best team in the OUA East versus the best in the OUA West, the Brock University women’s basketball team (4-2 OUA) lost to the number 10 ranked Ottawa GeeGees (5-1) by a score of 54-51 on November 15 at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.

Brock came out strong to begin the first half outshooting Ottawa by 15.8 per cent but the second half belonged to the GeeGees as they stormed back to leave the home crowd speechless.

Free throws and bench points were the deciding factor of the game as Ottawa dominated these statistics. Also, winning the fourth quarter is crucial if you want to have success in the OUA and Brock failed to do this against Ottawa.

The first quarter opened with Brock looking superior. The Badgers were able to create many turnovers early, which turned into quick baskets. An offensive rebound by Ottawa — which was a theme on the night — midway through the first quarter led to a three-pointer to make the game 6-5 for Brock.

The Badgers went on a 6-2 run to end the quarter, as the game was 12-7 after 10 minutes of action. The first quarter was more of a defensive battle, which set the tone for the rest of the game.

A nice layup by Samantha De Jong (St. Catharines, Ont.) followed by a mid-range jumper by Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls, Ont.) got the Badgers out to a nine-point lead, which turned out to be the biggest lead of the game.

After falling behind by a large margin, Ottawa began to play much better and eventually cut the deficit to one point after a three-pointer by Katharine Lemoine (Cornwall, Ont.). The GeeGees continued to battle throughout the quarter but Brock managed to score two more baskets to end the half up 26-21.

Brock played well in the first-half not allowing Ottawa to get to the line, but Ottawa’s nine points from downtown compared to Brock’s zero kept the ball game tight.

The second half started in an all too familiar way for the GeeGees as Rosenkranz made one of her six blocks on the night to start the half. Rosenkranz couldn’t block every shot as Ottawa scored two three-pointers to cut the lead to 31-29.  A few plays later, Brock’s advantage finally diminished as Ottawa gained their first lead of the game.

Ottawa looked to be gaining the momentum in the game but another huge block by Rosenkranz turned that momentum into the Badgers favour and Brock secured a 41-35 lead after three quarters of play.

With only ten minutes of action left in the game while holding a six-point lead, the Badgers looked to be in the driver’s seat. In Ontario University Athletics (OUA) regular season play this season, Brock has usually had the game wrapped up by the fourth quarter so this was a true test of will to prove that they can hold onto a small lead in the final quarter.

To begin the fourth quarter, Ottawa scored two quick baskets and the game was all of a sudden a one-possession match up. However, Rosenkranz’ defense continued to be stellar and a basket by De Jong midway through the quarter gave Brock a five-point lead.

After securing the five-point lead, Ottawa hit another three-pointer and then on the next play, guard Stephanie MacDonald (Ottawa, Ont.) created a steal and scored on the fast break to tie the game at 48-48 with two minutes left.

Ottawa guard, Sarah Besselink (Kingston, Ont.) scored 14 points on the night but her most critical basket came with just over a minute remaining to give Ottawa the 52-49 lead.

Unfortunately for Brock, they were not able to make all their free throws in the final minute and as a result, the Badgers would lose the game 54-51.

Macdonald led the way for Ottawa with 15 points and nine rebounds. Also, the most important statistic on the night was probably the fact that Ottawa’s bench outscored the Badgers’ 17-8.

Despite the loss, Rosenkranz and De Jong were the reason the game was so tight for the Badgers as they both had great performances. Rosenkranz had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds but also had six blocks and four steals on the night. De Jong led all players in scoring with 19 points and also grabbed five rebounds.

Game Notes (Brock vs. Carleton):

After losing to Ottawa, the Badgers were hoping to get a win against the Carleton Ravens (6-0 OUA) on Nov. 16. However, the Badgers disappointing weekend continued as the Ravens defeated Brock by a score of 50-49 in overtime.

Quick starts have been the theme for Brock this season but for the first time all year they were actually trailing early. After the first quarter, Carleton led 13-9. Brock’s slow start continued as the Ravens lead continued and at half time, the Ravens led the game 22-16.

Carleton’s lead just got bigger as the third quarter played on and the Badgers found themselves down 38-26 heading into the fourth quarter. After looking like the game was over for most of the third quarter, the Badgers showed why they are one of the best teams in the country as they fought back in the fourth.

The Badgers crawled back and went on a 10-0 run in the quarter to cut the deficit to two points with 2:37 to go. Falling behind by three points with just over a minute remaining, Rosenkranz scored a basket and drained the foul shot that followed to tie the game at 43-43 and send the game to overtime.

Kayla Santilli (Brantford, Ont.) gave Brock a 49-48 lead with 90 seconds remaining but Carlton shattered Brock’s heart as they drained a buzzer beater to win the game 50-49.

Brock will look to rebound from this loss when they play York and Queen’s next weekend on the road.

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