By: John Mignelli- Assistant Sports Editor
The Brock Badgers women’s basketball team (0-1 OUA Playoffs) was bounced from the OUA playoffs on February 19, losing to the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-0 OUA Playoffs) by a score of 62-57 in Waterloo.
Elimination in the first round is certainly disheartening for the Badgers who had to entertain a demanding set of prerequisite outcomes in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Brock put up an admirable fight against the third-ranked team in the OUA West division, but ultimately lost and joined Lakehead (0-1 OUA Playoffs), Ryerson (0-1 OUA Playoffs) and York (0-1 OUA Playoffs) as road losers while each home team – McMaster (1-0 OUA Playoffs), Toronto (1-0 OUA Playoffs) and Ottawa (1-0 OUA Playoffs) – protected their home court.
Senior Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls, Ont.) of Brock had a valiant stat-line in the loss, totalling a game high 19 points as well as 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Samantha De Jong (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Kayla Santilli (Brantford, Ont.) were also productive combining for 23 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and three steals for the Badgers.
Despite these strong numbers, Laurier had four players scoring in double-figures, including Lee Anna Osei (Toronto, Ont.) who scored 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two steals. Osei was a perfect two-for-two from three-point range, and four-for-four from the free throw line.
Ending the first quarter with a 19-12 lead, things looked to be going smoothly for Brock until they only managed a measly nine points in the second quarter. Because of this stall in point production, Laurier tied the game with 28 points each at half-time.
A rocking third quarter in which Brock hung 20 points on the Golden Hawks was followed by another paltry nine-point quarter in the fourth, which must be looked at as one of the major failures in the loss.
Laurier doubled Brock’s fourth-quarter point total and thus won the game by five points.
Although they lost the game, Brock actually shot better from the field (39.3 per cent) than Laurier did (34.2 per cent). However, Brock only mustered a dismal one-for-seven three-point shooting display, which clearly didn’t help them. Both teams were unimpressive from the free-throw line shooting 66.7 per cent each. Brock was also out rebounded 43-40.
After being ranked as the seventh best team in the country prior to the start of the season, the Badgers underachieved wildly. As potential OUA medallist favourites, things never seemed to go well for Brock and possible locker room troubles can be said for this.
Elsewhere in the first round of the OUA playoffs, McMaster crushed Lakehead 68-44. The Marauders were propelled into the next round by Danielle Boiago (Hamilton, Ont.), Vanessa Bonomo (Dundas, Ont.), Hailey Milligan (Brantford, Ont.) and Jaklynn Nimec (Binbrook, Ont.) who all scored in double-figures.
Toronto narrowly edged out Ryerson 69-66 thanks to 21 points from Jill Stratton (Etobicoke, Ont.). Keneca Pingue-Giles (Winnipeg, Man.) had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Ryerson in the losing effort.
Finally, York was rolled by Ottawa 70-46. Francesca Bellehumeur-Moya (Ottawa, Ont.) of Ottawa scored 23 points, and Danielle Marion put up an economical 13 points and 12 rebounds in 21 minutes.
The second round of the OUA women’s basketball playoffs will tip-off on February 22, 2014 with the following match ups: Laurier vs. Western, Ottawa vs. Carleton, McMaster vs. Windsor and Toronto vs. Queens.