It has been a tough start to 2016 for the Brock Women’s Basketball team. After losing the opening game of the New Year at home to Windsor, they were dropped out of the CIS national rankings. Then the women followed up with another loss to Laurier dropping them to 5-3 on the season, and giving McMaster sole position of first in the OUA Central division.
However, on Saturday the women overcame their two game losing streak with a win over the winless Waterloo Warriors. The 76-53 win saw the Badgers get their best performance out of star guard Melissa Tatti. The Ancaster, Ontario native scored a season-high 21 points on five of seven shooting from three.
Over the course of the Badgers’ struggles, Tatti has been one of the players to show improvement. In the first four games of the season, Tatti was averaging 10.3 points on 33.3 per cent shooting and 22.7 from beyond the arc. In the last five she has improved those numbers to 14 points per game on 45 per cent from the field and 40.6 per cent from three.
The schedule does not get any easier for the Badgers as they’ll face a 6-3 Western team at home this Wednesday. Then they’ll host divisional rival Guelph, who is 5-4 on the season. The Guelph game is a game the Badgers will need to gain some breathing room in the division and stay on course with McMaster, who leads the division.
Following Guelph, the Badgers will play Ryerson, Toronto, Carleton and Ottawa – three of which have winning records.
The women Badgers have been the best defensive team in the OUA, holding teams to 30.9 per cent shooting. For the Badgers to ride a win streak they’ll need to maximize every possession offensively and win every loose ball.
The Brock Men’s Basketball team, swept both Waterloo schools after defeating the Waterloo Warriors 81-69 on Saturday. Brock forward and Waterloo native Dani Elgadi averaged 25.5 points on 51.4 per cent shooting, 12 rebounds, two blocks and two steals over the course of the two games in his hometown. Elgadi had a double-double in the Badgers first eight games, but that ended against the Warriors when he fell two rebounds shy of the milestone.
However, Johneil Simpson pulled out his first double-double of the regular season against the Warriors with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The game against Waterloo also saw a lineup change for Brock as Nolan Mackenzie started at point guard over first year guard Tyler Brown. Mackenzie had been coming off the bench after he started in 12 games last season, but his benching this season had been more because he missed all of preseason due to an injury.
Back and healthy, Mackenzie has been seeing his fair share of minutes on the court. Now back in the starting lineup, expect head coach Charles Kissi to continue with Mackenzie as a starter going forward. Also, we could see increased minutes of Mackenzie and Brown on the court together.
The Badgers have also been ranked number four in the country all season in the CIS, and that could change in the week seven rankings being released on Jan. 19. After defeating Carleton, Ottawa is poised to move back to number one after being dropped to number three. Carleton will likely fall from one to two. Then McGill, who lost to Laval over the weekend could be knocked down to fourth from second, meaning the Badgers would likely move into third in the country. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see how the CIS week seven rankings come out.
The Badgers will play the Western Mustangs on Jan. 20 for the second annual President’s game. The women’s game tips off at 6:00 p.m. and the men will play at 8:00 p.m.