Brock women’s basketball versus Western Mustangs
Missing their leading scorer Kristin Gallant in this one, the Badgers got off to a real slow start versus Western on the road.
Gallant left this past Friday’s game with a calf sprain and was not able to return.
The Badgers were only capable of scoring five points in the opening quarter, allowing the Mustangs to take a 24-5 lead.
Ana Rua and Courtney Mcpherson tried to get the Badgers back into it in the second quarter, which was a much better offensive performance for the Badgers, scoring 22 points.
However, the Mustangs held the Badgers to 18 points in the second half, which was enough to pull away with a 71-45 win.
Mcpherson finished with 11 points and was the Badgers lone scorer in double figures. Western got a strong 24 points and nine rebounds from Mackenzie Puklicz, Maddy Horst had 19 points and Emma Johnson came off the bench for an additional 10.
Neither team was efficient for the game with Brock shooting 31.7 per cent for the game and Western at 34.7 per cent. The Mustangs also hit seven more threes and the Badgers struggled with turnovers. Western scored 32 points off 20 Brock turnovers.
The Badgers conclude their season Saturday when they travel to Windsor with a 6-17 record.
OUA playoffs – game one: Brock men’s hockey versus Laurier Golden Hawks
Either Clint Windsor of Brock or Laurier’s Colin Furlong were going to be the spotlight in this first round best-of-three-series. As two of the OUA’s top goalies matched up, in game one it was Windsor who stole the show.
Windsor made all 38 saves to shutout the Lancers and the Badgers offense did the rest of the work.
Mitch Nardi opened the scoring 12 minutes into the game, with assists coming from Mack Lemmon and Skylar Pacheco. Five minutes later Cosimo Fontana added the Badgers second, assisted by Adam Lloyd and Pacheco.
Pacheco would end his night with a third point as he scored an empty net goal from Matt MacLeod.
The Hawks looked to score late in the third period, but the referee waived it off to keep Windsor’s shutout in tacked.
Furlong was impressive for the Golden Hawks making 33 saves of the 35 shots he faced.
The Badgers need one more victory to move on in the OUA playoffs, as game two will come to St. Catharines on Friday for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop.
Brock men’s basketball versus Western Mustangs
The imbalance of the OUA west division showed on Wednesday night. The divisions first seed, Brock came out and made a statement versus the number two seed Mustangs.
Western was held to eight points in both the first and third quarter, as the Badgers went on to win 92-51. The 41-point victory is the Badgers second largest as they’ve won by 43 twice this season.
Johneil Simpson came off the bench to score 27-points in 24 minutes for the Badgers and Dani Elgadi added 13 points.
The Badgers stepped up big in this game after almost slipping to the last place Lakehead Thunderwolves this past weekend. Brock is now 21-2 and conclude their season Saturday versus Windsor.
Playoffs begin Feb. 24 for Brock and they still await to see who their opponent will be.