Brock women split weekend games
The Brock Badgers women’s basketball team has assured itself of a .500 record in Ontario University Athletics regular season play thanks to a 66-54 road victory over the Western Mustangs Saturday night.
It was a nice bounce back win for Brock (11-9) after falling 63-46 on the road at Windsor. The Badgers conclude their regular season with a home-and-home series this weekend against Toronto Metropolitan University (13-7). The series starts with a game Friday at 6 p.m. at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
“To rebuild, I didn’t want to be at the bottom. I knew we weren’t going to be at the top but we are better than a lot of teams,” Brock head coach Mike Rao said. “I wanted to keep it reasonable and stay in the conversation. We made the playoffs and that was the goal. Now we are there and we will see what it brings.”
In knocking off Western (10-10), the Badgers built quarter leads of 16-15, 35-33 and 47-43 led by Madalyn Weinert who had 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Weinert now sits third in the league in scoring (17.8 points per game) and fifth in rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game).
“She had a very, very good game and guess what, she is still learning. She is doing well,” Rao said.
Also contributing for Brock were: Allison Addy, 11 points and four boards; Olivia Fiorucci with eight points and six rebounds; Chloe Peters with eight points and three rebounds; and, Madison MacInnis with six points and five boards.
“The kids had a little more energy than Friday and there were a lot of energy plays,” Rao said. “We didn’t do everything 100 per cent and there were a lot of miscues and misplays. But our energy plays overcame a lot of that.”
Top scorers for Western were Ariane Saumure (17) and Emily Capretta (10).
Windsor (11-9) defeated Brock by building quarter leads of 18-14, 32-21 and 49-37.
Top performers for the Badgers were: Weinert with 19 points and seven boards; Oluwatito Akinnusi with nine points; and, Fiorucci with eight points and five rebounds.
Top point-getters for Windsor were Vanessa Budimunda (18) and Harriet Carey (15).
“We got into a little bit of foul trouble, we didn’t hit any shots and there was no urgency,” Rao said, of the loss.