No. 7 Brock women's basketball downs Mustangs 65-57, Improves to 14-0
ST CATHARINES, Ont. – The No. 7 ranked Brock University women's basketball team improved to 14-0 in the OUA West division with a 65-57 win over the Western Mustangs (7-7 OUA West) on Wednesday night in the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
The matchup between west division rivals got off to a quick start with both teams trading opportunities without committing any fouls in the first quarter.
The Badgers led the scoring in the first half thanks to Andrea Polischuk's (Brantford, Ont.) 10 first half points, giving Brock the 33-23 advantage through two quarters.
In the third quarter, Western outscored the Badgers by eight points bringing them to within two points of Brock's 45-43 lead.
In the final frame, the Mustangs tied up the game for the first time since midway through the first quarter on a jumper from Mara Greunke.
After the Badgers took a short-lived two-point advantage, Western's Laura Dally made two free throws followed by a jump shot to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game at 49-47.
Brock felt the pressure coming but did not crack as they made seven of eight free throws in the final two minutes of the game to secure their 14th straight victory in OUA action.
Senior Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls, Ont.) continued her solid play with her third consecutive double-double registering 17 points with 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kayla Santilli (Brantford, Ont.) followed with 16 points, five assists and five rebounds. Polischuk finished with 12 points and six rebounds.
Rosenkranz is fifth in OUA scoring averaging 16.6 points per game and is third in rebounding averaging 9.4 rebounds per game. Santilli is averaging 13.1 points per game, which is good for 11th in OUA scoring.
Western's Jenny Vaughan, Emma Nieuwenhuizen, and Laura Dally scored 15, 14, and 13 points respectively to lead the Mustangs offense. Dally finished with a double-double by collecting 10 rebounds to go with her 13 points.
As a team, the Badgers shot 35.3% (24-for-68) from the field, 27.3% (6-for-22) from beyond the arc, and 91.7% (11-for-12) from the charity stripe. Western shot 35.7% (20-for-56) from the field, 7.7% (1-for-13) from three point land, and 88.9% (16-for-18) from the free throw line.
The Badgers next action comes on January 26th when they travel to McMaster to take on the Marauders (6-8 OUA West) at 12PM.