WBB: No. 8 ranked Badgers escape with 71-69 OT victory
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The No. 8 ranked Brock University women's basketball team (6-0 OUA) escaped with a 71-69 overtime victory over the Queen's Gaels (4-2 OUA) Saturday night on the road.
With 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Samantha deJong (St. Catharines, Ont.) hit the jumper to tie it 60-60 ending it to overtime.
With just under two minutes remaining in overtime, Brock led 66-64, before Queen's leading scorer Brittany Moore drained a three-pointer to take a one point lead 67-66 with 1:21 remaining.
The Badgers would answer with back-to-back field goals by deJong and sophomore Nicole Rosenkranz (Niagara Falls, Ont.) to take a 70-67 lead with 22 seconds left.
With five seconds left in OT, Queen's Jenny Wright would bring them back within one 70-69. After being fouled, Rosenkranz would close out the game going 1-for-2 from the charity stripe as the Badgers escaped with the two-point victory.
Leading the Badgers offense was Rosenkranz who recorded 21 points, four rebounds and three assists while going 9-for-20 from the field. deJong added 14 points and six rebounds while senior guard Emily McKay (Toronto, Ont.) chipped in with 12 points and six boards. Off the bench, senior guard Sarah Mallen (Fonthill, Ont.) was clutch going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc for nine points.
Moore led the Gaels with 21 points including three 3-pointers. Also in double figures were Sydney Kernahan who recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double and Wright who added 10 points in the loss.
For the game, Brock shot 39.4% (28-for-71) from the field and 76.9% (10-for-13) from the charity stripe. Queen's finished the game shooting 39.3% (24-for-61) from the field and outrebounded the Badgers 51-29.
Once again the Brock pressure defense forced Queen's into 34 turnovers leading to 27 points. In six games, Brock has forced the opposition to 167 turnovers.
The Badgers return to action next weekend Dec. 2-3 when they host the Ryerson Rams and University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the Bob Davis Gymnasium. Both games are scheduled for 6pm.
Notes: Brock is off to their best start since the 2005-06 season when they began with an 8-0 record. They finished with a 19-3 regular season record.