The Redeemer women’s basketball team opened its 2011-12 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association season this past weekend (Nov. 4-5), hosting the Sault Cougars and the Algoma Thunderbirds. All three teams were looking for their first wins of the season.
The season openers came too early for the Redeemer Royals, however, as they continue to battle a number of key injuries. The injuries certainly were a factor on the weekend as veterans Morrisa Lychak (Nepean, ON) and Hannah Van De Kemp (Ajax, ON) had to watch from the bench.
The Lady Royals dropped a close contest on Friday night against Sault College, 54-47, in a game where the team struggled to hit shots. Despite the difficulties on offense, the team kept the game close by holding Sault to just 24.0% shooting and by putting together a tough, hard fought effort on the floor from the opening whistle. Allison Brouwer (Chatham, ON) had a team high 10 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double in her first-ever game as a Redeemer Royal.
Kiesha Matineau and Danielle White led Sault with 13 points each.
Saturday night saw the Royals up against a more experienced Algoma team who shot 53.1% in the first quarter giving them a lead they were able to carry to the end. Algoma’s 21 points from three-point shooting was the difference in the 73-38 loss for Redeemer. Algoma currently sits in first place in the OCAA West division.
In the game, Redeemer’s offensive struggles continued despite a team high 14 points from first-year Esther Weima (Nepean, ON) along with seven rebounds. Veteran Kelly Kellendonk (Tara, ON) added eight points for the Royals. Corina Bruni had a game high 18 points for Algoma.
The Lady Royals now hit the road for their first away games of the new season as they travel to Humber College to battle the Hawks on Friday, Nov. 11.