After breaking their seven-year losing streak a week ago to Sault College, the Redeemer Royals women’s basketball team wanted to show it was not just a fluke: They did just that on Friday (Nov. 2) in a nerve wracking 62-61 victory over perennial Ontario Colleges Athletic Association powerhouse, Sheridan Bruins.
Playing before an energetic Royals crowd, the game, that saw four lead changes and five ties, came down to the last shot as the Bruins had a chance to win but the shot rimmed out.
Victoria Pickering (Campbellville) had a game-high 21 points for the Royals as the team shot 33% from beyond the arc compared to Sheridan’s 8%. Pickering had five of Redeemer’s eight three-pointers and was 8/12 throughout the game. OCAA player of the week, Jesseca Brown (Grand Manan, NB), had 13 points for Redeemer while Morrisa Lychak (Nepean) added 10 points.
Haeven Durrant had a team-high 14 points for Sheridan.
While the win against Sault College the week before was significant and ended the losing streak, it was against a team that is in their second full season in OCAA women’s basketball. The win against the Bruins on Friday night was over the most dominate team in the OCAA during the past five seasons.
The Bruins record of 68-6 during that period includes three provincial championships and three national championship appearances. The last time the Bruins played Redeemer at home was last year, the Royals lost, 102-43.
The next night, the Lady Royals looked to make it three wins in a row when the Fanshawe Falcons arrived fresh from their season opening 80-54 win over Humber College on Oct. 30. The Falcons were coming off of a 2011-12 season that saw them go an impressive 16-2.
The game proved to be another great test for the Royals. Unfortunately, one bad quarter, where the Royals were outscored 25-15, ended up being the difference as Fanshawe won, 77-68.
Redeemer entered halftime trailing by two but couldn’t hold on as fatigue from playing the night before set in. Brown had a team-high 20 points for Redeemer while Pickering had 12. Arica Price (Fort McMurray, AB) added 10 as well for the Royals. Felicia Mazerolle had a game-high 28 points for Fanshawe in the win.
Having played two of the top teams in the league, the Lady Royals sit tied for second place with Fanshawe with four points.
Redeemer’s men’s team is still searching for its first win after tough losses to Sheridan, 58-47, on Friday and Fanshawe, 77-45, on Saturday.
On Friday night, Calvin Turnbull (Burlington) had a team-high 12 points for Redeemer. Paul Hart (Ancaster) chipped in for 10. Michael Selkridge had a game-high 20 points for Sheridan. The Royals struggled offensively as they shot only 15/74 for the night. Redeemer’s strong defense kept them in the game despite their lack of offense.
In the game against Fanshawe, Hart once again had a solid game and led Redeemer in scoring with 15 points. Chris McFadden-Martin (Oakland, Cal.) added 10 points. Boyd Vassell had 16 points for the Falcons.
The men’s and women’s teams are at home again this weekend when the Lambton Lions visit on Friday night and the St. Clair Saints on Saturday afternoon.